The incredible positive impact a self-care regimen can make on our lives should be clear from some of my previous posts – if you’d like to see more, click HERE to visit my collection and check them out!
The next question in discovering all about self-care is to look at the types of self-care you can employ, and how each type can benefit your whole being. Remember, this is all about you taking care of you.
All. Of. You. So what types are there? Let’s take a look:
Mental health is probably the least talked about yet one of the most crucial aspects of daily living. Depression and anxiety run rampant in our society and we are barely willing to acknowledge it, let alone take steps to overcome and even prevent it.
Activities for psychological self-care involve two requirements: 1) at least one of the five senses (touch, smell, sight, sound and taste), and 2) being in the moment.
Try things like closing your eyes and truly enjoying the scent of a candle, listening to some soothing music, or letting the sun rain down vitamin D onto your skin.
A massage with essential oils is another great way to be in the moment and truly relax. The object is to be still, not overstimulated, and be one with the moment.
Some of us have developed an unhealthy habit of shoving unpleasant emotions down – so far away and nearly invisible, so that we don’t have to deal with them. Self-care involves dealing with those emotions, including bringing them to the surface, allowing them time and space to process, getting help to process when you need to, and then moving forward.
For emotional self-care, try the process of journaling, talk to a counselor or trusted friend, and sing songs that are representative of your current emotion. Naming what’s going on with you emotionally is a great first step toward finding a resolution, reducing strong or challenging emotions, and for generating ideas to help you move forward in a healthy manner.
You don’t have to adhere to a specific religion for you to get in touch with your spiritual side. For self-care in this category you could try positive affirmations, reading self-help books, visiting a religious or spiritual service, or spending some time in nature.
Our bodies are the only vessel we get in this lifetime. And yes, exercise important, but also consider the bigger picture. Getting physical is an excellent way to burn off steam along with those extra calories.
Cross-fit might be great for some, while others might be a little more comfortable talking the dog for a walk. It can be in a gym or outside, in a group or alone. Whatever works best for you and your current fitness level is what you should incorporate into your life, with a plan to progress as you get stronger.
Humans thrive on social interaction. The introverts among us might disagree, but there’s an innate level of satisfaction in creating long-lasting and substantial bonds with other humans.
There are countless ways to engage in social self-care: Support groups, brunch with friends, attending a social group meeting like a book club, or volunteering your time at a school or non-profit organization.
If “people-ing” isn’t your thing, try reaching out to someone via email or engaging in online forums.
We’ve gone over the five main areas of benefits and five main type of self-care, but how do you really get in there and decide what’s right for you? First and foremost, you need to make self-care a priority and not an “if I get time” activity.
This is for your own personal enrichment and well-being. You have to invest in yourself to reaps the rewards and start living the DivaStyle Life you deserve.
Remember – you are definitely worth the investment!