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Self Care Mini Series – Part 3 of 3

Types of Self Care

I, for one, was very hesitant about this whole self-care thing because I didn’t understand why I would give up the time to it.  When I found out the benefits, I was equally annoyed because I didn’t know what to ACTUALLY DO for self-care!

 

It was overwhelming and seemed like “too much trouble”.  Now, I’m the person who has “self-care time” on my daily schedule and am looking for new ways to bring in self-care with things that I really enjoy doing and that reaffirm my beliefs and values.  The more time I spend in self-care, the better person I become and it feels very good to be a bigger contribution to others just by caring for me!

 

Self-care can be broken down into 5 general categories.  Let’s take a peek at the categories and some examples of activities within each category.  (Watch the video for more ideas for self-care within each category.)

 

Sensory

This category of self-care is about calming the mind.  When we use our senses we become connected to what’s currently going on and not reflecting so much in the past.

Sensory involves our senses; touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste.

Ideas for Self-Care:

  • Watching flames in a fireplace
  • Listening to music
  • Getting a massage
  • Cuddling under fuzzy blanket
  • Having a warm bath

Emotional

Part of self-care is connecting with your emotions.  It is important to “feel” all the feelings.  Whatever is showing up needs to be acknowledged.  Now, this doesn’t mean you have to stay in negative and sad emotions, but certainly recognize how you feel, why you feel the way you do, and how you will respond going forward.

Ideas for Self-Care:

  • Journal
  • Expand your emotional vocabulary (it’s an expansive category!)
  • Cry, laugh, growl, smile

Spiritual

This category is really about being in touch with God/source/spirit or whatever your beliefs involve and comes down to values and authenticity.  I like to look at this as part of our sense of purpose as well.

Ideas for Self-Care:

  • Nature walk
  • Gratitude journal
  • Positive affirmations

Physical

It is widely well-known that physical activity not only helps our body stay health, but our mind as well.  It can be form of stress relief and endorphin hit!

Now, please don’t assume that physical self-care has to involve a gym membership, hours upon hours on the treadmill, or some complicated equipment which has you running for the hills.

Ideas for Self-Care:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Yoga

Social

For an introvert, this concept may be super overwhelming, but hear me out!  Perhaps this is easier for extroverts or they may seek out places where a larger number of people gather.  Introverts can benefit as well and can look for smaller groups or even just 1:1 connections.

Spending time with people who lift you up and add value to your life should be something everyone adds in regularly.

Don’t let location be a barrier to social self-care.  We have amazing options to stay connected to those we love even if they are THOUSANDS of miles away!

Ideas for Self-Care:

  • Skype a friend/family member
  • Handwrite a letter
  • Join a local group (service group, fitness group, book club)
  • Take a craft/hobby class

 

Prefer to see the video explanation?  Check it out:

 

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