Self-care is a big buzz word these days. Everybody is talking about it. You see posts all over the place about for Self-care Sundays and taking a day specifically to themselves to recharge in their own way. We all need time to relax and take care of ourselves, but self-care is much more than just a day at the spa. Don’t get me wrong, spa days are awesome and if that is what you need then go for it. But as I was doing a little Google search of the word, I came up with several different areas we need to consider when we talk about taking care.
- EMOTIONAL…we need time to reflect and process daily so things do not get overwhelming. This can be in the form of journal writing, seeing a therapist, self-reflection and sometimes you just need to dance around your bedroom listening to some music that makes you happy, singing at the top of your lungs (The Partridge Family does it for me)
- PRACTICAL…the day-to-day routines that keep us grounded are very important. To do lists, creating a budget, weekly house cleaning schedule and having a set morning and evening routine. This might not be the most glamourous of self-care types, but it is essential to overall wellbeing.
- PHYSICAL…we all know that being active gives us a boost and stimulates the brain chemicals which make us happier. Don’t worry, I am not about to tell you to go run a marathon (unless you like that) but go out and have some fun. Go for a walk, roller skate, line dance, the possibilities are endless, just choose what you like and get out there.
- MENTAL…it’s time to stimulate your mind. Go read a book (or write one), work on a puzzle, play games, download one of those game apps that challenges you daily, like Wordle. Doing these things keeps your mind active and young.
- SPIRITUAL…daily time for your soul. It does not necessarily mean religious, some examples are meditate, prayer, being in nature, practicing gratitude, having a yoga practice, spending time with the bible. Have a regular spiritual practice, it does wonders for your overall health.
- SOCIAL…hang out and have fun with the people in your life. Go out to brunch with friends, call your family, join a class and meet some new people. Or maybe, you need to dial back the social because you need more time for yourself. If that is the case, then set boundaries on going out and let your people know when you are available and when you are not. This is about taking care of you.
- BODY…ok, sometimes you do need to take the afternoon and pamper yourself. Get a massage, a mani/pedi, take a bubble bath with some candles and soothing music playing in the background. Take note men, this isn’t just for the ladies, you need to take care of your body also.
In my opinion, the point of self-care is balance. A little piece from each one of these sections, done on the daily or weekly, will help to create an overall sense of wellbeing. Don’t wait until everything is off kilter and you feel like it’s all getting away from you. Keep this list handy to make sure you are hitting all the things to keep all the areas of your life working in harmony with each other.
***Question for the comments…Do you practice self-care? Give me one example from the list above that you love to do.
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