We live in stressful times, where it’s often taken for granted that we will work until we’re tired and then go to bed to do it all over again tomorrow. While a strong work ethic is a positive, it can have harmful effects on your emotional, mental and physical health to always be pushing yourself to your limits. If you find that stress is getting you down and you need to unwind, here are some tips to make your days more relaxed and your life a happier one.

1) Build Healthy Habits

One area which is often overlooked is how important it is to look after your physical health in order to look out for your mental health. It’s important to find balance in your life with a mix of work and recreation, and to always ensure that you’re getting a good night’s sleep to allow your batteries to recharge. While it may seem counter-intuitive, you can actually get more work done when you’re sleeping and relaxing more, because it allows you to be more efficient while you’re working.

2) Watch What You Take In

Watching your diet is another simple way to feel better. If you start eating a healthier diet you’ll be amazed how much better you feel physically, and when your body feels better in your daily life it allows your mind to feel better as well.

3) Find Fun Fitness

Eating right and getting rest are important steps of living healthier, but they’re not the whole process. If you’re not active regularly you’re missing out. Find a recreational activity that you enjoy which gets you moving and burning calories. Not only is it great for your health, but spending time with an activity like rock climbing or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also serves as stress relief by clearing your mind and letting you focus only on what you’re doing in the moment.

4) Mellow With Music

Sometimes all you need to unwind at the end of the day is a little time away from the stresses of your daily routine. Add in some relaxing music to your commute home, or take some time to just sit and listen to music after you’re home. These little breaks help you to reset and transition out of the working mindset so that you don’t spend all night worrying about 9-to-5 concerns.

5) Get With the Times

For many workers, a significant portion of the day is spent sitting in traffic and commuting to work. If you’re doing that in a car you don’t love being in it can contribute significantly to your daily stress levels. By upgrading to a more modern car you can make your commutes easier and turn one of the most stressful times of your day into one of your most relaxing.

Spend Time With Your Loved Ones

Ultimately the reason we put up with the worries and stresses of the modern day is to build a life we can enjoy with the people we love. If you’re not taking advantage of that life to spend time with those you care aboutthen what’s the point? When you find that stress levels are reaching a breaking point, plan a game night or head out for a weekend vacation with your friends or family to help yourself unwind.

While you may not be able to remove stress from your life entirely, that doesn’t mean you have to just accept that high stress levels are inevitable. With these stress-relief solutions, you can slowly but surely reduce the amount of daily tension in your life and allow yourself to live your best life every single day.