Breathe Deep
Mother and daughter doing yoga

When all else fails, simply taking time to meditate -- or at least breathe deeply -- can reduce stress.

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Meditation, breathing exercises or the steady movements of yoga might be able to counteract the stress of a disastrous day. Yoga might be trendy, but there's a reason it's so popular: Its rhythmic repetition and emphasis on the inner functions of the body -- mainly, breathing -- aims to lure your focus away from the outer stressors of the day [source: Mayo Clinic: Yoga]. Additionally, your yoga sessions might make you more flexible and physically fit.

If yoga just isn't for you, then you could also try a simple breathing exercise to temporarily remove yourself from a stressful day: Slowly inhale through your nose for eight counts, then exhale for another eight.