Tips For A Less Stressful Life



In order to live a less stressful life you need to practice self-care. Self-care includes listening to your body and making time for yourself among other things. I like to define self-care as taking good care of yourself so yourself can take better care of you - I promise it makes sense!

There are a few tips I would like to share with you on how I go about practicing self-care to lead a less stressful life and make my days a little easier. There's quite a lot of these tips out there but there's 4 in particular that I practice daily; the four I can attest to that I believe may positively affect your day-after-day:

Make Your Bed
I know you're probably thinking "how does that contribute to living a less stressful life?" A whole lot. When I don't make my bed in the morning, the thought of it stays with me for a long time in the day. I make making my bed the first task of my day. Not only does it make me feel good, I also feel like I can complete the next task and so on.

Plan Your Day
Starting your day with a "I'll see how the day goes" mindset can make you feel unorganised and that can leave you feeling anxious. To avoid feeling this way, I plan and execute one or two tasks in a day. Completing my tasks will make me feel fulfilled and that helps put my mind at ease. The important thing about this tip is to be careful not to plan more than you can achieve in a day.

Take A Break
This sounds cliché, right? Trust me, it is not. Sometimes I say I am taking a break but the whole time I'm actually thinking about what I'm supposed to do next or what I was doing prior instead of really just taking my mind off of things. I am still learning to focus on what I'm doing during my break. I make it my mission to make sure break time means break time. If I'm eating, I want to focus on the smell of food and the flavours in my mouth. Be careful not to make the same mistake of stressing yourself out during break time.

Cut Back On Some Caffeine
About three months ago I started drinking coffee. I drank one to two cups a day, every day. This habit started to affect my sleep and I started feeling as if I could not do much without a cup of coffee in the morning. Some days I even felt like I needed another cup in the day. When I didn't give into that "need", I got a little stressed from the conflict of wanting to work without coffee and my body asking for just one cup. I noticed this very quickly and stopped drinking coffee ever since! Coffee can cause lack of sleep and you could get addicted to caffeine. Caffeine addiction can be hard to beat. Limit the need for coffee.

Our bodies is constantly in communication with us. They ask for food, water, a break, bathroom time and other things. All we have to do is listen. The practice of self-care is intentional. Our bodies do so much for us, it's only fair we take good care of them. I hope these were helpful. What other tips of leading a less stressful life are on your list? I would love to hear from you.

33 comments

  1. I completely agree about making your bed, not least because you know it's all ready for you to fall into at the end of the day when you're shattered!

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    1. OMW! Yes. I love how you just got it and added onto it. Yes! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Making your bed every morning is so productive. Something small that makes such a difference. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl

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    1. Right?! It's crazy how much something so small can make so much difference. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. This is such a helpful post! I really need to get into the habit of making my bed first thing in the morning again and planning out my day more regularly. Thank you so much for sharing x

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    1. I'm happy you could drop by and even happier to help. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. This is a great post. I make my bed every day, it helps to set me up for the day ahead. Thank you for sharing this post.

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    1. I'm happy to hear that. I make my bed every morning too, it really is a game changer. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. These are all such wonderful tips. Planning your day and knowing when to take breaks is super helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Making your bed and planning your day resonate so much with me. A bed that is made looks so neat and tidy, my body begins to relax. And having a plan that is achievable makes me feel confident in reaching my daily goals.
    Crystal | www.amazingbaby.app

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    1. Yes! An untidy bed just makes me feel uneasy, I don't like it. Thanks for your comment!

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  7. I just finished a 8 week "staycation" and wow, did the stress ever melt off. Do Amen to taking a break. I work in mental health and I figure I can't help others if I don't take care of my own, right? Thanks for the important reminders.

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    1. I meant 8 DAY. :D

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    2. Really can't help others if you can't take care of your own and I'm happy you think about your clients and take a break so you can do your job well. Thanks for your comment!

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  8. How come it stays with your if you for the rest of the day if you forget or skip making your bed in the morning?

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    1. Right?! It really does bug you during the day when you don't do it. LOL! Thanks for your comment!

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  9. I once wasn't really taking care of myself a lot and had to struggle. It helps a lot to have less stress when we are healthy and taking care of ourselves. Thank you for sharing these awesome tips!

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    1. We really have need to take care of ourselves. I'm happy you could drop by and hope you're doing well. Thanks for your comment!

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  10. Some great tips and all so easy to implement into our daily lives!

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    1. I'm happy you agree. Thanks for your comment!

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  11. Emily Monyeki6 May 2022 at 11:26

    Couldn't agree with you more, making your bed first thing when you wake up and shower I tell you, those two are the foundation to the productive day.

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    1. Yes! This is so you, sis. Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Great tips that really make a difference, thank you for sharing 😀

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    1. Thank you for coming by. Thanks for your comment! :)

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  13. I definitely agree that reducing the amount of caffeine intake is a form of self care. I used to be addicted to coffe. That meant that I started having sleeping issues and also high pulses and increased anxiety. I also felt like I couldn't do more throughout the day without drinking some coffe.

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    1. That sounds scary and worrying. Too much of caffeine is not healthy and once your body can't function properly without it, that should worry you. Thanks for sharing your experience. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Great tips Jeannie

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  15. Making a bed might be a simple task. But it represents orderliness in life. I had to avoid coffee altogether as I have a sleep disorder. Interesting tips.

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    1. Making your bed is important. I can't imagine what you go through with a sleeping disorder.

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  16. Great post. I love making my bed. I feel ready for the day and I definitely need to cut out caffeine!

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