5 Self-Care Tips to Reduce Stress

July is Stress Awareness Month. We are collectively stressed out and spent from the daily stressors we are faced with, at home and abroad. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge all the events that have happened over the past two plus years, and all the events still happening today. We are suffering. Stress is at a record high and there is no clear path toward normalcy. Now more than ever, we are susceptible to mental health issues. Self-care will have to be a priority in our lives if we are to gain some sense of mental stability. Here are a few tips to help with getting grounded and feeling calm within yourself in those moments of heightened stress:

  1. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep has been linked to multiple adverse health consequences including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and depression. Studies show that sleep disturbances can worsen the symptoms of many mental conditions including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
  2. Take a walk in nature: There is something healing about being in nature. Literature states that spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
  3. Journal or read a good book: Writing down the way you are feeling in moments of overwhelm can be extremely therapeutic. Getting lost in a book might be exactly what you need to escape the stressors of the day.
  4. Listen to music: Music has been proven to elevate your mood and motivation and reduce stress
  5. Pamper yourself, your worth it! Taking time for yourself is paramount to self-care. In fact, choosing self-care activities can actually trigger the production of the body’s “feel-good” hormones- serotonin and oxytocin. These same hormones have been connected to better overall moods and sleep. These hormones are also naturally-occurring pain-relief.

Remember, your self-care comes first! If things start to get too overwhelming and self-care does not seem like it is enough anymore, call us. Ridgeview is here to offer support for you 24/7.