Sorry to say, but self care isn’t just slapping on a face mask and calling it a day. Nope, it actually involves deeper work! What if I told you there are 6 types of self care?
The whole goal of self care is to allow you to become a well-rounded, happy person. In this article, every aspect of yourself is covered, so you know exactly what you need to do to remain healthy and balanced.
This post contains:
Why the self care movement can be toxic
The 6 types of self care you need in your life, and how to do it
Practical Self Care
Spiritual Self Care
Emotional Self Care
Physical Self Care
Social Self Care
Mental Self Care
If you stick to the end, I have a FREE Self Care Checklist you can download that will upgrade your self care game!
For self care to actually be helpful, you need to focus on all aspects of yourself and your needs, not just one. This means that having a spa day to relax while avoiding doing your homework that’s due that day is not healthy.
So, it’s toxic if you use the concept of self care incorrectly, because you’re ignoring every aspect of self care.
The self care movement can also be toxic if it becomes a competition. Everyone has different needs, and you might start to feel like you’re not doing enough for yourself if you see that someone else has weekly massages and you don’t.
See what I mean?
Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen for you! Knowing the 6 types of self care will help you with that!
The Six Types of Self Care You Need to Know About
Everyone is different. You might need more self care in one area than the other, so take your time to find out exactly what you need in every area.
Ready? Let’s go!
The Practical Side
Put down the tub of face mask, people. This kind of self care is one you probably don’t even know you’re doing!
Practicing practical self care has the entire goal of helping future you and avoiding other problems caused by not doing this kind of self care.
This is how you practice practical self care:
Cleaning and organizing your personal space
Taking classes to further your professional life
Budgeting and saving money
Reading self-help books
Do you see a theme? You’re taking care of your future self by making a plan! It might not be as glamorous as a whole spa day, but you’ll be thanking yourself for doing these things!
Spiritual Self Care
Let’s do some soul-searching! Anything in this category has to do with your spiritual self-growth and is generally food for the soul.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to be religious to practice spiritual self care.
The goal of spiritual self care is to listen to that little voice inside your head and give yourself time to reflect.
This is how you practice spiritual self care:
Reserving time to meditate
Writing your thoughts in a journal
Going to your place of worship if you’re religious
Spending time in nature
The goal is reflection, and organizing your thoughts. This kind of self care is especially good when you feel overwhelmed and feel frazzled.