5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life

5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life

5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life
Many of us struggle with feeling less positive and upbeat than we would like to be. Here are 5 simple self care practices for a happier, less stressful life.

Many people are rightly interested in finding ways to take care of themselves more proactively – and to simply do things that help to “take the edge off.”

Of course, it’s not always entirely clear what is the best course of action. So, here are a few simple tips and suggestions that might be helpful on your quest to enhance your overall well-being in life, and cope with and move past whatever troubles might be afflicting you.

1. Do things that improve your future, not just how you feel in the present.

Sometimes people mistake “taking care of themselves” with only “taking care of themselves in the present.”

They wind up pursuing a hedonistic approach to self-care – that doesn’t take the future into account.

Of course, doing things that make you feel good in the present is important.

But, it’s also important to realize that some actions which might relax you momentarily, may compromise your future well-being in significant ways.

5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life
To take an extreme example…

People use drugs or alcohol because they find the effects pleasurable or desirable in the here and now. But over time this may create an addiction with many health and emotional issues.

When striving to take good care of yourself, try to look at yourself from 2 perspectives:

  • the perspective of a friend
  • the perspective of a parent

You must keep in mind …

  • You don’t just want to do things that make you feel good now.
  • You also want to do things that help to improve your circumstances, prospects, and sense of well-being into the future.

Just what this entails will vary depending on your life circumstances, and your age, among other things.

For example…

Taking care of yourself could involve taking up tennis or a new sport you love (if you’re younger) – or taking time to plan your future well being (if you’re getting older) and researching the Best Senior Citizen Centers Guide.

Generally speaking, however, there will be certain practices that will significantly boost your well-being in both the short term and longer term, irrespective of your age and other factors.

For example…here are some goods ways to take care of yourself over both time frames

2. Do things that are good for you, not just things that you “feel like.”

This point is closely related to the previous one, but differs slightly. It’s simply a reminder that often the things you need to do for self care might require a little effort and work.

For example…

If you were just doing what you “felt like,” you might decide to go on a large junk food binge. 

Maybe you’d order a pizza or eat a pint of ice cream.

This would “feel good” for a moment, but it wouldn’t be too long before you felt a significantly worse “rebound effect” – in the form of a “food hangover” or a sugar crash.

The lesson learned?

As mentioned above…

  • Often the things you need to do to feel better require a little effort and work.

For example…

  • It takes effort to go to the gym and work out 
  • It takes effort to go for a long walk
  • It takes effort to resist eating chocolate ice cream

Memorize this mantra:

  • Often the right thing is the hard thing.

3. Don’t just be all work – do light-hearted things that make you happy.

As we’ve been discussing, people need to do actions which are not…

  • “too short-term in their thinking”
  • “too hedonistic in their results” 

But, it’s also important that the pendulum does not swing too far in the other direction – where you become preoccupied with hard work, long-term thinking, and self-denial!

In particular,  it’s very important to not get carried away with a “hard work above all else” ethos.

5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life
Be sure to find a point of balance where you do light-hearted and fun things on a regular basis.

For example, make regular time to …

  • Hang out and have fun with friends
  • Spend time in beautiful places
  • Catch up with family
  • Read good books
  • Listen to good music

Keep your work life in balance – so you don’t burn yourself.

4. Stop to be present and smell the roses.

There are plenty of opportunities, every day, to stop, be present, and “smell the roses,” so to speak.

  • On the morning commute into work, you might take a moment to appreciate the way the sun looks in the early morning.
  • Or, you could smile at the sight of a cute animal playing in the park.

If you’re never “here” you’re never going to truly appreciate each moment for what it is.

With this in mind…

  • You do not need to “add in anything new on your to do list” to improve your well being.
  • You just have to be more present whenever you’re doing whatever you do!

For example…

  • Cherish those moments with your loved ones
  • Develop the habit of pausing more often to count your blessings
  • Appreciate the small joys of life.

5. Take steps to be a person you can “like” and be proud of.

5 Simple Self Care Practices For A Happier, Less Stressful Life
One of the best ways to improve your sense of well-being is to improve your overall sense of self!!

Each day you must take steps to become the kind of person you can actually “like” and be proud of.

When you feel pride in who you are, you experience a greater sense of inner peace.


  • It’s not just enough to try to become more well-established in your career.
  • You must think about who you are as a person – not just what you have.

For example…

  • Try to live in a way that is consistent with your core values.
  • Be honest.
  • Be kind.
  • Maintain your integrity.
  • Work to resolve character traits within yourself that you might not like.

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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