How to Take Care of Yourself During Times of Stress

If you are feeling stressed, you will need to find a way to take care of yourself. Your body and your mental well-being are important for success in everyday life. Too much stress without any release can begin you down a path of mental health problems. You can try to de-stress by exercising, eating healthy, sleeping, having an emotional support animal, talking to someone, drinking water, saying no, and just finding what makes you happy. Each of these things is an example of how you can take care of yourself during times of stress.

Get Moving

Moving and exercising can help you to de-stress. There are a lot of people who swear that exercise is the best way to de-stress. You might have to try many different methods of exercise to find the right one for you. You can try biking, hiking, swimming, running, yoga, or even just a light walk. Any type of movement will help you to feel better about your life and get you to stress less. It’ll give you something to look forward to if you are having a rough day or it’s the perfect way to start your morning.

Eat Healthy Foods

Healthy foods will help you feel better physically and mentally, which can help bring down stress levels. Several statistics prove that eating processed foods that are high in sugar or carbs will make you feel lazy and unmotivated. If you make a conscious decision to eat healthy foods and only eat not so healthy foods less frequently, then you will start to feel a lot better. You will be able to think quicker, feel healthier, and your stress levels will decrease significantly.

Sleep a Full 8 Hours

Sleep is one of the best ways to lower your stress. If you are well-rested, then you will be mentally prepared for whatever has you stressed. If you aren’t sleeping well or are going to bed late often, it’s probably one of the reasons why you are getting stressed easily. Sleep is the best way to recharge your mind and body and prepare for the next day, so try not to deprive yourself of something you need so badly. You need to work towards a regular sleeping schedule. A full 8 hours of sleep is a great way to take care of yourself in a time of stress.  

Get an Emotional Support Animal

An emotional support animal is a big commitment so it’s a good idea to try other ways of de-stressing before you commit to an animal. Some people think that an animal will help but they end up becoming another stress factor. However, an emotional support animal can significantly help with your stress levels. There are many animals to choose from—cats, puppies, bunnies, et cetera. There are many breeds of puppies out there, so you should research which one best fits your lifestyle and needs.

Drink Water

Water is one of the most important things that you could put into your body. If you drink water consistently, then you will feel refreshed and less stressed. It can help you to feel more energized and hydrated. It’ll give you the extra boost that your body needs during a stressful interview or trip to the doctors. The benefits of drinking water far outweigh any energy drink that you might rely on. Your stress levels will decrease if you are drinking enough water and doing everything you can to take care of your body.


If you’ve been feeling stressed for a while, it might be a good idea to talk to someone. It can be anyone you feel like will be able to listen and help. A family member, friend, doctor, school counselor, or even your pet. There is always someone that will be willing to talk to you and help you through whatever stress you might be feeling. There are even apps you can use to talk to a therapist from home. You will see that just talking about your stress and the causes will make you feel a lot better. The person you are talking to might have some great resolutions for whatever you’re stressed about. You don’t need to go through your difficult times alone. All you have to do is reach out.

Say No

Many people feel stressed because they are constantly saying yes to things that they don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. It’s ok to say no if you are feeling overwhelmed. Even if you’re not overwhelmed, it’s ok to say no. Once you’ve figured out what your limits are, it’s ok for you to say no to more projects and stay within those limits. You know yourself and what you can handle, so people will understand if you say no to their request. You definitely don’t need to add to all the things you need to accomplish.

Find What Makes You Happy

If you are able to find what makes you happy, then you will be able to use it as a way to de-stress. It can be anything. Whether that’s a hobby or a daily nap, you will be able to look forward to that every day. You can start rock climbing, reading, watching movies, etc. There are so many options out there for you to discover. Once you figure out what makes you happy, you will be able to start de-stressing and can look forward to your new hobby every day. This will help you to take care of yourself and focus on the important things.

It's important to be aware of yourself and how you are feeling. Everybody gets stressed and everybody needs to find ways to de-stress. It can be hard to find the right thing for you, but through trial and error, you can do it. You can de-stress by exercising, eating healthy, sleeping, having an emotional support animal, talking to someone, drinking water, saying no, and just finding what makes you happy. These are a great start to finding what will help you de-stress.

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