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Self-Care: What is It & How to Practice It?

November 19, 2020

Self-Care: What is It & How to Practice It?

You may have heard of the saying, "Self-care", but what exactly does it mean and how can we practice it in our daily lives?

 

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health. It involves identifying what your own needs are and taking steps to satisfy those needs. Those needs encompass your physical, mental, and emotional health. We often hear that we need to spend time for ourselves, but in this busy era, it's all too easy to be caught up by our fast-paced schedule and lose ourselves completely. Practicing self-care does not encourage one to become more selfish or self-centered, but rather to be balanced and know what you need to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

 

What Are the Benefits?

When we take time for self-care, it can significantly help improve various areas of our life:

1. Immunity Boost - Getting enough sleep, eating the right meals, taking the supplements you need, & exercising are all part of self-care and can help boost our body's immune system to fight off disease and stay strong.

2. Productivity - Putting self-care allows you to readjust your focus onto what's really important which can help you cut out commitments that aren't necessary and get what's necessary done.

3. Balance - When you learn to take better care of yourself, you learn to be more empathetic towards yourself when you suffer or fail instead of being overly critical to yourself.

4. Find Yourself - Self-care allows you to figure out what it is you love to do as well as breakthrough and accomplish goals that you may have thought you couldn't do before.

5. Be More Generous - When you give to yourself more, you will have more capacity to give to your friends and family. However, when you are exhausted and depleted - mentally, physically, emotionally - you won't have much to give others.

 

How to Start?

Pick a few self-care tips you'd like to do and stick to it. Write in a journal to keep track of how you're doing. You can try self-care goals with a friend or set an alarm to remind you to stay on task and not slack off. Make sure to practice self-care activities that you enjoy. If you find yourself dreading something or it makes you feel worse, than scratch it off the list and move onto something else. You should come out of self-care feeling better and refreshed.

 

Self-Care Practices

Self-care practice involves our physical, mental, and emotional areas of our wellbeing. The following is a suggested list of self-care practices you can choose from. Start with a few and keep track of your progress. Swap out any that does not make you feel good about yourself. Here goes:

Physical

  • Walk around the block
  • Hike
  • Declutter your room/house
  • Workout
  • Take a nap
  • Dance
  • Take a hot bath

 

Emotional

  • Put on fresh, comfy clothes
  • Play favorite song on repeat
  • Avoid triggers
  • Light a candle
  • Find your quiet spot to meditate
  • Watch your favorite show/movie
  • Eat well


Mental

    • Read a book
    • Learn to draw something new
    • Try a new DIY Activity
    • Turn off your smartphone
    • Ask for help when necessary
    • Write down your thoughts and feelings