In the last post- I shared some simple self-care tips that are applicable to everyone. Sleeping, hydrating, breathing, and sunshine are needed for survival. But we don't want to just survive, we want to thrive!
This word gets thrown around a lot more now, but what is self-care?
"Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, especially during periods of stress."
It's a pretty stressful time so if you don't already have a self- care routine, now is a good time to create one because at some point our lives will return to being busy outside the home again.
Sometimes I forget that self-care is more than monthly massages, bath bombs and trips to Target. I also forget that staying up too late adding 300 pins to my Pinterest boards isn't exactly self-care especially when I have to wake up early the next day. My life feels full and more peaceful when I have a self-care routine and incorporates all areas of self-care, not just the relaxing ones.
Everyone is different and not everyone's self-care will look the same. But it's important to have a well-rounded routine.
Here are 6 types of self-care:
Activities that help you connect, process, and reflect on a full range of emotions.
Examples: Seeing a therapist, writing in a journal, creating art, playing music etc.
2. Practical Self-Care
Tasks you complete that fulfill core aspects of your life in order to prevent future stressful situations.
Examples: Creating a budget, taking professional development classes, organizing your closet, etc.
3. Physical Self-Care
Activities you do that improve the well-being of your physical health.
Examples: Taking a walk during lunch breaks, sleeping eight hours a day, staying hydrated, etc.
4. Mental Self-Care
Any activity the stimulates your mind or your intellect.
Examples: Reading a book, solving a puzzle, playing chess, going to a museum, etc.
5. Social Self-Care
Activities that nurtures and deepens the relationships with people in your life.
Examples: Brunch with friends, going on a date, making time to call your mom regularly, etc.
6. Spiritual Self-Care
Activities that nurtures your spirit and allows you to think bigger than yourself. Spiritual self care does not have to be religious, although for some it is.
Examples: Meditation, yoga, going to a place of worship, be in nature, dedicate time for self-reflection, etc.
It's also been helpful to combine areas of self-care. For example, getting a massage on a regular basis takes care of my physical & emotional and even mental self-care. Same for yoga; it helps take care of my physical, emotional and spiritual self-care.
We miss being a part of your current self-care routine & we'd love to hear how your self-care is or isn't going during this time so if happen to be at home with nothing to do, would you'd be so kind as to take our quick survey, we can see how else we can support you!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Find the survey here :)