Wednesday 20 November 2019

7 Areas of Self-Care // Self-Care Awareness Week 2019

Physical Self-Care

This involves looking after our bodies including health, nutrition, sleep, rest etc.

Some examples include:
  • Going for a walk
  • Having a bath/shower
  • Getting enough sleep and resting during the day
  • Eating a nutritionally balanced diets
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take a rest or nap during the day

Emotional Self-Care

This involves emotional literacy, emotions, increasing empathy, managing stress and anxiety, developing compassion.

Some examples may include:

  • Writing a gratitude journal or creating a gratitude jar
  • Be more kind to yourself
  • Do a stress management course
  • Making time for reflection 
  • Working on developing emotional literacy
  • Being aware of ones own boundaries and saying 'no'

Intellectual Self-Care

This involves learning new things, thinking and creativity.

Some examples may include:
  • Practising mindfulness
  • Journalling
  • Reading
  • Learning a new skill
  • Doing a digital detox
  • Do a colouring or puzzle book

Social Self-Care

This involves having a supportive network of family, friends and others such as colleagues at work who you trust and can turn to when needed.
Having  a supportive and caring network of people around you helps build up a sense of belonging and connection.

Some examples include:
  • Join a social group, such as a local craft group
  • Asking for help when needed
  • Meeting new people
  • Spending time with others
  • Speak with friends, either send them a text, call/video call them or even send them a letter
  • Go out with people such as cinema or coffee dates

Environmental Self-Care

This involves being organised, having a clutter-free space to work at either for work or hobbies, a tidy room for rest and sleep, your home environment, a tidy care. Also minimising waste and monitoring home mine time we spend with technology.

Some examples could include:

  • Having a declutter of your home or work environment
  • Having a wardrobe clear out
  • Recycling as much as possible
  • Monitoring technology time
  • Tidying up after yourself
  • Maintaining and clean and safe living environment

Spiritual Self-Care

This involves your beliefs and values that are important to you and that guide you in the way you live your life. This could include pursuing goals and practises that help you develop your spiritual awareness.

Some examples could include:

  • Meditation or mindfulness
  • Having a reflection journal
  • Volunteering
  • Spending time in nature
  • Preyer, either alone or with another person
  • Find a place of worship where you feel comfortable

Financial Self-Care

This involves being responsible over your finances such as daily living expenses, income, insurance, savings etc and having a good relationship with money.

Some examples could include:

  • Knowing where your income in going in
  • Knowing what and when your outgoings are due
  • Paying bills on time
  • Keeping insurances up-to-date
  • Opening a savings account and saving money more wisely 
  • Using an appt or finances book to get track of ingoing and out going expenses