Effective emotional self care ideas to help you reduce your stress to feel better and happier!
Self care is something important to do I bet you already know that. But, whenever we hear self care we immediately think of our bodies and physical self care, so what you may not already know is the importance of emotional self-care. Emotional self-care is just as important, if not more important, than physical self-care!
Some people find relief in taking a hot bath or reading a good book. Others find relief in going for a walk or writing in their journal. The most important thing is to find what works for you and to make time for it each and every day.
Why you should practice more emotional self care:
When we take care of our emotional health, we can better take care of our physical health. We are also better able to care for our relationships and work lives. There are many ways to practice emotional self care, and it looks different for everyone.
Now that you know why you should take care of your emotions, here are some of the best fun ides!
Set your boundaries:
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to set boundaries. This means that you need to be clear about what you are and are not willing to do for other people, and then stick to them. People pleasers tend to have a hard time saying no or even expressing their feelings when someone has crossed their boundaries, and this can lead to them being taken advantage of and feeling overwhelmed. It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for other people’s feelings or happiness and that setting boundaries are not being selfish- it’s actually a sign of self-respect. If someone doesn’t like the boundaries you’ve set, that’s their problem, not yours.
So it’s important for you to know why and how to set your boundaries so that you can take care of yourself and your emotions easily.
Make time for positive self-talk:
Self-talk is the inner dialogue we have with ourselves on a daily basis. It can be positive and helpful, while most of the time it can be negative and destructive. Start making positive self-talk a habit, and learn how to observe and control your thoughts, especially when you’re feeling down or struggling. By engaging in positive self-talk, you can boost your mood, increase your confidence, and improve your overall well-being.
Take time for yourself.
We all know that life can be overwhelming. Between work, family, and social obligations, there never seems to be enough time for everything we want to do. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget to take care of ourselves and especially our emotions. Remind yourself that you need to make time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day.
Talk to a friend or family member about your feelings.
Talking to a friend or family member about your feelings can be helpful in many ways. First, it can help you to get your feelings out in the open. This can be helpful in itself because it allows you to process your feelings and begin to move on. Additionally, talking to someone else about your feelings can help you to gain a different perspective on them. Often, talking to someone else will help you to see that your feelings are not as bad as you thought they were. Finally, talking to someone else about your feelings can help you to get some support during difficult times. Having someone there to listen and offer support can be very helpful.
Self care is better with journaling:
There are many reasons to keep a journal. Some people use it to record their thoughts and feelings, others use it as a way to work through problems or challenges they are facing. Journaling can also be a great way to track your progress in any number of areas, from fitness goals to personal growth. You can write about your feelings, your thoughts, experiences and goals. Your journal should contain events, people or things that have affected you in a positive way and those that have not been very positive. You can also use this journal as a way to reflect on what you are learning in life.
It’s fine to take breaks:
When we’re stressed, it can be hard to focus on anything else other than the current situation. Take a five-minute break every now and then to relax your mind and body. nature has some great stress relievers like walking in nature or listening to calming music
Get rid of your negative thoughts
Negative thoughts are like weeds in your garden of life. They take over and prevent the growth of anything positive. They can be tough to get rid of, but it’s worth the effort. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Recognize when you’re having negative thoughts. This may take some practice, but it’s important to be aware of when your thoughts are starting to turn negative.
- Replace the negative thought with a positive one. It may take some time to train your brain to do this, but it’s worth it!
- Don’t dwell on negative thoughts. This will only make it stronger. Instead, replace it with a positive thought and move on.
- Be patient with yourself. It takes time and practice to get rid of negative thoughts for good.
is a form of meditation that helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings. We learn to focus on the present moment instead of getting lost in our thoughts about the past or future. This can be helpful for reducing stress and anxiety and improving our overall well-being.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, and it can be tailored to fit anyone’s needs. One way to get started is by simply paying attention to your breath. Breathe in and out slowly, focusing on how the air feels as it enters and leaves your body.
Forgive yourself and others:
We are often our own worst critics. We are hard on ourselves, and we find it difficult to forgive ourselves for our mistakes. We also find it difficult to forgive others for the wrongs they have done to us. This can lead to a lot of anger, resentment, and bitterness. But holding onto these negative feelings does nothing but harm us. It is time to let go of the past and forgive yourself and others.
Forgiving and accepting yourself is the first step on the road to healing. You need to let go of the guilt and shame that you feel from your mistakes. Accept that you are human and that you will make mistakes during your life on this earth because this is how we learn and this is how we grow. Acknowledge that you did the best you could at the time, given the circumstances. Forgiveness allows you to move on from the past and focus on the present and future.
Affirmations can help your emotions
Many people think that affirmations are nothing more than empty words, but this is not true. Affirmations are a powerful way to change your mindset and achieve your goals. When you repeat an affirmation, you are telling your subconscious mind that you believe in it and that you are willing to work for it. Affirmations can help you to stay positive and motivated, even when things get tough.
Here are a few tips for using affirmations effectively:
- Make sure the affirmation is positive and realistic.
- Don’t pick more than 3 affirmations at a time
- Repeat the affirmation several times each day but not in a robotic way, you must feel what you’re repeating.
- Believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals.
- Be patient and persistent – it may take time for the affirmation to start working its magic.
Be patient with yourself
Self-improvement is a journey, not a destination. This is especially true when it comes to personal growth. It can be tough to be patient with ourselves, but it’s essential if we want to make meaningful changes in our lives. Progress doesn’t happen overnight, and there will undoubtedly be setbacks along the way. But if we focus on our goals and stay committed to our journey, we’ll eventually get where we want to go.
Connect with Others Who Support Your Emotional Well-Being
When life gets tough, it’s important to have a support system in place. Connecting with others who share your emotional well-being can help you through tough times. These people can provide a listening ear, shared experiences, and practical advice when needed. They can also offer emotional support and encouragement. If you don’t have a support system in place, it’s never too late to start building one. You can reach out to friends, family members, or even online groups dedicated to helping people with similar challenges. Whatever route you choose, make sure the people in your support system are positive and supportive of your emotional well-being.
Express your emotions in a healthy way:
Expressing emotion is a natural human experience, but it can be hard to know how to do it in a healthy way. Many people bottle up their emotions, which can lead to problems like anxiety and depression. Others might express their emotions in destructive ways, such as through anger or violence.
Of course there are healthier ways to express your emotion, for example talking about your feelings with someone you trust or a specialist. This can help you understand your emotions better so you can work through them. Another way to express emotion is by writing about your feelings in a journal. This can help you deal with difficult emotions and understand yourself better. Both ways are my favorite, so try the one you think it’s best for you and start learning how to express your emotions in a healthy way.
Whatever method you choose, it’s essential to be gentle with yourself and take things slow. It’s also important to remember that everyone expresses emotion differently, so there’s no wrong way to do it.
Detox from social media from time to time
Social media detoxing is something that a lot of people are talking about, but few are actually doing. It’s become such an ingrained part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine living without it. But, what if you did? What would happen if you took a break from social media for a while?
You might be surprised at how much better you feel. Without those annoying notifications, you’ll have more time to focus on your own life and clear your emotions. You’ll be less stressed and more productive. And, you might even find that you’re happier without social media.
Always compliment yourself
It’s easy to feel down on yourself, especially when you’re going through a tough time. But it’s important to remember to always compliment yourself. When you put yourself down, it only makes things worse. But when you give yourself a pat on the back and when you take care of your emotions, it makes you feel good and encourages you to keep going.
So next time you’re feeling down, take a step back and give yourself a compliment, notice the good qualities that you have. Say something like “I’m doing the best I can” or “I’m strong and capable.” These simple statements will make you feel better about yourself in no time.
Meditation is one of my favorite practices ever! It is a practice that has been around for centuries. It is said to provide many benefits to the mind and body. Some of these benefits include reducing stress, improving focus, increasing self-awareness, and improving sleep quality. To get the most out of meditation, it is best to practice regularly.
If you’re interested, learn more about meditation and how it can help you reduce stress
Listen to your favorite music:
One of the best emotional self care practices on this list is listening to music, I mean who doesn’t love music? Listening to your favorite music can have significant benefits for your mental health. also, it can activate the body, treat pain and reduce stress. So if you’re feeling down, take a break and put on your favorite album on, it could make all the difference.
Pay more attention to your spiritual self:
When we think about the word “spiritual,” images of monks in cloisters or hippies in communes may come to mind. But being spiritual isn’t about this or about living in a cave or wearing sandals; it’s a way of living your daily life that is open to growth and change and to emotional care. If you’re curious about exploring your spiritual side, here are some tips to help you be more spiritually aware
Connect with nature:
Getting in touch with nature is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. When you spend time outside in nature, allow yourself to soak in peace and the calmness around you. Breathe in the fresh air, and feel your body relax as you take in the natural beauty around you. We’re always in front of our screens and we don’t take enough time to appreciate all that nature around us. Slow down, disconnect from technology, and enjoy the simple things in life. Go take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and listen to the birds sing. You’ll be surprised at how rejuvenating it can be!
Stay away from things and people that are bad for you:
I’m sure that there are many things and so many people in your life that are bad for you right now. It’s important to stay away from them as much as possible because they’re not only hurting you but they’re also disturbing your peace. Things that are bad for you can include smoking, drinking, doing drugs, eating unhealthy foods, and being around negative people, people who always complain, and people who send you bad negative energy. All of these things can have a negative impact on your health and well-being. Until you master how to fully love and protect yourself, staying away from them is the best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects they can have.
Learn how to say no:
There are times when it’s difficult for us to say no, especially if you don’t want to disappoint or hurt the other one. However, learning how to say no is an important thing that can help you maintain your boundaries and protect your time. So once you set your boundaries, start to learn how to say no to the things that you feel are crossing those boundaries, this is an essential step in your self care journey.
Below are some tips for saying no:
- Be clear and concise. When you’re declining a request, be direct and honest. For example, “I’m sorry, but I can’t do that.”
- Make a polite excuse. If you don’t want to give a reason for why you’re saying no, try something like “I’m sorry, but I’m not available right now.”
- Be firm and assertive. Sometimes it’s necessary to be firm in order to get your point across. You might say something like “No, I’m not going to do that.”
Try to balance work and your personal time:
Work-life balance is a difficult concept to achieve in today’s society. Many people feel like they need to work all the time in order to keep up with their peers or maintain their position at their job. However, this leaves little time for them to spend with their families or friends. On the other hand, some people choose to spend more time with their families and friends and end up sacrificing their careers. There is no one perfect solution to achieving work-life balance; it requires finding a balance that works for you and your individual circumstances.
There are a few things you can do to help find this balance. First, make sure that you are prioritizing your tasks and focusing on the most important ones. Secondly, try delegating some of your responsibilities at work or ask for help from your family and friends.
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Your emotional self care is as important as your physical self care so make sure to make it one of your priorities too. It’s important for you to remember that you don’t have to practice all these ideas at once, all you have to do is to pick the ones you’re more comfortable with and make them a part of your routine.
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20 thoughts on “22 Of The Best Emotional Self Care Ideas To Start today For Less Stress and a Better Mood”
Great tips. From what I understand, meditation is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness. I plan on trying it to find out!
it’s my favorite mindfulness practice and it’s very helpful, you should definitely give it a try
All of these are so important! I barely got enough self-care into my life (I used the band-aid of mani-pedis and massage) before I left corporate life, but now, almost everything on this list is a regular thing for me. Just saying no (I wrote a whole post on it on my blog!) is really important. Wish I’d have done more of it earlier in life!
It makes me so happy to see a lot of people finally decided to give time to their self care routines! That’s great! Thank you for your thoughtful comment
Love your idea to detox from social media occasionally! I actually did this for 5 years and it was honestly the best! I’m back on now for my blog, but the time away allowed me to be fully present in my life and helped me limit comparison to others. I was content and happy! 🙂
That’s amazing Skye! So happy for you! Detoxing from Social media is one of the best things I’ve done that helped me heal my emotions and reduce stress, they were causing me so much stress for literally no good reason
Boundaries are the hardest part of this list for me. It is a constant work. Thank you for this list!!
That’s true! setting boundaries can be so difficult. Glad I could help
There are many ways that people have available to reduce stress, but for some reason many do not take advantage of them. Thanks!
You’re right! Welcome
Thank you for these emotional self care ideas. They are helpful. It’s important to take care of ourselves so we can care for others.
You’re absolutely right. Thank you for your comment!
Great post and I happy to report I do a lot of these things though some areas like setting firm boundaries I need to work on! Great post!
So glad to hear that! Yes, setting boundaries can be a little bit hard at first but self care is a journey!
This is a wonderful post! Setting boundaries and so many good points! Thank you for sharing!
Everything in this post is solid advice and things I try to practice every day for my overall wellbeing! Great post!
Yes, self care is really important for your wellbeing! Thank you!
I REALLY need to do these daily.. Thank you for the reminders!!
Glad I could help!