Self Care

Six Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life

There seems to be an underlying belief that we must always be productive, especially in the United States, where people are expected to work long hours and potentially pass on taking vacation days. But by taking some time out to engage in self-care, you may relieve the pressures of everyday life and reset yourself to get back to a healthier point, a point where productivity is once again maximized. Spending time on yourself may also benefit everyone else around you as well. Considering the costs associated with mental health services, lost wages, and more, burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, may come with significant consequences. From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer, as well as depression, anxiety, and feelings of resentment. In fact, engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate these negative symptoms and can also reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more. Spiritually, it may also help keep you in tune with your higher power as well as realize meaning in life. Self-care activities range from exercising and eating healthy to mental activities such as reading a book or practicing mindfulness to spiritual or social activities such as praying or catching lunch with a friend.
Perhaps the single most common reason people give for not participating in self-care is due to a lack of time. While many of us have a lot going on, it’s imperative that we take time out every day for ourselves, even if it is minimal. Another great thing about self-care is that it does not have to cost a thing. And you can even accomplish it in the convenience of your own home.

Physical Self-Care Activities
Taking a walk during lunch breaks, sleeping eight hours a day, staying hydrated, eating a healthy meal
engaging in exercise, having a cup of tea, sitting in the sunlight, or taking a shower or bath.

Emotional Self-Care Activities
Activities that help you connect, process, and reflect on a full range of emotions. For example, seeing a therapist, writing in a journal, creating art, or playing music.

Social Self-Care Activities
Include actions that nurture you and deepen your relationships with other individuals in your life. Examples are brunch with friends, going on a date, and making time to call your family members regularly.

Practical Self-Care Activities
These are tasks you complete to fulfill core aspects of your life in order to prevent future stressful situations. For example, creating a budget, taking professional development classes, or organizing your closet.

Mental Self-Care Activities

These are any activity that stimulates your mind or your intellect, such as reading a book, solving a puzzle, playing chess, going to a museum, practicing mindfulness, listening to music, or reflecting on things that you are grateful for

Spiritual Self-Care Activities

Activities that nurture your spirit and allow you to think bigger than yourself. Spiritual self-care does not have to be religious, although, for some, it is. Examples include meditation, yoga, being in nature, or self-reflection.

Remembering self-care is important because it is about listening to what your mind and body need. And what works for one person may not work for another. But we encourage you to continue searching until you find the best fit. Even if you can only find five or ten minutes a day, just do what works as part of your schedule. Even small increments spread throughout the day to engage in self-care is certainly better than nothing. Over time, you may significantly enhance your overall health and well-being.

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