"What causes us stress is multitasking while doing things that give us pleasure," Domar explains. So instead of working through your lunch hour, leave the juggling for more tedious tasks (such as returning phone calls as you're tidying up the house). Or pick one day a week to stay late at work and plow through your to-do list. Infuse your home and work environments with the same sense of time management, notes Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., psychologist and author of "Inner Peace for Busy People." "Messy spaces can cause stress, so it's important to throw out or file every day," she explains.
A number of studies show that listening to music, especially classical, may help you unwind. Though less melodic, therapeutic CDs of "binaural beats" also show promise as a means of calming the mind and body, according to several studies. These recordings work by projecting two tones of similar frequencies into each ear. This creates a "beat" at a certain frequency in the mind, say proponents, and your brain falls in sync with it; different frequencies call forth different moods. Web sites such as hemi-sync.com or appliedmusic.com offer relaxation-inducing binaural-beat recordings.