FIVE SELF-CARE PRACTICES FOR EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care describes a conscious act one takes in order to promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health. There are many forms self-care may take. It could be ensuring you get enough sleep every night or stepping outside for a few minutes for some fresh air.
Self-care is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that you can't eliminate. When you've taken steps to care for your mind and body, you'll be better equipped to live your best life.
Unfortunately, many people view self-care as a luxury, rather than a priority. They're left feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life's inevitable challenges.
It's important to assess how you're caring for yourself in several different domains so you can ensure you're caring for your mind, body, and spirit.
PHYSICAL SELF CARE
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 fueling your body well?
- Are you taking charge of your health?
- Are you getting enough exercise?
SOCIAL SELF CARE
There isn't a certain number of hours you should devote to your friends or work on your relationships. 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.
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
The way you think and the things that you're filling your mind with greatly influence your psychological well-being.
Mental self-care includes doing things that keep your mind sharp, like puzzles, or learning about a subject that fascinates you. Practicing self-compassion and acceptance, for example, helps you maintain a healthier inner dialogue.
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
Whether you enjoy meditation, attending a religious service, or praying, spiritual self-care is 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.6
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?
MAKE YOUR SELF CARE PLAN
Which areas of your life need some more attention and self-care? Life is always in flux, so your self-care needs are likely to shift too. When you discover that you're neglecting a certain aspect of your life, create a plan for change.
You don't have to tackle everything all at once. Identify one small step you can take to begin caring for yourself better.
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