Here are a few quick exercises to relieve stress; my family, friends, and clients have used them with a lot of success. The beauty is, they are very simple to do and require little in the way of time.
List the past:
Making a list about 'stress' can help you look at it in a different light. Ask yourself this question to generate your list: If you could let go of any parts of your past, what would you let go of?
Review your list:
Then, study that list because it probably indicates something about your stress-tendencies. For instance, if you put "money" as your first item and "sports" as your 15th item, you can assume that "money" is more related to your stressful thinking than how well your son's baseball team performs!
Now take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and imagine yourself holding up a mirror through which you are able to see whatever inner wounds exist. Now open your eyes and draw a picture of yourself, showing all these different places of woundedness using any colors that you wish.
Locate and Learn:
Now once more go inside yourself. See these places of woundedness, and see how each place seems to connect to a person and/or place which is a part of your past. When you come out, make a list of all the connections you have seen.
The art of repetition:
repetition is powerful as a marketing technique (the average consumer needs to be exposed to something 7 times before they buy it!) and a spiritual technique to relieve stress. Close your eyes and focus on the meaning of words as you repeat: "I let go". Say it again, and again, and again.
Have a question about any of these? Feel free to email me and I'll get back to you ASAP. I can also direct you to additional resources that both my clients and I have found extremely useful. I've been doing this sort of thing since the late 1980's, and despite how much the world's problems have changed, these methods tend not to!