Self-Care may seem like a no brainer, yet at the same time we can misunderstand the true meaning. Self-care isn't necessarily indulgences like a massage or pedicure. Self-Care is what we do for ourselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is to practice self compassion, beware of emotional boundaries, and to learn to say no.
It is surprising how many of us ignore these basic needs for our physical and mental health. There are many self-care practices that we sometimes neglect. These are the basics needs we should be doing for ourselves everyday.
Below are some and items I will be working on for myself. At the bottom of this post are more links for you to find ways to work on your own self-care.
Emotional self-care is being able to identify, understand, and care for our emotions, plus being able to cope with life stresses.
-Stop Being a people pleaser
-Stop Apologizing for things I didn't do
More Emotional Self Care TipsPhysical self-care is getting the necessary exercise, having a healthy balanced
diet, getting enough solid sleep, regular health check ups, not getting too much sun exposure, and good hygiene.
-Incorporate exercise into my daily life, and make it a routine.
-Drink lots of water, and cut out sodas.
-Reduce the amount of processed foods in my diet.
-Get more good solid sleep at least seven hours a night.
-Create a stretching routine every day.
Supporting your health with these consistent practices has been correlated with increased longevity of your life.
Mental self-care is learning to manage my thoughts, seek help when needed, engaging my brain and setting clear boundaries. It is a balance of mind, body and soul.
-Seeing a therapist and setting boundaries is one of my top goals for this year.
-Learn to properly manage my negative thoughts.
-Start to focus on the positive.
Social self-care is social interaction with friends and family. The relationships you create.
-Cut out the toxic people in my life
-Start hanging out with healthy people who lift me up and not tear me down.
Spiritual self-care is to cultivate an inner world of peace and serenity, feeling balanced, calm, and connected with yourself and the world at a deep spiritual level.
-Learn to clear my mind with meditation