Self-care is still being promoted everywhere! There are plenty of social media shares, podcasts, and YouTube videos about it. But, I find that these platforms only focus on certain aspects of self-care, such as face-masks and spa days. Yes, pampering yourself is a form of self-care, however, it’s important for you to know that it’s a lot deeper than that. Self-care is dedicating some time out of your day to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. It allows you to check in with yourself, and do something that makes you happy.
There are actually five different types of self-care that you should be practicing. Here they are!
1. Physical self-care
This aspect of self-care is making sure your body is happy and well-nourished. Taking care of your body by exercising, eating properly, and getting the rest you need is very important. However, practicing this form of self-care doesn’t just stop there. It also includes: wearing clothes you feel good in, taking a long bath, getting a massage, painting your nails and even getting your hair done!
2. Emotional self-care
It’s important to feel your emotions for what they are while practicing this type of self-care. Basically, the point of this is to feel your feelings (even if they are feelings you don’t want to feel) instead of pushing them aside. Allow yourself to sit with the feeling for a few minutes, and then try and let it go! At first, it may seem hard, but you’ll get the hang of it.
I was told, “feelings are just feelings, that’s it!” Give them one minute of your time, and then move on with your day.
Other activities include complimenting yourself, allowing yourself to cry when you’re sad, and finding things that make you laugh.
3. Intellectual and mental self-care
This form of self-care is about exercising your brain. It involves brainstorming, creativity, and critical thinking. Basically, if you’re not on the computer, watching TV, or eating, you’re probably practicing this type or self-care.
If you want to exercise your brain, you should start by doing puzzles, reading a book, writing, or playing a musical instrument!
4. Social self-care
This aspect of self-care is about connecting with others and building healthy relationships. We need people in our lives that we can lean on when times get hard, so it’s important to find meaningful friendships and keep in contact with your family. I know that this can be tougher for introverts, but it is important to create these kinds of relationships as it benefits your emotional and mental health.
However, you don’t need to go to every social event and drain yourself. Just make an effort to keep in contact with the people who matter in your life, and build new relationships!
5. Professional self-care
Most of our stress comes from our work life! A lot of us are young, in a new career, and wanting to work our way up in the company. However, because of this dedication, it’s easy to forget to make time for self-care throughout a busy day.
You can practice this aspect of self-care by decorating your workspace, chatting with your coworkers, and balancing your workload. At the end of the day, make sure there’s balance in your professional life and personal life.
All of these take some practice! But, once you start incorporating these 5 types of self-care in your every day life it will become natural for you.