6 types of self-care and how to practice them.
We all take care of ourselves, but what really is self-care? In a few words, self-care is the key to a balanced life.
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduce anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
These 6 areas where self-care is absolutely needed.
1. Physical Self-Care
Taking care of our bodies is paramount to a good and healthy life. You don’t have to hit the gym, lift weights or run like you are training for a marathon. Even the simplest activities can help our bodies. The key is to have something you enjoy doing.
For example, I don’t have any physical hobbies such as golf, hiking, or taking long walks. I enjoy going to the gym, it’s my physical release.
Some ideas you could try and implement are:
- Healthy eating habits (yes this is self-care)
- Put on some music and dance
- Take a nice, hot shower
- If all else fails, just take a nap (rest is good for the body)
2. Emotional Self-Care
I cannot stress how important this is. Most people are not in tune with their emotions and I can admit, that in some situations, i tend to not be in sync with mine. Emotional Self-Care is a slow, steady race that requires a lot of mindfulness.
If you find yourself being easily triggered, getting angry or irritated by small things or have increased levels of stress due to your work and home life – Then you definitely need some emotional self-care.
Some ideas to try:
- Creative outputs ( I enjoy writing and DIY projects)
- Limiting screen time (stop refreshing your Instagram!!)
- Buy a coloring book and color away (really helps!)
- Read at least 10 pages of a good book daily
- Do your hair, wear some make up and wear that sundress baby (when you look good, you feel good)
3. Spiritual Self-Care
Now this doesn’t necessarily mean religion, although it can work if you ascribe to a particular religious group. When you practice spiritual self-care you are nourishing your soul and finding inner peace and happiness. Happiness cannot and I repeat cannot come from others or things, it must come from only you. This is something I struggled with and still do. A new job won’t make you happy, a new relationship, another baby, a new car…. Nope. It’s all you boo.
For those that aren’t very religious, here are a few great ideas:
- Meditation and Yoga
- Spending time in nature (Karura forest anyone??)
- Donating to charity or a cause you believe in
- Start your day by reciting some positive affirmations
4. Intellectual Self-Care
This type of care involves doing something you enjoy that nourishes your mind and expands your knowledge. Pretty easy right?
You can try to;
- Learn a new language
- Watch a documentary
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Read a self help book
5. Social Self-Care
Humans by nature are social beings. This self-care may look different for introverts (like me) and extroverts because their level of comfort in social situations differ.
- Spend time with loved ones
- Start saying yes to dates
- Avoid toxic relationships
- Snuggles and cuddles, yes do that, it brings out all the feel-good hormones
- Learn to say no when something goes beyond your principles
6. Sensory Self-Care
This type of care helps you nourish your senses – touch, smell, sight, taste and sound.
Try these options:
- Have sex. Yes, I said sex. It works on all the senses and a few orgasms are good for the soul! (Sexual self-care is a whole other article which I will write soon)
- Burn your favorite scented candle
- Try a new recipe
- Organize your personal space
What types of self-care do you feel you need to work on? Share with me your self- care routines and some fresh ideas as well!