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How to Self-Care During Stressful Times

Posted November 10, 2016 by Kimani in Wellness

How to Self-Care During Stressful Times

Some of us are going through it  – for whatever reason “it” may be. Right now is the perfect time for a little self-care. The phrase feels overused, but many  of us aren’t doing it at all. Here are my favorite things to do when I feel anxiety sneaking up…



Take a Selfie.

It seems like such a selfish thing to do, and that’s exactly what self-care is about. Taking a photo of yourself captures the emotions you’re feeling and allows you to express them without words.







Eat Some Comfort Food.

The key to this tip is moderation. Indulge in one quality food or dessert break. I suggest a good slice of cheesecake, or a nice, warm bowl of homemade mac + cheese. Take it slow, savor the flavors and eat until you near satisfaction.








Stretching helps ease muscle tension as well as releases endorphins that help you feel good. This article from Everyday Health gives great suggestions on exercises to help battle depression and anxiety.





Talk to a Friend.

Take some time to vent to a friend, get your feelings out. A listening ear can be very therapeutic, as can offering positive energy to someone else.





Talk to No One. 

Conversely, spending time alone can be a great way to reset and relax after being bombarded with stress. Spend some time alone at least once per day to give yourself a chance to collect your thoughts.





Seek Help

If you feel exceptionally overwhelmed, it is completely okay to speak with a licensed professional. Therapists work to help find the root cause of your anxiety and stress, or just offer an unbiased ear to help you cope.

Search for a therapist here (via the American Psychology Association)



No matter what you opt for, be sure to take care of yourself. We only have one body and one mind, both of which take care of each other. If you have any questions or need help getting in the right direction – email me – Let’s get through this together.

About the Author


A NY transplant in Florida, Kimani has taken on the task of educating the world on sexual health and education. The Mount Vernon native has seen AIDS and HIV spread through her community like wildfire, and hopes to cease the transmission of these and other diseases one person at a time. If you know better, you're inclined to do better.

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