11 Simple Ways to Practice Self Care and Release Stress

Next time you feel stressed, just hug it out! The human touch is powerful and can provide instant benefits no matter what life has thrown at you.

7. GET INVOLVED IN GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES.

Exercise has been proven to lower stress levels.  It also releases endorphins, which make you feel instantly energized and euphoric. Working out around other people also gives a sense of community, offering a bonding experience with others while doing something good for your body. If you have a gym nearby, try a few workout classes if you want a fun way to relieve stress.

8. GET RID OF THE SOURCE OF STRESS.

If you can eliminate a few of your stressors altogether, that would free up a lot of your time, energy, and “emotional capacity”. Obviously, you can’t just get rid of your job or bills immediately, but if you have experienced added stress from having too many obligations, try to drop the ones that aren’t mandatory. Regardless of what others may think or say, you are allowed to free up your schedule and have some “you” time for self care.

9. ASK FOR A MASSAGE.

Whether you ask your partner for a massage or book an appointment at your local spa, a massage is an excellent self care practice to wipe away stress and transport you to a place of complete bliss. Massage therapy can work out the kinks in your shoulders or back while also getting rid of the emotional snarls you might be feeling, leaving you only with a wealth of benefits, both physical and psychological. You deserve to feel vibrant and de-stressed!

10. TAKE AN EPSOM SALT BATH.

Epsom salt baths are known far and wide for their sprawling positive effects on the mind, body, and spirit.  Not only does the warm water help relieve aching joints and sore muscles, but adding in Epsom salt with a few drops of your favorite essential oils can also relax the nervous system and help replenish magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium helps produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical in the brain that creates a feeling of calm and tranquility. Salt baths have also been known to eliminate toxins in the body, which help alleviate stress and trapped tension

11. HONOR YOUR INNER CHILD.

This final tip can allow you to channel your most childlike desires and forget about adult responsibilities for a while. After work one day, do something your eight year old self would have enjoyed. Go play outside in your backyard and fully engage in the marvels of nature, take your kids to race go-karts, or play a game of hide-and-seek with them. There’s nothing like bringing out the kid within us all to play for a little while to remind us that life really isn’t as serious as we make it out to be!