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Every woman needs a self-care routine; the older we get, the more responsibilities we have, and sometimes it can become too much. When we begin to feel mentally stressed, it is harder for us to continue our lives peacefully and feel like we have everything under control. The last thing you would need is for a temporary feeling to become a reality. We often do not realize that feelings are temporary reactions to what we are going through at the moment, down below are some tips on how to stay de-stressed during tough times.

Support Group

Support group/friends is a great way to keep your mind open and not clouded with negative thoughts about a situation. Have someone you trust meet up for a girls’ day and have time to vent about your week and free your mind of some of that emotional stress because letting things build up often leads to significant breakdowns, which is what we don’t want to happen. Even though crying can be good for you, you do not want to become overwhelmed.

Self-Care Routines

Secondly, build a self-care routine in the morning or at night before you go to bed, and have something within yourself that brings you peace; this can range from watching good shows/movies while drinking wine or having set days or times when you go to the gym and work out. Believe it or not, working out actually does a lot more for the body than showing physical weight loss.  Working out helps the body release endorphins, which create this positive feeling, which is an excellent contribution to someone trying to relieve stress. After a tough day, it is a good way to feel good about yourself again.

Value Yourself

Lastly, stay in touch with yourself and know what you want from a situation. Everything is not always going to go as planned, which is expected because life will throw you curveballs, just like the saying, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” As much as we want something, most times, you have to go through something to be ready to receive it. So love yourself if no one else can, and take care of yourself even if someone else is willing; you hold all the power over your life and what happens in it. Take your time, be patient, and trust that everything you want, you will one day receive.

Kayla Allen

Georgia Southern

Hello my name is Kayla Allen, I am currently a Junior at Georgia Southern. I am majoring in Allied health of Kinesiology aspiring to become a physical therapist, I am excited to share my point of view on several topics, I hope you all can enjoy and gain something from my readings.