Work can be stressful, and so can commuting. It's normal to feel a bit tense when you get home, but you need to find ways to de-stress yourself in order to spend enjoyable time with your family. Stress tends to rub off on others, too. When you're less stressed, your family will be less stressed around you. You'll all enjoy your time together more when you're relaxed.

1.) Get Some Exercise.

Physical activity does wonders to reduce mental stress. A half hour of exercise each day can work the stress out of your body, leaving you feeling both healthier and more relaxed. It let’s you blow off steam and reduces hypertension, and it leaves you feeling more tired and satisfied. It also makes your body stronger, so that you are better able to deal with stressful situations in the future. As you notice your body getting stronger, you also gain a sense of accomplishment, and a better sense of well-being.

2.) Share Your Feelings.

When you are upset about something that has happened, or worried about potential problems that are looming, you don't need to bear this burden all by yourself. You can lessen your stress by confiding in someone, like a spouse, a sibling, or a close friend. Sharing your feelings with somebody who cares can help provide you with some emotional support, and minimize your stress. They may even have some practical suggestions for you.

3.) Learn To Meditate.

Meditation can do wonders for relaxing your mind and body, helping you release stressful thoughts and clear your head. It does take practice to meditate effectively; however, so give yourself some time to develop this skill. It doesn't take any equipment. All you need is a quiet location where you can sit undisturbed. Just sit still, and focus on your breath. When your mind wanders (and it will), just keep bringing it back to the present moment and your breath.

4.) Eat Healthy Foods.

Your body can be stressed when it doesn't get the nutrients it needs, and an inadequate diet can leave you more vulnerable to external stressors. Always try to eat a healthy breakfast that includes grains, fruits or vegetables, and some sort of protein like eggs. Ideally, you should eat three well-balanced meals each day. Avoid foods that are fried, greasy, or overly heavy, since these will make you feel tired and sluggish. It's also good to snack during the day, eating fruit or nuts between meals can help boost your metabolism.

5.) Watch Something Entertaining.

Sitting back on the couch and watching an entertaining movie or TV show is an excellent way to take your mind off the troubles of the day. You get drawn into someone else's story, and get to escape temporarily into their universe. To facilitate this, dim the lights, and set up the environment to focus on the movie or TV show as much as possible. For maximum relaxation, select a light comedy, mystery, or romance. War movies, action movies, horror movies, or anything too violent can spoil the relaxation effect. If you are watching television, use your DVR to skip the commercials.