Self-Care is Not Just Masturbation, Other Ways to Beat Stress

Self-Care is Not Just Masturbation, Other Ways to Beat Stress

Life will throw crazy things your way that is out of your control, but you can control how you respond and how you take care of yourself.  This is a crucial skill in battling those stressors that you cannot eliminate, work deadlines, parenting responsibilities, traffic from Hell, etc. This is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that you can’t eliminate for several reasons. When you’re over-tired, eating poorly, or generally run-down, you will more likely react negatively causing more problems than responding from a place of calm. Self-care is a critical function, and not just masturbation, here are some other options for beating stress.

On the other hand, when you’re taking good care of your body and mind and use the resources you have in your life to their fullest, you become less reactive toward the stress. Taking proper care of your body, soul and mind can keep you in optimum shape for handling stress, which gives you as much resilience in managing those uncontrollable things in life.  Here are 3 strategies in beating stress without it beating you.


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Sleep is very important for your emotional and physical well being. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your ability to handle stress, be productive, and function properly. Unfortunately, busy schedules and stress can make sleep more elusive. Between having too little time to sleep, having a hard time falling asleep, and getting poor-quality sleep from stress, getting adequate shut-eye isn’t always easy, but it is vital.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to support your sleep habits, from using time management strategies to carve out more time, to finding relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep and get quality sleep all night. And if you really aren’t able to get enough sleep at night, don’t underestimate the value of a power nap!


Many people aren’t aware of the extent to which this is true, but a poor diet can actually make you more vulnerable to stress. Ironically, stress (and the things in your life that cause it) can make it more difficult for you to maintain a healthy diet, which can contribute to more stress. If you’re too busy, you may find it more difficult to find time to cook healthy meals, and you may be more tempted to eat unhealthy ‘convenience’ foods, which can exacerbate stress.


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Being too busy can also create stress, and feeling stressed can make you crave unhealthy foods as well, contributing to a vicious cycle. While hectic schedules can make it harder to get proper nutrition, a poor diet is not inevitable. Learn how to maintain a healthy diet when stressed. You may be surprised by how much stress you can handle when your body is well-nourished.


Social support can keep you healthier and happier, creating a buffer against stress. Friends can pick you up when you’re sad, provide insights when you’re confused, and help you have fun when you need to blow off steam. Learn how to cultivate supportive friendships and expand your social circle so you’ll have someone to lean on when stressed.

Don’t forget, it’s important to provide a supportive ear when your friends need it, too! Develop effective listening skills so you will be a better support to your friends and loved ones.

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