Self-care is an important aspect that people neglect everyday.  We get caught up in roles, responsibilities, and taking care of others, and there is only so much time to spend on ourselves. However, we cannot take care of others if we are not at 100%.

As the saying says,” you cannot pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself.”

While most people think of health as physical or emotional, there are many components of health.

All  aspects of our lives need tender, loving care. Below are the different kinds of self-care and some examples of each.

Physical:

This type of self-care consists of taking care of the physical part of the body.  Aspects to think about include nutrition and taking care of medical issues (both short term or long term).

  • Walk
  • Run
  • Have a balanced meal
  • Go to the doctor
  • Zumba
  • Dance

Emotional:

This type of self-care consists of taking care of your feelings and emotions.

  • Write in a Journal
  • Take a mental health day
  • Cry
  • Create a gratitude list
  • Go to therapy
  • Play a game
  • Watch a movie
  • Take a bath

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Spiritual:

This type of self-care consists of taking care of the belief in some kind of higher power outside of yourself.

  • Have a morning routine
  • Say a prayer
  • Meditate
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Practice Yoga
  • Unplug from tv and/or social media

Practical:

This type of self-care consists of managing your life, whether it is for school, work, or home.

  • Put together a budget
  • Create a schedule
  • Use a planner
  • Develop a rule or system to manage your home/work/school (example: Family meetings are on Sunday evenings)
  • Organize something

Social:

This type of self-care consists of interactions with others. As humans, we are social beings that need different levels of interaction, depending on whether we are introverts or extroverts.

  • Setting Boundaries
  • Call a loved one
  • Join a club or group
  • Interact with others on social media
  • Write a letter

Intellectual:

This type of self-care takes care of learning and strengthening our brain muscle.

  • Read a book or article
  • Do a puzzle
  • Watch a documentary
  • Learn something new (language or skill)

Hopefully, I gave enough of a variety of examples of self-care. A reminder is that everyone’s personality is different. Some activities will resonate with you more than others, and only you can come up with what works for you.

Please let me know what are your favorites and also if there are any that you truly enjoy that I did not include on the list. I am always looking to learn more about you all!

Sending you love and positivity on your journey,

Jackie

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