In a world filled with a mix of love and hate, it’s important that we remember to nurture our well-beings before all else. The better you take care of yourself, the better you are at supporting others. Although you might not have the time everyday to practice each of these, knowing that they’re there is just as important. Breaking your needs down into categories will make your everyday life a little bit easier and will help you understand your needs and anxieties. Here are the six types of self care and ways you can practice them.
Physical Self Care
When people think of self-care, they often think of the physical kind. This kind of self care doesn’t have to mean a vigorous workout. The word
exercise can be intimidating but the key to self-care is it should be something you enjoy.
Practices: Stretches, Drinking more water, Going for a walk during your lunch hour
Spiritual Self Care
Spiritual self-care doesn’t necessarily mean going to church. Rather it’s taking some moments of silence to reconnect with yourself and find your inner peace. It can give you the courage to push through the tough times or inspire you to make a change within your life.
Practices: Meditate, Spend time in nature, writing down what you’re grateful for
Social Self Care
Humans naturally feed off the energy of others. Although this type of self-care might sound scary to the introverts in the room, it’s crucial to have a support system that you can trust. Social self care isn’t necessarily about conversing with a stranger, but rather finding ways to enjoy the things you love by being outside your home.
Practices: Spending time with loved ones, Working at a coffee shop, Joining a class
Emotional Self Care
Becoming more in-tune with your emotions not only makes the day easier to manage, but it’s an incredible anxiety reliever. It’s all about checking in with yourself and becoming more mindful of what makes you happy and what doesn’t.
Practices: Journaling, Being creative, Setting more boundaries
Intellectual Self Care
We often forget to care for our intellectual well-being. Practicing intellectual self-care expands your knowledge and nourishes your mind. Whether it’s expanding on a current skill or practicing a new one, it can help drives passions you didn’t realize you had.
Practices: Reading a book, Learning a new language, Watching a documentary
Sensory Self Care
This kind of self care helps nourish your senses of sight, smell, touch, and sounds. It’s an effective way to center your whole sense and dissipate the stresses of everyday life. It helps up to live in the moment and become more mindful of ourselves and our surrounding.
Practices: Burning a candle, Listening to music, Eating a snack