Self Care to Reduce Stress

Practicing self-care during stressful times is an important way to reduce your stress and anxiety levels.  However, during stressful times we tend to ignore our needs and limits.  It is during these times that it is extremely important to care for ourselves the most.  We need to exercise, get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, take breaks and preserve our boundaries.

Practicing self-care not only helps us feel better, it helps us function at our best.  It boosts our energy and helps us to think more clearly.  Self-care supports our health and well-being.

Self Care Activities

  • Set your camera to macro and take close-up photographs of bugs, flowers, and anything else that catches your eye outside your home.
  • Sing your heart out.
  • Hand write a letter to a friend or relative and start a conversation in the old-fashioned way.

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The following links contain information and activities to help you practice self-care.

UIS Campus Recreation

7 Types of Self-Care activities for coping with stress, Psychology Today

A list of 50 fun self care activities, Self Care Pursuit blog

The Big List of Self Care Activities Adapted from The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook