Self-Care Strategies: 5 Simple Ways To De-Stress At Home
Do you experience a lot of stress? If so, you’re hardly alone. In fact, high levels of stress are so pervasive that about 30% of American adults will meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder during their lifetimes. That’s millions of people, all struggling with the worries of daily life – but you don’t have to live that way. By embracing appropriate self-care strategies, you can reduce your stress levels and get back to enjoying life.
Do A Body Check
Before diving into a more elaborate self-care plan, it’s important to first evaluate how you’re feeling overall, both physically and emotionally. Physical self-care starts with getting enough sleep and proper nutrition, exercising, and taking any medications as prescribed. If you’re not doing these things – and maintaining a routine – then it’s time to start. These simple actions can radically change your mindset, even though they’re focused on your physical health.
Try An App
People often say that our devices are damaging to our mental health, that we’re too connected, and it’s true that overreliance on computers and cell phones can be detrimental. That being said, our devices can also be tools that help us access useful mental health resources. If you’re struggling to access the support you need otherwise, consider using a digital therapy app to seek services. You can meet with a therapist by video chat or even text message on a schedule that works for you.
Create A Soothing Space
When it comes to mental health, there are the big routines, like sleeping and eating well and going to therapy, and then there are the little actions that can give you a boost as needed – and one easy thing you can do is create a calming space where you can relax. Set up battery operated tea lights in clusters or even invest in some floating ones and draw yourself a bath. You might also add a bath bomb or some aromatherapy oils to enhance the experience.
A lot of us spend our days cooped up in offices or in our homes and, especially for those living in cities, and indoor living can worsen stress and anxiety. Counter that cooped up feeling by spending time in nature. Getting outdoors, even if you’re just sitting in the sun, can boost your mood and help you establish a better sleep routine by normalizing your circadian rhythms. There’s also research suggesting that spending time outside can increase your focus and stimulate the brain centers related to empathy and emotional stability.
Laugh It off
Sometimes acting like you’re not anxious is all you need to do to stop feeling anxious. Cut back your stress levels by laughing off all your worries. Laughing – even if it starts out forced – can relieve your stress response, release mood boosting hormones, and help your body release tension stored in your muscles. Similarly, smiling can help improve your mood, even if you’re just faking a grin in the mirror. Over time, your brain will help you laugh and smile more naturally and you’ll feel less stressed.
Everyone needs their own self-care routine and while some people benefit from a hard run, others prefer or seated meditation. All that matters is that you find an approach that works for you and helps reduce stress and anxiety and bring joy to your life.