Let’s be honest - we could all use a bit of stress relief, right? And it seems that self-care is the way to go about that. It’s vital to being happy and fulfilled throughout our lives.
But the main problem is thinking that self-care is something that has to be defined. Some people prefer to do a full yoga workout. Others just want to binge-watch Netflix. Really, it’s all about what works for you.
There is so much more to stress relief and self-care than we realise. So today, we’re going to break that down and give you some strategies that you can start implementing today.
THE DEFINITION OF SELF-CARE
"Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health."
The word that stands out in this definition is intentional. Meaning we need to be deliberate and purposeful when it comes to our stress relief. Self-care is about doing actions and activities with a clear intention, with a view to making yourself more relaxed, peaceful, and stress-free.
So where do you start? Well, we already know that one person’s way of doing it might not work for you and vice versa.
The problem is that we can try too hard with self-care. We try to get into a new TV show, or practice a new yoga workout. But for you, it might be as simple as keeping a journal or going for a walk.
The best starting point is figuring out what kind of stress relief you actually need, so that’s where we’re going to start. Read through the list below, pick your section and start on the self-care.
STRESS RELIEF FOR YOUR BODY
When it comes to your body, you want to get your energy up, make those good endorphins flowing, and increase your self-esteem. The best way you can do this is through moving your body. Whether that’s a 40 minute strength training workout, a walk around the park, or a mad dancing session. When you move your body well, your confidence instantly starts to improve.
This section also includes things such as:
Your sexual desire 😉
STRESS RELIEF FOR YOUR MIND
It was Mental Health Awareness Week recently and this topic is now more important than ever. But self-care for your mind also comes from developing it. There’s always room to learn and the more you work your mind, the more you’ll affect the wellbeing of it in a positive way. Just don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion - it’s important to find a balance.
Stimulate your mind so you’re challenging yourself, but switch off and rest often so you can take in what you’ve learnt. This will do wonders for your creativity.
STRESS RELIEF FOR YOUR LOVED ONES
Lots of us forget that when we’re stressed, we affect the emotions and feelings of those around us too. Self-care doesn’t have to be done alone.
As humans, we feel the need to belong, to be accepted, to be appreciated. This then allows us to create connections with other like-minded people. It’s so important to nurture relationships with those people you know, so your social wellbeing is fulfilled and your stress levels stay low.
STRESS RELIEF FOR YOUR BELIEFS
Your beliefs and values are about as personal as you can get. What drives you? What gives you purpose? What calms you? This is what you need to focus on. It’ll also help you understand what’s most important to you.
STRESS RELIEF FOR YOUR EMOTIONS
Your emotions play a big part in representing who you are as a person and a blogger. If you know yourself emotionally, you will be able to better nurture your relationships, cope with struggles and have a more solid understanding of who you are.
This way, you’ll develop a kindness and love not just for others, but also yourself.
Now you know what elements of your life need stress relief, it’s up to you to start implementing small things into your daily routine. Start small. Think about what you do on a day-to-day basis and where you can start implementing some self-care strategies. If you try and do this in a natural way, it’ll make it even easier for you.
What works for you in terms of stress relief? How do you incorporate self-care into your daily life?