I have a three step formula I use when my mind is restless and stressed out.
1. Do some dana (Whether you're giving your time, your labour doing chores, your ear to a friend in need, the options are only limited by your imagination)
2. Metta meditation ()
3. Anapanasati (As others have described it's a great soother of the mind, but the dana and the metta as precursors really kick it up a gear in terms of putting the mind at ease)
All this can be accomplished in the space of about an hour, so if you're home for the day by 4pm, by 5 you're revitalized for the entire evening.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -