Self-Care: Oh-No Stress!

Stress is something that every individual deals with on a daily basis. Not only is stress damaging in your mind, but it is detrimental to your health. Stress can lead to significant damage - Both in the mind and body. When stress has reached an ultimate high in your life, it can reduce and even kill brain cells, it can slowly erase your memory, and it can cause mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. All while doing this to your mind, stress also takes a toll on your body creating heart problems, body aches, low energy, severe headaches, chest pains, insomnia and much more. Stress is a serious health concern, it allows you to constantly be worried and plays on your self-esteem - Making you feel low.

That is why self-stress management has become such a big part of our lives. If stress gets in the way of your daily living, it becomes hard to manage your happiness, emotions, and daily routines. As the world evolves and living becomes a lot more stressful, it is becoming really important to learn about self-care and incorporate it into our lives. Back in the day, natural self-remedy was a big thing. We are human and in control of how our body reacts, therefore we should take care of it.

It is important to have some relaxation time on a daily basis, so that you can have a balanced lifestyle. Giving yourself some self-care can be a productive way to maintain a semi stress-free life. I say "semi" because let's face it - In life there will always be some stressful moments.

It's necessary to have the right tools to prioritize yourself, which shows that you are taking care of the best version of yourself. Below are some great self-care ideas that can you can add into your daily life.

Mediate. It's a known fact that by mediating, you can reduce your stress. It also controls your emotional health, keeps anxiety at bay, improves the clarity of your thoughts, and makes you a calmer individual in general.

Read, read, read. Did you know that reading everyday can lower your stress level? It's true! Reading is a mental stimulation, it builds knowledge, expands your vocabulary and improves your focus and concentration in life all together.

Use essential oils. There are many essential oils that can help you reduce your stress. Rose, lavender and jasmine are a few popular ones. Using essentials oils can bring a sense of "calm" to relax the body.

Use lemon. Because of its love affair with vitamin C, adding lemon to a hot cup of water and drinking it every day can help keep the stress away.

Get a massage. Getting a massage relieves postural stress and reduces tensed muscles caused by stress. It helps with your sleep pattern and boosts your immune system.

Spend time with loved ones. Spending time with family and friends promotes a healthy lifestyle while lowering stress levels. Having loved ones around allows you to deal better with any worries you may have, because you don't feel like you're all alone.

Plant something. The connection between growing plants and your mental health is impeccable. Planting can make an individual feel responsible, connected, and mindful – Feeling anxiety and depression free.

Wear you best outfit. Getting ready in your best outfit, even if you’re not planning on going out, can create a sense of happiness, which helps manifest positive vibes within your mental state of mind.

Listen to podcasts. There are tons of podcasts out there that can help with stress and your overall mental well-being.

Are you ready to lower your stress level? Ready to give yourself some "me time" throughout your day? If you are feeling like stress is sending you down an unhealthy spiral, it is highly recommended that you stop and self-evaluate. You may need to move things around in your schedule in order to allow some "me time" in, but it’s worth it. I cannot stress enough how much of a difference "me time" is going to make in your life if you give yourself even one hour every day. Use the above tools to open your arms to self-care.