5 Tips To Reduce Stress


Due to the different roles individuals may play in life and the uncontrollable situations that may arise, stress may easily creep into their daily lives as a result.    It is crucial that individuals participate in self-care behaviors to reduce stress.  It is very easy for individuals to participate in self-care behaviors such as brushing teeth and bathing/showering daily but sometimes it seems difficulty to participate in self-care behaviors such as relaxation and “Me” time.  All of them are important in regards to individuals’ overall health.

When working in a field that gives you a platform to help others, it is easy to put self-care behaviors such as relaxation and “Me” time on the back burner. While this can be fulfilling, one must be careful to not leave out time for self-care behaviors.  I was guilty of this in the past.  I would focus most if not all of my time on job related activities.  I began to experience stress that lead to burn out.  Burn out may reduce the chances of being effective in the different roles one may play in life.   I had to take a step back and see what I needed to do differently.  I created a list of self-care behaviors and I incorporated them into my life.

Here are 5 self-care behaviors that may help reduce stress

1.  Set some time aside to participate in relaxing activities. Give your mind and body a break.    Everyone may have different preferences of pampering.  Find one that you love and go all in.  I love sitting and sipping tea, listening to calming music, spa bath, massage, etc.

2.  May sure you have 8 hours of sleep. Sleep is important.  When the body lacks sleep, it does not function as it should.  The body may become tired and weak which will make it more difficult to handle any stress that may arise.  Lack of sleep may also make it difficult to function effectively.  When I lack sleep, I miss important details that I would normally recognize.

3.  Find a person that you trust for support. Talk it out (vent and go over possible solutions).  It could be a friend or professional.   Writing could be another option.  Writing can also be use as a way to vent and create solutions.

4.  Have an optimistic attitude. Sometimes, situations happen in life that we do not have any control over. It may be beneficial to look at the bright side of the situation.  My aunt always discussed how there is always a bright side of the situation.  The situation could have been worst.

5.  Participate in some form of exercise. Exercise may help the body reduce stress levels by releasing happy chemicals called endorphins.  I always have a burst of happiness after exercising.

By taking time out to participate in these self-care behaviors, individuals may be equipping themselves with the necessary tools to handle  and reduce stress.  Individuals may also become more effective in the different roles they may play in life.  This list is constantly growing as I am always finding more ways to participate in these type of self-care behaviors.

Do you have any self-care behaviors that you participate in that may reduce stress?

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37 thoughts on “5 Tips To Reduce Stress

  1. This is a great list! You’d be surprised at how many adults do not believe me when I tell them that the first step to a healthier body is 9-10 hours of sleep. At the VERY least you should be getting 8, you will function so much better! I personally love a cup of camomile tea, and if possible a good yoga session. 🙂

    1. Hello Laura,
      Thanks so much! I have been experimenting with different kinds of tea also. Great choice regarding yoga. I have often thought about getting into yoga. That will definitely be added to my list to try.

  2. I love this list, and I’ve been incorporating each one onto my life. This was before I found your blog, so all I would add would be to meditate and find some awesome relaxation videos on YouTube. Thank you for your blog post it was very helpful. 😊

    1. Hello Jeanine,

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad that it was helpful. Thank you so much for the kind words and for sharing your tips. I will be adding them to my list. I don’t think that a person can ever have too many tips for reducing stress.

  3. I needed these tips I work 2 jobs and I never could get the time to relax or get some me time or even exercise readind this blog is the boost I need!!!!!!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Rebecca!. This is very encouraging. I just left your blog and it is lovely and very inspiring. You have a blessed day also 🙂

      1. Thank You so much. I am so glad you like my blog. I needed to hear that. It has been a rough 4 or 5 days. Our house flooded during a storm. And well its a job pulling all the carpet up and I am so tired and really needed to hear something so nice. 1000’s of Blessings for you

  4. I’m going to work on the sleep and exercise! All of these are great points and as an educator you hit the nail on the head about putting our own self care on the back burner. One thing I’m good at in regards to self care is going for my twice a month facial…. I get a good neck and shoulder massage and that helps me relax, thus reducing stress. When finances are tight I try to go in for one of those 15 minute chair massages.

    1. Yes, it is so easy to do as an educator too. Kudos for getting those facials and massages. I need to look into those 15 minute chair massages.

    1. That is great! I am working on changing my exercise routine now. I got to get me a facial. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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