Exercise moderately and regularly (too much/vigorous exercise is now known to be bad for you), eat healthy foods in healthy proportions, stop smoking/don't start, and BREATHE deeply and regularly. Music that's soothing (low and slow) also helps.
Breathing exercises, doing yoga or tai chi, even something as simple as a cup of warm tea. Some try mani/pedi's, others get their hair done. Maybe just a hot shower or warm bath. Making a special dinner or watching a movie with the one you love. A bike ride also clears my head and relieves some tension. Anything that helps calm you, your muscles, and your brain.
I would say the first thing to do is breath regularly, this releases stress, second, smile, this is also a stress releaser. After these two there are a lot of methods to escape from stress, for long term and to keep stress away. You can start from exercises (doing daily are very good for wellbeing) , affirmations what helps to keep stress away (Like I can be calm, or the Bene Geserit from Dune: I will not fear, fear is the mind killer, I will face my fear and let it pass through me and lot of this), tai chi -yoga for getting in a shape that stress is more constructive (positive stress), walking in nature- a very natural method which I like a lot, you can go to a therapist which may teach you a lot o exercises you can do to handle situations. good luck.
*get through some mild physical exercises - walking, warm ups, icebreakers. * join a group and do this * meditation * listening to music * dancing * having things to look forward to. * helping others can often take the 'I'm under pressure' thing away.
What do you do to relieve stress when you can't go anywhere?A great way for me to work off stress, is not going for a walk. It is stacking wood and moving it. You bet it is heavy, but it is also a stress reliever!