Updated: Aug 18, 2021
We hear so much about self care these days but do we truly know what it means to incorporate self care into our daily lives? Self care involves deliberately carving out time to care for ourselves on a more impactful level than we ordinarily would. Self care has the power to truly change our lives in a positive way if we allow it to do so. There are four areas of self care that we should be participating in daily. Let's discuss, shall we?
Physical self care involves caring for the body. I truly believe if we are able to care for our bodies, then we are able to care for everything else that deserves our care. Our body helps to provide the necessary energy to keep going even when we don't feel like it. This same energy will in turn help us to include self care as a daily priority even when we are side-eying and rolling our eyes at the thought of adding another responsibility to our to do list. Here are a few ways that physical self care can be a part of your daily routine.
Carve out 20 minutes each day to make sure you exercise, whether it be a quick run, a walk or a physical activity that we enjoy.
Make sure that you are eating with intention and purpose by preparing a good breakfast that fuels energy and making good eating choices throughout the day.
Putting on your favorite lip gloss, jewelry, outfit, etc.
Emotional self care is making sure we are conscious of our feelings. It's important to make sure that we are not allowing our emotions to control our lives but rather, we must control our emotions. Here are some ways that you can incorporate emotional self care into your daily life.
Take inventory daily of how you are feeling. Take note of your emotions by asking yourself if you are feeling happy, sad, angry, disgusted, etc.
Pay attention to certain things that contribute to specific feelings or emotions. For example, be aware of what things trigger sadness as opposed to joy.
Daily do a minimum of one thing that you enjoy. This could be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee or tea prior to starting your daily activities.
Mental self care is simply making sure that our mind is free of chaos and clutter. If we are able to do this, we will be much more productive. In addition, we will be able to carry out the ideas and goals that we hold in our minds if we release unnecessary mental chaos and clutter. Here are some ways that you can incorporate mental self care daily.
Find time each day to simply quiet your mind through meditation or just having a quiet, uninterrupted moment to yourself.
Engage in an actitivy that mentally stimulates you. For example, prior to going to bed, you might spend 20 minutes reading in order to gain mental stimulation.
Write three daily goals and focus only on completing these specific goals for the day. This will help your mind to not become overwhelmed with focusing on a million things at one time.
Spiritual self care is making sure you are connected to who you are as well as to a higher being. Caring for ourselves spiritually allows us to start or grow in our journey to becoming our best selves. In addition, it allows us to have a connectedness with whatever higher being that most resonates with us, thus promoting faith and hope in spite of whatever challenges we may experience. Here are some ways that you can make sure you're including spiritual self care in your life every day.
Take a few minutes in the morning to say a simple prayer over your day and various areas of your life.
Say and write positive affirmations prior to starting your day.
Take inventory of who you are as a person without the many titles and hats that you wear. If you need help in doing so, reach out to those closest to you for further insight.
The beauty of self care is that there is no right or wrong way to care for yourself. Caring for yourself is very detrimental in how we cope with things in our every day lives. The most important thing to remember is that self care shouldn't be burdensome nor should it feel like an annoying task or thing that we must simply do in order to check something off of our list because someone told us that we needed to make more time to care for ourselves. Remember, whatever works for someone might not be what works for you. I challenge you to gift yourself with self care in all of these areas of your life and journal if or how your life has improved.
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