Exercise is the key for me!
I find that exercise is the simplest and most accessible way for me to deal with the day-to-day buildup of stress. Rather than dreading my workouts, I consider them to be a reward and a part of my overall healthy lifestyle. A couple of years ago, I decided to splurge and get myself a membership to a local gym. I had been struggling with the decision to spend that kind of money on myself, but then I decided to view the decision through a different set of lenses. I asked myself: If my friend or spouse wanted something for themselves that would cost around $1.25 per day and would give them a means to improve their overall mental and physical health, would I ever say no, that's just not worth it? Of course I wouldn't say that to anyone else! Why would I say it to myself? I joined the club, and I have been really enjoying the opportunity to work out my day-to-day stress there, minimizing the buildup I had before.