10 Easy Self-Care Strategies For Stress Management

Throughout life undoubtedly there will be stress related to any number of things. Things such as family issues, work-related stressors, financial problems, illness, or the loss of loved ones.  Stress happens to all of us. While we cannot control what the world throws in our direction, we can control how stress affects our lives.  Having a good self-care strategy is an excellent way to do just that!

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Self-care, in essence, is the act of being good to yourself and taking care of yourself. Self-care strategies are meant to replenish and nourish the inner and outer “you”.  It is no secret that we are busy people. 

The average person wears many hats on a daily basis:  homemaker, spouse, parent, teacher, employee, etc.  Being able to actively participate in self-care activities helps us avoid spreading ourselves too thin.

Have you ever felt like you’re at the end of your rope?  Drained?  Exhausted?  Irritated?  Overwhelmed and stressed?  If so, it would be in your best interest to incorporate any or all of the following self-care strategies on a routine basis.

10 Self-Care Strategies

Stressed or not, these basic three: sleep, nutrition, and exercise should be the top priority.  Without the basic three elements of self-care, we can’t possibly expect ourselves to live our best lives.

Sleep

Our bodies require 5-8 hours of sleep to recharge and prepare for the next day.  Just getting the recommended number of hours isn’t enough, though. 

We need to focus on quality sleep as well.  Get rid of distractions.  Turn off the TV and put your smartphone out of reach. 

Nutrition

A balanced diet is going to make a world of difference in how your body handles stress.  Obviously, healthy meals are ideal. 

When you need a snack, opt for something that isn’t loaded with useless carbs, like nuts, berries, yogurt, jerky, etc. 

Exercise

Don’t let exercise scare you!  You don’t have to join a gym and become a gym rat. And you don’t have to join the HIIT groups either!  Simply add in a regular exercise routine that increases your heart rate for about 15-30 minutes.  It gets the blood pumping, loosens up muscles and joints, and is a great way to free the mind and release stress.

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Do Not Hold In Your Emotions

Holding everything inside affects virtually every aspect of our lives.  Instead of alleviating the stress caused by an emotion, it actually causes more stress.  Picture a volcano filled with boiling lava, waiting to explode and destroy everything in its wake.  Don’t be a volcano.  Allow yourself time to process unpleasant emotions. 

Refrain From Negative Self-Talk

Make it a daily goal to refrain from negative self-talk.  Look for the positives in all situations and people.  And most of all, don’t ever allow another human being to take control over your attitude and mood to ruin your day. 

It Is OK To Say NO

Believe it or not, it’s okay to say “no”.  You don’t have to be everywhere all the time for everyone else.  Establish priorities and boundaries regarding time invested in your professional life and personal life. 

Delegating tasks to other family members or coworkers also helps reduce stress.  It’s not about giving up control; it’s finding balance by making good use of your resources.  This way, things get done and you don’t self-combust.

Create Meaningful Social Connections

A great self-care strategy for stress management is in creating meaningful social connections.  We thrive in social interaction and there is an inherent level of satisfaction in creating long-lasting and extraordinary bonds with other people. Join a pottery class, a fitness class, or go on a brunch date with a friend. We are talking real, in-person, face-to-face conversation, and being able to cultivate meaningful relationships.

Meditation & Relaxation Techniques

A 10-minute meditation session first thing in the morning is an incredibly helpful self-care technique.  This is easily incorporated into a daily routine as it doesn’t take long, but its effects can last throughout the entire day.  Relaxation techniques are especially useful right before bed, as well. 

Pamper Yourself

And last but certainly not least, get in some pampering time.  Getting massages and enjoying the massage chairs during a pedicure are fantastic, but don’t believe the myth that all self-care has to cost you a pretty penny.

There are plenty of self-care ways to pamper yourself for free such as

  • a bubble bath
  • a homemade facial mask
  • mani-pedi at home
  • burn a candle
  • a glass of wine and a good book
  • write in a journal
  • a guilt-free TV binge
  • sleep in and then fix your favorite breakfast. 

Self-care strategies should be part of a daily routine.  It may seem selfish on the surface, but it’s quite the opposite.  When we take care of ourselves, we have more of ourselves to give.

See Related Post: Positive Self-Talk: The Ultimate Self-Care For Women

Life is demanding and sometimes it seems to pull us in all directions all at once. 

Prepare yourself mentally and physically to endure the daily challenges with self-care techniques for stress management. 

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29 thoughts on “10 Easy Self-Care Strategies For Stress Management”

  1. It certainly is ok to say no, if you’re struggling to do so then start off saying no to small things and work your way up. Learning how to develop and maintain personal boundaries also helps.

    I wish it was easy to stop the negative self talk. I’ve had it my entire life, and I’ve never been able to stop it. The best I can do is keep my mind occupied so it doesn engage in it

  2. These suggestions are bang on! Having had breast cancer, I can personally attest that these techniques are so very important. Before cancer, I didn’t do any of these things. I ate poorly, didn’t exercise, worked in a stressful job, looked after my family, but not me. After cancer treatments, I vowed to change all that. I ate healthy foods, started running and exercising. I learned meditation to deal with PTSD of a cancer diagnosis. I started taking better care of me. And I am cancer free after 6 years. So, thanks for the reminder and spreading the word!

  3. Thank you for such wonderful reminders of so many things important to self care. The two big ones I’m currently working on, are not keeping my emotions bottled up and trying to do less negative self talk. It’s so hard trying to change things from the way you’ve done for years. It gets even muddier, when you’ve been in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship before too.

  4. “No” can be such a difficult word to say when you’ve been conditioned to give others’ needs a higher priority than your own. Thank you for sharing this list. Some really great thoughts here. ❤

  5. I have no problem with the self-pampering. It’s the routine exercise that I procrastinate about. Thanks for reminding me to take better care of myself.

  6. Self-care is so important, especially for women. We feel like we have to take care of everyone else’s needs and there’s nothing left for ourselves. We must take the time to recharge! Thank you for the 10 easy strategies that we can implement.

  7. Amazing and THANK YOU!!! I am guilty of negative self-talk, I’ve always self criticized myself and yes this is so negative. Thank for the awesome insights.

  8. It is official…I need to start meditating. It is the one thing I am always lacking when it comes to self care! Thanks for all of these great tips 🙂

  9. Dan "Jay" Reyes

    Good self-care strategies. I especially like the one you mentioned about refraining from negative talk. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

  10. these are very helpful especially now! being in lockdown with my hyperactive kids for 5 weeks now, I definitely need this!

  11. Such great self care strategies. I love the analogy as like a volcano as trapping the emotions inside can be explosive and cause unnecessary stress or anxiety. One of the best ways I have found to help work through emotions is with journaling. A glass of wine and reading a good book sounds good too. Thanks for sharing.

  12. These are such great strategies! I really love the one about saying no. I think we sometimes try to be everything to every person, and it’s exhausting. Creating boundaries has made a big difference in my life.

  13. This list of advice is…. lifesaver! I mostly prefer to create meaningful social connections, which mean less toxic relationships to be stressed. Also, positive talk practice to myself works well for me. Those two are the best. Everyone has different ways to keep themselves stress-free and this article allows all of the readers to look for what is best for them! Thanks a lot 🙂

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