Different Types of self-care

Embracing Self-Care: Not Just Manicures


When I was teaching the course for Actions for Happiness, one of our students asked me, “Why is self-care so important to being kind? I am so tired of people saying I should be doing self-care.” When I followed up with her on how she defined self-care, she rambled off things like manicures, massages, walking, etc. I asked her if boundaries, having a schedule, or being aware of her purpose were considered. It is knowing what you need in order to thrive. She stopped me and said she never thought of that. She had only thought of the pampering, and that was not her. She told me to forget her question and that maybe she should continue with the class.

There is four types of Self-Care that you should think about

Physical Self-Care is critical to the way that we show up. When we are tired, we feel dehydrated and do not eat well, and our energy level is impacted. Simple things like prioritizing sleep, adopting an exercise routine you can stick with, or choosing healthy and nourishing foods over highly processed ones. Questions to ask yourself… am I feeling run down? Do I get enough sleep? Is my body working as I want it to? Am I making good food choices?

  • Being active by working out, walking, biking
  • Take a bath to reduce stress
  • Create a nightly sleep routine
  • get a massage
  • getting your hair done

Intellectual Self-Care is important so that we can be sharp and make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. I see many people ignore boundaries, which is an important part of mental self-care. Questions to ask yourself…… are you doing something to challenge your brain? Do you know when you need to say no to those you love and to those who don’t mean as much to you? Other ways to practice IntellectionalHealth:

  • Listening to a podcast
  • Trying a new hobby
  • Going to a museum
  • Reading a book
  • Writing (poetry, journaling, stream-of-consciousness, etc.)

Spiritual SelfCare doesn’t have to involve religion. It can involve anything that helps you develop a deeper sense of meaning, understanding, or connection with the universe according to a research project done by Harold Koenig. Here are some ways you can do Spiritual Self Care:

  • Doing yoga
  • going out in nature
  • attending a religious service
  • Meditating
  • Journal Writing
  • Creating a Vision Board

Emotional Self-Care is important because it helps you regulate your feelings and emotions. Questions to ask yourself: Am I am go control my emotions? Do I have someone with whom I can discuss my emotions? Here are some ways to practice emotional self-care.

  • Saying words of Affirmation to yourself
  • Give yourself time to pause
  • Having a coach or therapist to support you
  • Allowing yourself to feel your feelings

Embrace Self-care for a Joyful Life

Self-care is one of the four essential ingredients to everyone’s joy recipe. It goes beyond pampering and involves emotional, physical, and spiritual practices that help you thrive. By embracing self-care, you can enhance your overall well-being and lead a longer, more fulfilling life. If you want to learn more about what a joy recipe is and discover yours, let’s schedule a complimentary call. Taking this step can help you find the balance and happiness you deserve.

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