Self-Care

Personally, I think selfcare embodies 5 dimensions that often overlap constantly. Finding balance in all dimensions will bring you peace & harmony and today we’re addressing all dimensions and the importance of finding balance in each.

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Physical self-care

Physical self-care is the most common form of self-care.  When you exercise physical self-care on a consistent basis you respect your body, you increase your confidence,  you maintain health &  radiate ! Implementing some of these physical self-care aspects into your daily or weekly routine will go a long way, give them a go!

  Regular exercise routine

Intentional  & mindful eating

Taking a hot bath, getting a spa treatment, getting your nails done

Exercising physical affirmations, such as admiring at least one physical aspect of your body

 Thanking your body for everything it is and does for you

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Intellectual self-care

Intellectual selfcare encompasses activities that stimulate your mind. Engaging in intellectual stimulation will sharpen your mind, improve mental cognition, and expand your knowledge base.  Intellectual selfcare will leave you engaged, interested, and looking for ways to change things for the better! As once said, “Curiosity especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.”  Anyone that encourages, inspires and participates in intellectual self-care and growth is worth keeping around. Read on for types of intellectual selfcare that you can exercise daily which will leave you fulfilled and enriched.

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Practice a new hobby or research subjects that interest you

Read new books and re-read old favorites

Indulge in mentally stimulating documentaries, movies, or theater (and discuss the thought provoking plots)

Test your brain power with puzzles, games & teasers

Learn a new language

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Social self-care

As human beings, we need to be connected to others, to have relationships, develop relationships and have a sense of belonging, purpose and commonplace.  Social selfcare aims to nurture your relationships and keep your social circle healthy, supportive, and loving. Be mindful to surround yourself with those who will lift you up, inspire, appreciate and protect you . Remember, it’s never too late to take charge of your social selfcare by:

Eliminating toxic relationships

 Saying  “yes” to relationships & activities that actually fulfill you- not out of obligation

Engage and develop in relationships that make you feel wholesome & loved

Seek &  develop companionship from the most loyal companions- pets

Take breaks from social media

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Emotional self-care

For most, I think Emotional selfcare means balance. Emotional selfcare increases ones ability to read and understand their own and others emotions, it keeps stress levels at a manageable level and mood and demeanor balanced.  Practicing emotional self-care is important  and ties into the success of all other aspects of self-care. Ways to practice emotional self-care:

Be gratefule and  remind yourself of your blessings everyday

Practice forgiveness towards yourself & others

Consistently work towards building a positive and loving relationship with yourself

Talk to loved ones about your problems and struggles

Delegate tasks or take them off your schedule during stressful peaks

 You aren’t and don’t have to be perfect, remind yourself daily

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Spiritual self-care

Spiritual selfcare reaches past your intellect on a more personal level.  It causes you to dig deep into your soul and connect you with the world.  Spiritual and mental selfcare helps us understand our purpose in this life and gives us greater meaning to life, understand who we are, and foster a true love of one’s self. Spiritual & mental selfcare includes:

Practice meditation

Participate in religious activities and ceremonies

Experience nature (feel a connection with your surroundings)

Spend quality time with yourself

Learn more about yourself through personality assessments, evaluating personal goals etc.

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This wraps up our series of self-care. I hope you find some of these tips helpful and take the time to implement self-care into your life!