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5 Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life

Emotional Self-Care

It's important to have healthy coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions

Emotional self-care may include activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings on a regular basis.

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5 Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life

5 Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life

https://www.verywellmind.com/self-care-strategies-overall-stress-reduction-3144729

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Self-Care

This is a process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being. It’s vital for building stress resilience and better equip you to live your best life.

Neglecting self-care may leave you overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life's challenges. 

Physical Self-Care

You need to take care of your body if you want it to run efficiently. 

Physical self-care includes your eating, exercising and sleeping habits and how well you're caring for your physical needs. Attending appointments, taking medication as prescribed, and managing your health are all part of good physical self-care.

Social Self-Care

Socialization and close connections are key to your well-being. The best way to cultivate and maintain close relationships is to put time and energy into building your relationships with others.

Everyone has slightly different social needs. The key is to figure out what your social needs are and to build enough time in your schedule to create an optimal social life.

Mental Self-Care

The way you think and the things that occupy your mind with greatly influence your psychological well-being.

Mental self-care includes doing things that keep your mind sharp, like solving puzzles, reading or learning about a subject that fascinates you. It also involves doing things that help you stay mentally healthy, like practicing self-compassion and acceptance.

Spiritual Self-Care

Research shows that a lifestyle including religion or spirituality is generally a healthier lifestyle. That can be achieved through meditation, attending a religious service, or praying.

Nurturing your spirit, however, 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.

Emotional Self-Care

It's important to have healthy coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions

Emotional self-care may include activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings on a regular basis.

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Self-Care Ideas For The Soul
  • Help someone.
  • Write out your thoughts. Then let them go as you burn or bin the paper.
  • Hang out with people who emit enthusiasm and positivity.
Self-Care Ideas For The Body
  • Use the body scan technique to check in with each part of your body.
  • Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest three times.
  • Put on your favorite upbeat record and dance.
  • Stretch your body.
  • Run, walk or go up and down the stairs for a few minutes.
  • Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
  • Look lovingly and without judgment at your naked self in the mirror.
  • Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Get fifteen minutes of sun. (Use sunscreen if appropriate.)
  • Do something that will give you a good laugh.
  • Take a quick nap. A few dozen minutes can reduce your sleep debt and freshen you up.
Self-Care Ideas For The Mind
  • Document the great things people say about you to read later.
  • Finish something that’s been on your to-do list for ages.
  • Change the way you make decisions. 
  • Mix up your routine in small ways to create new neural pathways in the brain and keep it healthy.
  • Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot.
  • Schedule in five minutes of “play” several times throughout your day.
  • Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it, in the same way, each day.
  • Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you.
  • Do mini-meditations with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just a little.

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Personal needs
Personal needs

Working parents tend to focus all their energy on work or family and put their own needs on hold. With the current crisis, parents have even less time for their own needs while they juggle work and...

Know what you need

Take two minutes right now and list what would most benefit you. It could be taking 15 minutes to decompress after work. Or to have a few hours a week to read a book. Or even guitar lessons.

Highlight what sticks out to you the most on your list. Then decide what top few choices are suitable for your available time and finances.

Communicate your needs

To have a successful and productive conversation with your partner about your needs and desires:

  • Timing is everything. Set a time aside together that is free of distractions, relatively peaceful, and not when you are overtired.
  • Remember, you're on the same team. Handle the conversation with gentleness and without criticism.
  • Actively listen. To encourage understanding, don't just listen to respond. Truly try to understand how your partner feels.
  • It's about giving and taking. Relationships are about mutual understanding, compassion, and sacrifice.
  • Do regular relationship checkups to foster connection and open communication.
Relaxation as an alternative

There are plenty of ways to achieve relaxation without sitting cross-legged on the floor. They’re all rooted in a technique called “the distraction method.”

The method consists of d...

Activities to calm your brain
  1. Arts and crafts, including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting.
  2. All varieties of yoga.
  3. Go for a walk. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking.
  4. Singing, humming and whistling.
  5. Free-writing before bed.
  6. Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures.