The current paradigm for working with Stress is to get relief from it as often as you can. It should be noted that as effective as these methods are in the short term, the positive effect is temporary and to continual relief from Stress over time, one has to repeat these practices in order to get relief on a regular basis. Some more effective ways to get Stress relief are:
Exercise is probably the most productive in helping to reduce stress, no matter what form it takes. Exercise is good for the body and mind on many levels. It improves respiratory and circulatory systems, helps brain health and memory, reduces stress and anxiety, increases energy levels, etc.
Breathing Techniques –
Breathing exercises slow the heart rate, reduce anxiety, increase energy levels, lowers blood pressure, relaxes muscles, endorphins are released and make you feel better, etc.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique - A very thorough relaxation technique. For how to do it go to: https://www.anxietybc.com/sites/ default/ files/MuscleRelaxation.pdf.
Meditation is another very productive tool when counteracting stress. It reduces stress and anxiety, can improve sleep, is very helpful to the brain and can improve memory, can improve your moods, reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, etc.
There are some who will disagree but Mindfulness is along the same vein as Meditation when it comes to relaxing the mind and creates some of the same results. Mindfulness helps to assist to lower anxiety levels, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, increase immune function, increase awareness, increase attention and focus, and promote higher brain functioning, etc.
Yoga, tai chi, and qigong
These three ancient arts combine rhythmic breathing with a series of postures or flowing movements. The physical aspects of these practices offer a mental focus that can help distract you from racing thoughts. They can also enhance your flexibility and balance.