Taking care of ourselves and managing our stress levels is more important than ever in these challenging times. It can be hard to fit a good self care routine into a busy schedule, but here’s an easy plan that should fit into the most hectic life.
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1. Take a news break
Constantly listening to the news will stress out even the most relaxed person these days. It’s important to strike a balance between being well informed and needlessly stressing out. There’s nothing any of us can do to affect world affairs, and nothing will change in the short term. So step back from the news for at least a few hours and a couple of days if possible.
2. Eat well
Stress causes cravings for sugar and fat but giving in to them causes even more stress. It’s a vicious cycle, and the best way to break it is by eating well, even during stressful times.
Don’t focus on eliminating or even reducing sugar and fat from your diet. Instead just work on eating more of fruits and vegetables. That way you won’t have as much room for the other.
In particular try to have some of the deep orange and red colored produce. They have so many health benefits for you!
A side benefit of eating better in addition to reducing stress is you will probably lose a few pounds which in itself is a great self care plan
3. Deep breathing = Plan for Less Stress Instantly.
Taking few deep breaths is always a great way to destress. Three to six deep breaths will relax the body and reduce overall stress.
4. Get some sun
All it takes is five minutes of sunlight (or an equal amount of time under a sunlamp) to increase Vitamin D production and reduce cortisol levels, both of which reduce stress.
A few minutes of writing reduces stress levels. Both gratitude journaling and stream of consciousness writing provide a great outlet for stress. All it takes is a pen and a sheet of paper!
6. Go for a walk
Every doctor agrees that exercise is a fantastic way to reduce stress, but it doesn’t take a lot of time at the gym to do it. Even a ten-minute walk is enough to lower stress levels. So go outside for the walk and combine it with getting some sun. You don’t need a plan for stress, just go outside and move.
7. Get off social media
Not forever, but too much social media is itself a stressor and can lead to anxiety and self-esteem issues. Taking a break for a day or two can do wonders for stress levels.
8. Use positive affirmations for self care from the inside out.
Affirmations are a good part of any self care plan but are especially good at boosting self-esteem and reducing stress. Pick a few favorite affirmations and recite those multiple times a day. Write them down and keep them around the house or office where they are easy to see.
9. Listen to music
Music is a great way to practice self care and reduce stress, and it’s an easy method to use. Pick some favorite music, turn it on, and enjoy. Dance if possible to increase the benefits.
10. Have a bedtime
Kids aren’t the only people who need a regular bedtime. Adults do too.
Getting a good night’s sleep is a key part of self care and stress reduction. A regular bedtime promotes both quantity and quality of sleep.
Products made with essential oils can also aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
Wrap Up for Self Care Less Stress Plan
I have listed 10 steps you can take to move towards feeling less stressed and more in control of your life. Don’t feel like you need to implement them all at once or even all at all. Pick and choose the ones that work best for you. I think that by even putting two or three into practice you will notice an improvement in how you feel.
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