Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Beginner's Guide to Self-Care

Hello Loves,

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week and I wanted to do something different than I've done in the past. Instead of just talking about eating disorders I wanted to talk about something positive and proactive. Self-care is a very important part of living. Its important to be able to take care of yourself and to recognize when you need the extra love and care. You have to think about what would make you feel better, what would help you unwind and relax. This is the moment that you take just to do stuff for yourself that benefit yourself.

There are five dimensions of self care: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual. In your life you have to find the balance that will help you feel good and live the most successful life. Each person needs different kinds of care for each dimension.


Physical

The physical dimension of self care includes safety, health, physical activity, and touch. It is much more than just living a healthy lifestyle by eating well and doing exercise. Physical self care rewards you with more energy, better health, and higher self esteem.

Examples of physical self care:
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Take a short nap
  • Try a new class at the gym
  • Snuggle with your spouse or significant other

Emotional

Emotional self care is about getting to know yourself, reducing stress, coping with change, and the like. When emotional self care is practiced you are more kind to yourself and others.

Emotional self care ideas:

Intellectual

Expanding what you know is the idea behind intellectual self care. The benefits of intellectual self care include an increase of general knowledge and an increase in creativity.

Examples of intellectual self care:
  • Read a book
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Take a class

Social

Social self care is about growing your relationships with others. Social self care helps with your sense of belonging and it allows you to form a connection with others.

Social self care ideas:
  • Make a new friend
  • Reconnect with an old friend
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Host a dinner party

Spiritual

Spiritual self care is about developing the values and beliefs that you live by. Spiritual self care is not just for people that are religious. Spiritual self care leads to finding your purpose in life.

Spiritual self care activities:
  • Meditation
  • Attend a church service
  • Yoga
  • Prayer
How do you self-care?
XOXO