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Self-Care 101: A Guide To Finding Inner Peace And Reducing Stress

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Illinois chapter.

In today’s hectic world, everyone longs for inner peace and relief from the pressures of everyday life. Achieving a state of inner peace is not just about personal well-being; It’s the most important part of having a happy and healthy life. The good news is that even in the midst of a busy life, there are plenty of strategies at your disposal to prioritize self-care. In this article, we’ll explore three different ways to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.


Meditation is a great practice for finding peace and reducing stress. It’s a way to create moments of quiet in the midst of our busy lives. When you meditate, you concentrate on what’s happening right in the moment, which helps take your mind off all the worries and stressful situations that are usually present in your life. By meditating regularly, you become more self-aware and gain better control over your emotions.

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Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is an often-overlooked form of self-care. In our busy lives, we often forget about sleep because we have so many things on our plate and we let other distractions keep us up. We often forget that when we sleep, our bodies and minds get a chance to rest and heal. Good quality sleep doesn’t just make our bodies feel better; it also helps our minds relax and recover from a long day. When we don’t sleep enough, we become more anxious and easily irritated by things that stress us out. On the other hand, when we get a good night’s sleep, our minds are much more at peace. So, making sleep a priority is a big step toward inner peace.


Simplifying your life is also a great form of self-care. We often tend to overwork ourselves, as we all acquire responsibilities at school, work, and home. Simplifying means taking a break from all that. It’s like cleaning up your life by shortening your to-do list and having a clear plan for each day. This will tidy up your mind and help you prioritize what’s most important to you. It gives you the power to say no to things you don’t really want to do and to clear out mental space. At the end of the day, it’s about choosing quality over quantity.

When living a busy life, it’s important to find ways to manage stress. While meditation, sleep, and simplification can help with this, they work best when you practice them regularly. It’s not just about trying one thing; it’s about making each practice part of your everyday routine. When self-care becomes a habit, many positive outcomes will occur. Your self-care journey is unique to you, and it’s worth taking. When you take care of yourself, it’s not only good for your mind and body but also makes your life more enjoyable. So, even when life gets tough, you’ll have all the strength you need to handle it.

Lauren Cravens

Illinois '25