Self care is something we all hear about how important it is. But if we don’t know where to start it can be overwhelming. And one of the best ways to know where to start is to understand the different types of self care! So today we are doing to be discussing the 6 types of self care to start focusing on.
Before we get into these types of self care I want to quickly discuss the benefits of self care and why it is so important to make self care a priority!
Why is Self Care so important?
- Self care helps improve your mental and emotional wellness.
- Helps you prioritize your physical wellness and physical well being.
- Assists with helping cultivate personal relationships if you put effort into taking care of yourself.
- Self care is important because it helps you learn more about yourself.
- It actually helps you be in a better mindset to be more productive. Self care helping productivity is an underappreciated benefit!
And now that we have talked about the importance of self care let’s get right into talking about these self care types that should start being prioritized in your life.
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The 6 Types Of Self Care To Start Focusing On:
Self care types that should be prioritized:
Type 1: Emotional Self Care
Emotional self care is quite possibly the most important self care yet it is so often forgotten about.
It is any form of self care that you can do to make sure that you are handling, addressing, and caring about your emotions in a positive way. Which is so important for making your emotional health a priority in your life. And that is important for your overall wellbeing and quality of life!
A few ways that you can practice emotional self care:
- Journaling about your days and the emotions you experienced throughout the day. Include both positive emotions like exciting things you experienced during the day and negative emotions like what caused you anxiety during the day.
- Saying daily positive affirmations (here is a post with some you can use: 91 Self Care Affirmations To Help Really Love Yourself ).
- Using a daily gratitude journal (here is an affordable one).
- Seek counseling or therapy to speak about your emotions and get professional help learning to manage your emotions better.
- Learn about stress management techniques and find the ones that work the best for you.
Type 2: Physical Self Care
Physical self care is all about taking care of your actual physical body. This can encompass a lot of different things and will vary depending on what your body needs for being cared for. But ultimately anything you do to take care of your body will be good for you!
However, this self care can also be one of the most immediately fulfilling and has lots of long term benefits to your overall physical health when you make physical self care a priority in your life.
Some examples of physical self care are:
- Resting when your body is tired (listen to your body!) and getting adequate sleep each night.
- Take a long, relaxing shower or bath – you can light some candles to really make it relaxing.
- Going for a walk outside (fresh air is also great for your body, not just the physical movement).
- Stretching in the morning and/or before going to bed at night.
- Take it easy when you have any form of a physical illness (aka don’t push yourself when you are feeling sick).
Type 3: Mental Self Care
This is an incredibly essential form of self care. Mental self care is any acts that you do to take care of your mind and to have healthy thoughts.
Taking care of your mind can be a bit more challenging than other forms of self care but it is definitely one that you should be prioritizing to help you live your best possible life.
Here are some ways that you can practice mental self care:
- Make sure to listen to yourself and your own needs.
- Read a book on personal growth or self improvement (or any similar topics that you think could help your mental wellness).
- Listen to helpful, self development podcasts and audiobooks.
- Each day make sure you are asking yourself if you are practicing enough self-compassion and if you aren’t make a plan to do it more.
- Play brain games or complete puzzles.
Type 4: Social Self Care
This form of self care is all about the relationships with others and the parts of ourselves that help to improve those relationships. Social self care is often one of the most fun forms of self care for some people and one of the most stressful for others.
And how you address this type of self care will depend on how you feel about your current relationships and what you feel is your personal need for developing your social situations.
That being said, here is an array of examples for ways to practice social self care:
- Get coffee with a close friend.
- Make sure to set healthy boundaries with your friends and family.
- Only follow people on social media that make you happy and don’t cause you stress.
- Plan a fun date with your significant other.
- Call an elderly relative of yours.
- Join a new club or activity that can help you meet new people (like a rec league, book clubs, cooking classes, etc).
Type 5: Spiritual Self Care
This is a self care that will vary greatly from person to person depending on what your spiritual life looks like and what you want to prioritize in your life. But it can be a very powerful form of self care that can help to bring peace and love into your life.
Some ideas of spiritual self care are below but you can always modify them based on your own beliefs:
- Work on connecting with others that have shared spiritual beliefs or beliefs that you want to learn more about.
- Read a book about your spirituality and take notes on it.
- Volunteer in your community and use your skills to help others.
- Do self reflection about your beliefs and thoughts.
Type 6: Responsibility Self Care
This self care is the final of the self care types that I want to discuss. But it is very important to understand and prioritize responsibility self care.
There are a lot of different elements of this self care including financial self care, professional self care, academic self care, and home self care. And what each of those elements looks like will vary greatly from person to person. But let’s look briefly into examples of each of those elements!
Financial self care-
Creating a monthly budget, making a weekly budget, doing a no spend challenge, learning more about money management.
Professional self-care –
Taking an online course to get a certification, attending a seminar, updating your resume, saying yes to new challenges in your career.
Academic self care-
Learning about a new subject, creating a personal academic website, improving your study habits, being patient with yourself while learning.
Home self care-
Deep cleaning your home, decluttering items in your house, organizing things throughout your home, lighting candles to create a welcoming home environment.
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