Categories SELF-CARE


Are you easily stressed out? Do you get anxious often? I do, way more often than I probably should. However, I have found that if I intentionally reduce stress every day, I am ready to recharge and move on with my week. Here are some of my favorite easy ways to reduce stress. 


Step away from all electronics.

First and foremost, you need to step away from electronics. This is the time you focus on yourself. Switch your phone to silent mode (or better, airplane mode), and put it away where you can’t see or hear it. Turn off your brain for a minute, and breathe. Isn’t it nice not having to worry about whatever it is on your phone or computer?

Enjoy a nice homemade meal.

There’s much to say about homemade meals. I always find comfort in freshly made food. Also, I know that it’s better for my body, so this gives me extra comfort. You don’t need to go overboard if you don’t want to. Often times, I enjoy a nice bowl of customized ramen. I throw in extra seasonings, a couple of eggs and slices of toast. Topped off with my favorite wine, I am a happy camper. Make sure to drink lots of water to rehydrate.

Read something you can hold in your hand.

In my past life, I had over 200 books on my bookshelf. After moving so much, I’ve had to give them away and resort to Kindle books for the most part. I still enjoy reading on the Kindle, but holding a nice solid book in my hand – there is no replacement for that feeling. Other than giving your eyes a rest from electronic screens, reading a physical book will give your brain a little break from this world and our reality. Take a trip anywhere you want to go, without ever leaving your home.

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Pamper yourself.

I am all for pamper evenings, but I enjoy a shorter version for every day. Light a candle (or wax lamp) for this part. Brush your teeth, floss, and do it well. Remove your makeup and cleanse thoroughly by massaging your face gently with your hands.

Afterwards, jump into the shower and cleanse your body. Wash away everything from the entire day. When I’m in the shower, I reflect on the things I could’ve/should’ve done/said. As you rinse, rinse away all negative thoughts and feelings. Let it all go down the drain. Don’t leave the shower until you’ve cleared your mind.

Next, moisturize your face and massage away the stress once again. Follow with a nice body massage. Go slowly, and enjoy the moment. Inhale the fresh scent of cleanliness and renewal. Go back to reading your book or planning your day. I enjoy planning my days and weeks. There’s always a sense of accomplishment when I’ve followed through on my plans.

Time for bed.

After your hair has dried, set your alarms and tuck yourself in. Spend a few minutes meditating on positive thoughts. I like to take this time to pray and reflect on the people and things I am thankful for. When I finish, I usually end up falling asleep soon after. Now, I’m ready for the new day before me.

Notice how we don’t have our phones? That’s how it should be. Nothing is so important that it interferes with taking care of ourselves. Put yourself first. You deserve it.

If you have trouble falling asleep, my favorite app is Sleep Pillow. You can set up comforting sounds to help you fall asleep. I like a mixture of a crackling fireplace, raindrops falling, and windy prairies. For some reason, these sounds put together brings so much comfort and ease to my mind.

What are some of your favorite ways to reduce stress?

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Ashlynn Cueto

INFJ, Ravenclaw Blogger. Headquarters: Houston, TX. Making this my most creative and rewarding life. This blog is my hustle, and I'm here to help make your creativity yours.



  • Treating yourself is always a great thing to do honestly! I know I love to just turn on some music and veg out online reading over different articles and such. For some reason I also love lighting candles just because. No real reason behind it. This was a great post! (:

    Single Vegas Girl

    • I love candles and music, and together they are awesome. I’m glad you liked it!

  • Melina Pena

    In order to calm myself down, I just love the escape of reading a good book! Getting sucked into a book is one of the best feelings ever. It helps me get away from reality, and so it just helps me reduce stress! Another thing that tends to help me is just being outdoors. Now that it’s spring, it’s so nice to let your skin soak up the sun 🙂 xxx

    Melina |

    • Books are such a great way to get away, especially if you can’t physically go anywhere. My favorite form of travel, to be honest. 🙂

  • Leslie

    I love these tips! Especially with finals coming up I need all the help I can get!

    • Glad I could help. Good luck on your finals!!!

  • Great post! I’m a huge advocate for self-care. Cooking is something that really relaxes me and helps me switch off. But mostly, cooking for MYSELF. I love the feeling of taking the time to make yourself a yummy meal and not having to worry about anyone else, using ingredients you love <3

    • That sounds amazing. I can’t cook very well, lol. I do love baking though. It’s always been my favorite thing to do. So relaxing. 🙂

  • Chelsea Hodges

    Love these de-stress tip related posts, I could always use a new way to de-stress. I consider myself a pretty easily stressed out person, I try to take time to pamper myself, or take a bath when I feel that way. Something I do struggle with is taking away electronics, in fact, I actually find social media and using my phone as a way to de-stress at times. But then again, it’s always good to take a step back and take a break!

    • It is hard to get away sometimes, especially if it’s what we do. But yes, time away is good for the mind and the eyes. Those bright screens are actually pretty bad for our eyes, lol!

  • Nice post! I love reading a book to relax or watching some YouTube videos, it always helps after a stressful day at school.

    • Thank you! Those are definitely great ways to transition from a stressful day.

  • Skeptic Goddess

    Yes! Your are completely correct. My favorite thing to do is wear the most comfortable clothing I can, pour a glass of wine, light a candle, and either read a book or lay back with my eyes closed and daydream. I will definitely be adding some of your ideas to my list of things to try

    • Ah daydreaming is so relaxing. It’s nice to just turn off your brain to this world and travel to another. I’m glad you liked the post!

  • Nani Quichocho

    I am with you on the electronics and physically holding a book. My left eye is very weak so taking a step back for a couple hours from anything electronic really helps to not strain that eye so much. And I’ve tried kindles, I really can’t do it for long. There’s just something about PHYSICALLY holding a book, feels nice 🙂 I’m also a huge fan of audio books!

    • Same. My left eye also hates electronics. Kindles work okay for me, but maybe I’m just too into the story to care lol! Books are still great to hold – so comforting.

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