What are the different types of self-care? Read my last blog to find out more about Self-Care in my last post.
I realize that I need to be more aware of self-care and need to put on my planner and commit to self-care.
These are 5 categories with examples of self-care and how they help you:
Sensory: helping to calm your mind. It is being tuned in to all the detailed sensations around you which mean you are living in the present moment, and that allows you to let go of past resentments and anxieties into the future as well.
Sensory Self-Care Ideas
- Cuddling up under a soft blanket.
- Going to the countryside and focusing on the smell of the air.
- Feeling the water on your skin during a hot bath or shower.
- Lying down and listening to music with your eyes closed.
- Having a small square of the most delicious chocolate.
- Walking barefoot in the grass.
- Having a massage with essential oils.
- Holding a pet in your arms.
Emotional: A great self-help tip is to be totally engaged with your emotions. It helps so much with stress. It's healthy to feel and accept your emotions, moving on from them; not bottling them up. It’s your emotional responses that count.
Emotional Self-Care Ideas:
- Keep a daily journal, and be totally honest about your feelings.
- See a therapist, even if it’s just for 8-10 sessions of general personal development.
- Make time to be with a friend or family member who truly understands you.
- Let yourself cry when you need to.
- Deliberately encourage yourself to laugh with old memories or funny videos.
- Sing along to the song that best expresses your current emotions or sing your favorite song.
Spiritual: You might want to skim over this if you are not religious, but spiritual self-care is about being in touch also with your values and what matters to you. When you develop a sense of purpose, it is much easier to recover from stress and depression.
Spiritual Self-Care Ideas
- Keep up a daily meditation or mindfulness practice.
- Attend a worship service
- Read poetry.
- Walk in nature and reflecting on the beauty around you.
- Make a daily list of 5-10 things that make you feel grateful.
- Be creative, whether through art, music, writing or something else entirely.
- Make a list of 5-10 things that make you feel alive, then ask yourself how you can better incorporate these things into your life.
- Say affirmations that ground your sense of self and purpose.
- Go on a trip with the sole purpose of photographing things that inspire you.
Physical: It makes sense that physical activity is imperative for self-care, because not only does it improve your overall health; it’s a wonderful way of letting off steam.
- Develop a regular sleep routine.
- Take lunch breaks.
- Go for a walk at lunchtime.
- Use your sick leave.
- Get some exercise before/after work regularly.
Social: Whether you are extrovert or introvert, connecting with people is important, because we are social beings. It helps you to understand that you aren’t alone; you are noticed. Do things with people who make you feel good and who you love being with.
Social Self-Care Ideas
- Make a date to have lunch or dinner with a great friend.
- Write an email to someone who lives far away, but who you miss.
- Reach out to someone you like but haven’t seen in a while.
- Consider joining a group of people who share your interests.
- Stop socializing with those who undermine or disempower you.
- Strike up a conversation with someone interesting.
- Sign up for a class to learn something and meet new people at the same time.