I don't know about you, but I'm a rather stressed person.
From the moment I get on the tram in the morning, go to work, bitch at traffic, wipe away someone's sneeze from my sleeve, forget my lunch, get annoyed with a colleague at work, eat way too much chocolate, have splitting headache, go home to bed...I'm stressed! every single day. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less, but it's a fact.
I've been researching things that I could do to help myself (and probably others around me, as well).
Here's a list of what I came up with:
1. sleep more
This one is rather obvious. If you get enough sleep, you're more energetic, active & willing to forgive. This in turn translates into better relationships with others & much less stress.
2. get moving
I said it once & I'll say it again- physical effort makes happy people. Even if it means a walk in the park, or sit ups on your yoga mat at home.
3. manage your time & finances better
If you know where your money goes, you'll be calmer & less stressed about the future.
Same with your time. It's better to know you're not just loosing it, but that you do things that are expected, planned & need to be done.
I have a calendar app in my iPad & my phone which I use all the time to plan my days. It really works.
4. accept the things you can't change
I know, easier said than done, but it really is the key to a happy & less stressful life.
Don't expect people do be perfect, don't assume things, and finally, don't try & change things unless you know they can be changed...
5. share your problems
I agree that it's not always easy, esp. if like me, you think you can handle pretty much everything. But sometimes, you just don't HAVE TO handle it all. You CAN ask your friends for support & what's more, you probably should. This will get you closer to them, & make you realize that you're not alone. Because whatever you might think, the reality is that you're NOT alone.