Most of us can agree that when it comes to health and wellness, self-care tends to be a top priority. Self-care is essential to keeping burnout at bay, maintaining a balance, and mapping out a life that fulfills you and gives you a sense of purpose.
There are four types of self-care everyone needs:
- Emotional self-care
- Physical self-care
- Social self-care
- Practical self-care
Keep reading to find out how experts suggest you can cultivate self-care habits in each of these essential categories
Your quality of life is directly correlated with your ability to keep your emotions regulated. This is why emotional self-care—the things we do for ourselves to stay in touch with our emotions and integrate them in a way that’s healthy—is crucial to building a better life.
Self-care activities that address your emotional needs include:
- Keeping a journal
- Consulting with a mentor
- Repeating positive affirmations
- Cultivating a sense of gratitude
Those who will find these activities especially beneficial are people who have trouble taking control of their emotions, are affected easily by the emotional states of others, and feel antagonized by unwanted feelings of negative emotions like shame and embarrassment.
Want to start making your emotional health a priority? A good way to start is with the way you speak to yourself. Identifying your negative self-talk habit is the first step to freeing yourself from a toxic habit. Next, toss that negative self-talk aside and replace it with words that are loving and kind.
When you make a point to include emotional self-care into your daily routine, you learn to forgive yourself and establish healthy ways to cope that can have a dramatic impact on your levels of happiness and well-being.
Physical self-care is most likely the type of self-care you’re most familiar with. It includes any activities you participate in on purpose in order to improve your sense of physical wellness.
Examples of physical self-care include:
- Exercising regularly (taking a morning walk, ride on the Peloton, attending a Barre class, etc.)
- Enjoying a relaxing bubble bath (have you tried our hemp oil bath bomb recipe?)
- Scheduling an at-home spa day (have you tried Nicole Kidman’s bed-socks routine with our Cracked Heel Souffle, as seen in Vogue?)
- Dancing in front of the mirror to your favorite Spotify playlist
- Splurging on a massage
- Scheduling in a mid-afternoon nap
So be mindful of the types of physical activities that make you feel the most centered and happy, and dedicate time on a regular basis to savoring them.
Humans are social creatures. We can only grow when we have consistent and authentic connection with others to nourish us. A common problem is that more often than not, we cancel our plans when our commitments begin to overwhelm us. And ironically, that’s when we could use one-on-one time with our friends and loved ones the most. Everyone needs to say “no” sometimes, but it’s also very important to ensure you have time in your schedule to socialize and engage with a larger community. Doesn’t it feel amazing when you can share a “deep” talk with someone you know cares for you?
Some examples of social self-care include:
- Calling your “favorite person” on the phone at the same time every day
- Planning a monthly game night with your friend group
- Asking your significant other out on a date
- Snuggling up next to your pet after a nice bath
- Ordering special stationery and sending it snail mail to someone you love
By the same token, take some time to seriously consider which relationships in your life have more cons than pros. Whenever you feel drained in the company of a certain person, it might be time to expand your horizons. Relationships are meant to enhance your life and not detract from it.
When caught in the midst of negative emotions it can be hard to remember that even activities that are typically seen as monotonous can be considered self-care. Whenever you make a conscious effort to fulfill your core needs and bring your stress levels down, you are engaging in practical self-care.
Examples of practical self-care include:
- Organizing your desk space
- Making a monthly, yearly, and weekly schedule to keep your living space clean
- Scheduling an appointment with a financial advisor
- Planning your outfits for the week ahead
- Trying out new healthy meal-prep recipes
All of these methods of self-care might not feel as entertaining as the others, but they are arguably the most important. A consistent practical self-care routine can be all that is standing in your way of a life you feel in-control of.
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