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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: 

  • Yoga 
  • 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: 

  • Journaling 
  • 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. 

Some ideas: 

  • 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!

2 thoughts on “6 types of self-care and how to practice them.

  1. Self-care cannot be over emphasized. Every human being needs to do it. It shows you love and value yourself and are better able to love, and care for others. This article has helped me unpack it.

    Thanks you, Ngina.

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