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, it is important for our entire bodies to be healthy, meaning all aspects of our lives need attending to.

This means, our MIND, BODY, and SOUL.

I know that there are so many things pulling for our attention, whether it is work, school, children, significant others, household duties, and so forth. But, I STRESS, self-care is needed. And I don’t just mean mindless watching. Unfortunately, with the invention of Netflix and Youtube, sometimes we are so busy watching that we don’t give ourselves time to rest. (Ever get caught up watching youtube videos for 2 hours, then on to watching tv, then looking on Facebook or Instagram?)

We go from one thing to another, without really intentionally working on self-care. The habit is we go from one mindless thing to another, but other aspects of our bodies get neglected.

Because other types of self-care is something that usually gets put on the backburner, I put together a free downloadable checklist. Check it out below.’

Below are the different kinds of self-care and some examples of each.

 

Simple: 

This time of self-care is I think one of the most important. Especially as moms or women who struggle with mental health, these simple things can get pushed to the side. These mostly have to do with taking care of one self hygienically.

  • Take a shower
  • Wash face
  • Make bed
  • Do laundry

 

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

 

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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

 

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, but the intent is for you to incorporate all kinds into your life.

Please let me know what are your favorites are 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!

Wishing You a Life Where You Live With Your Full Heart and Soul,

Jackie

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