Self-Care Mind and Body
For the month of November, we have shared several ideas on the mind and body connection in the past few weeks. Today we will dive a bit deeper into the idea of self-care and share the 5 types that will help you connect more with your mind and body
Self-care isn’t a new buzzword, and it isn’t selfish to focus on caring for you.
In thinking of self-care, your mind might jump to things like taking a bubble bath and making time for yourself.
However, did you know there’s actually a lot of different types of self-care you can focus on?
If you really want to achieve the many important benefits of self-care for your mind and body, you will want to practice all 5 types of self-care.
The question is, what are the different types of self-care and what do they consist of?
Here, you’ll discover 5 types of self-care you’ll want to familiarize yourself with.
Your emotional wellbeing has a huge impact on your joy, happiness, and quality of life. So, if you want to improve your wellbeing, you’re going to want to focus on emotional self-care.
Emotional self-care helps you to better deal with your emotions. You’ll be able to control the way you feel, rather than letting it control you. You’ll learn to become more aware of your emotions and express them in a healthier way.
Emotional self-care can include seeing a therapist, listening to music and keeping a journal.
We have found that journaling has been beneficial in the following ways to keep our mind and body connected.
The benefits of journaling are many.
In order to stay healthy, it’s important to look after the body’s physical needs. That is, making sure you get enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating life-affirming real organic food and exercising regularly.
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When you’re focusing on physical self-care, it includes ensuring you’re not adopting any unhealthy coping mechanisms such as binge eating or missing sleep to binge-watch a series.
It means taking time out when you’re sick for rest and recovery, slowing down, breathing, meditating or simply sitting in silence a few minutes each day.
Spiritual self-care is often associated with religion. However, it’s basically anything that nurtures the spirit.
This is just as important as your physical and emotional wellbeing. If you want to lead a truly healthy and happy life, you need to make sure your mind, body and spirit are equally taken care of.
Examples of spiritual self-care include surrounding yourself with nature, reading a great book, meditating and taking time out for personal reflection.
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Your relationships and social skills can play a large role in your happiness.
We all need healthy, strong relationships to be truly happy. It’s also important to remember that the people we surround ourselves with make a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and how we act.
Social self-care includes learning to say no if you need to, as well as making time to spend with family and friends. It focuses on strengthening your relationships and doing what you need to do in order to meet your individual social needs.
Another type of self-care you’ll want to focus on is practical self-care. This relates to the practical aspects of your life such as your finances, career and organizational skills.
By focusing on practical self-care, you’ll potentially avoid stressful situations in the future. Taking care of your finances, for example, will greatly reduce your stress levels and ensure you’re well-equipped to handle any potential future cash flow challenges.
Some practical self-care tasks include planning how you will spend and save your money, maybe taking a course to progress in your career and organizing your home and/or closet.
If you’re committed to improving your mind and body connections and your quality of life and becoming happier, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking care of all of your needs.
However, with so many things to focus on, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. So, it’s a good idea to start by focusing on one or two self-care tasks until they become a regular habit. Then, you can move on to other self-care practices to gradually improve your life.
When we began our self-care journey we began with the practices of moving well and eating well. Over time we have added many of these ideas to our daily self-care practice.
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