SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH! THE 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE
Written by: Akhilesh Dev | Posted: August 2, 2019 at 5:46 am | Total Comments: 11
- Physical Self-Care
You need to take care of your body if you want it to run efficiently. Keep in mind that there’s a strong connection between your body and your mind. Physical self-care includes how you’re fuelling your body, how much sleep you’re getting, how much physical activity you are doing, and how well you’re caring for your physical needs.
But physical self-care doesn’t just have to be keeping yourself healthy. It can also include things like getting your hair done, cutting your nails, anything like that.
When it comes to physical self-care, ask yourself the following questions to assess whether there might be some areas you need to improve:
– Are you getting adequate sleep?
– Is your diet fuelling your body well?
– Are you taking charge of your health?
– Are you getting enough exercise?
- Social Self-Care
Close connections are important to your well-being. The best way to cultivate and maintain close relationships is to put time and energy into building your relationships with others. Everyone has slightly different social needs. The key is to figure out what your social needs are and to build enough time in your schedule to create an optimal social life.
Building relationships is so important, for extroverts and for introverts! Our friends and our families are the people we lean on when times get hard. They’re the ones we go to for support, the ones we share our lives with.Now, this doesn’t mean say yes to every social function that comes up. You don’t want to end up draining yourself. But the key to this form of self-care is to have meaningful interactions.
To assess your social self-care, consider:
– Are you getting enough face-to-face time with your friends?
– What are you doing to nurture your relationships with friends and family?
- Mental Self-Care
You can approach this type of self-care in many ways. For instance, you might focus on career development. Develop a realistic attitude towards your work: there are limits to what you can do. You are only human, with your own strengths and limitations. Respecting your own limits is healthy, and will help you keep healthy.
Or doing things that keep your mind sharp, like puzzles, or learning about a subject that fascinates you or playing a musical instrument. You might find reading books, articles online or watching movies that inspire you fuels your mind.
Here are a few questions to consider when you think about your mental self-care:
– Are you making enough time for activities that mentally stimulate you?
– Are you doing proactive things to help you stay mentally healthy?
- Spiritual Self-Care
Research shows that a lifestyle including religion or spirituality is generally a healthier lifestyle. Nurturing your spirit, however, doesn’t have to involve religion. It can involve anything that helps you develop a deeper sense of meaning, understanding, or connection with the universe. Whether you enjoy meditation, attending a religious service, or praying, or just spending time outside spiritual self-care is important.
The point is to focus your energy and attention on something that’s bigger than yourself. This is so important because focusing on something bigger helps take our focus off ourselves. Now, most self-care practices are all about you, they let you take time to focus on yourself. But when you take the time to take care of yourself spiritually and focus on something bigger than yourself, it helps to keep you grounded and get a clearer look at what things are important.
As you consider your spiritual life, ask yourself:
– What questions do you ask yourself about your life and experience?
– Are you engaging in spiritual practices that you find fulfilling?
- Emotional Self-Care
Whether you talk to a partner or close friend about how you feel, or you set aside time for leisure activities that help you process your emotions, it’s important to incorporate emotional self-care into your life.
Taking care of yourself emotionally could involve things like keeping a journal, watching a sappy movie and having a good cry (never under-estimate the power of having a good cry), or taking a nice, long bubble bath to de-stress at the end of a long day.
When assessing your emotional self-care strategies, consider these questions:
– Do you have healthy ways to process your emotions?
– Do you incorporate activities into your life that help you feel recharged?
Develop Your Self-Care Plan
Self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy. Your self-care plan will need to be customized to your needs. Assess which areas of your life need some more attention and self-care. And reassess your life often. As your situation changes, your self-care needs are likely to shift too.
You don’t have to tackle everything all at once. Identify one small step you can take to begin caring for yourself better. Then, schedule time to focus on your needs. Even when you feel like you don’t have time to squeeze in one more thing, make self-care a priority. When you’re caring for all aspects of yourself, you’ll find that you are able to operate more effectively and efficiently.
Having a self-care routine can be incredibly helpful. It’s so important to take time for yourself and shed the stress. An hour a day can make a huge difference.
A Word of Caution:
Once you have created a self-care plan it is important to ask yourself, “what might get in the way?” What can you do to remove these barriers? If you can’t remove them you might want to adjust your strategies. Think honestly about whether any of your strategies are negative and how you can adjust your plan to avoid or minimise their impact.
It can be challenging if your workplace is not supportive of self-care activities, but you can still do things outside of work to help yourself. It is import that your plan resonates for you and that you put it in to action starting now.