2. Take a vacation (in your mind)
Relaxing on a beach might not be in the budget, but going there mentally doesn’t cost a penny. Research has found that imagining something relaxing can have a similar effect to experiencing it. Close your eyes and picture your ideal stress-free location—in detail. How does the breeze feel on your skin? How do the waves sound? Any time you feel your stress mounting, take 30 seconds to recall that place.