Stress is caused by your own thoughts which is contrary to popular belief that it stems from outside factors. To diminish the effect that stress has over your life it is important to clean out stressful thoughts. By writing them down or getting them out it clears a good path for relaxation. Different relaxation techniques also help diminish stress. Time management is one of the most helpful ways to cut back the stress. Creating time every day to take a step back and view all of the good things happening also helps.