Self-care is anything you do to care for yourself, body and mind, to enhance overall wellbeing. It is an intention, activity, or practice that one should prioritize on a regular basis to help reduce stress and stay both mentally and physically active. Self-care takes practice and developing a routine takes time. It is essential to maintain a productive, happy, and healthy life. It can also help combat symptoms of compassion fatigue. We recommend 4 key tips to start.
Thinking of self-care activities in terms of area can also be helpful.
Physical self-care relates to our health, nutrition, and physical well-being. How you fuel your body, how much you sleep, and how much physical activity you’re getting all directly relate to your physical self-care.
Social self-care is connecting with your friends, family, and peers to create a sense of belonging and acceptance. Not all self-care must be done by yourself. These are activities that nurture the relationships in your life.
Mental self-care is doing things that keep your mind stimulated. Doing mentally simulating activities can help keep the brain active, declutter the mind and reduce stress.
Emotional self-care helps us understand ourselves more, cope with challenges, and develop healthy relationships. Work to recognize and accept that emotions are a normal part of life. When bad things happen, it’s normal to feel angry, fearful, or sad. Try to identify, accept, and not judge any difficult feelings. Practice self-compassion.
Spiritual self-care is your personal practice that allows you to follow the values and beliefs that give you purpose. Connecting to something greater than yourself in whatever way feels best for you. Spiritual self-care is not necessarily religious, although it can be.
Examples of self-care:
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