6 Types Of Self-Care You Need To Know About

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What do you think self-care is? Is it about clean healthy eating, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, journaling, or saying no when needed? I think we all have a different definition of what self-care is in general and how it influences our lives in some way. 

Yes, pampering yourself at the sauna, going away on nice, relaxing vacations and celebrating your accomplishments are excellent ways to engage in self-care. But it’s more than just that. 

And I don’t mind a little bit of spa treatment now and then. Treat yo-self girl!

We’re very complex people, with multiple needs at different times. Therefore, it is helpful to break self-care up into individual parts and reveal what areas you need more or less of at any given time.

Here are the six types of self-care that you need to know about as you create your self- care action plan.

You’ll be working on at least something in each category pretty much all the time. But crafting your self-care plan with these six categories in mind can make a huge difference in your results.

This blog is about the 6 types of self-care

Social Self-Care

Relationships such as with family and friends are an important target to develop since it can either build us up or tear us down. 

Plus, just because maintaining relationships is important doesn’t mean you have to force it based on what you should do rather than what you need to do. Like myself, as an introvert, I Looooove my alone time, most of the time. But when I do get to hang out with friends and family, it feels good. Depending on who you are, introvert or extrovert, find the right balance and set boundaries between spending time with yourself and with others.

When you spend time with others, doesn’t it make you feel good? You all laugh and all just have a good time. Friendships and family should always a place where you feel good about yourself, and even for others. Therefore, it shouldn’t make you feel burdened when you want to help them. 

However, there is also a time when No is needed to implement. Saying no is not saying that you don’t care about them, but it’s to make sure that you’re not helping them because you’re forced to and that you’re in the right state of mind to willingly help them. If you’re tired but a friend asked you to help them with something, make sure that it is something that you’re willing to do and not forced to do. There’s a difference. 

Thus, it’s okay when you need to say no and take care of your wellbeing. You’re not being selfish. 

Mental Self-Care

Mental health self-care is an important activity that needs to be taken care of daily. From controlling your emotions, moods, and bettering your self-esteem, tending to your mental health is necessary. 

If you find yourself dealing with problems that keep on coming up in your life and influence your lifestyle in the wrong way, getting support from friends, family, and even a counselor/therapist could be helpful and tending to your mental health. 

Here are additional resources that can help you take care of your mental health:

  1. Therapist/Counselor (mental health counselor, rehabilitation counselor, et…)
  2. Support groups that deal with specific topics
  3. Talking to your pastor or someone you trust in the church (they might pray for you, provide resources, etc…)
  4. Finding alternative techniques to improve your mindset
  5. Taking courses or reading books that deal with specific topics
  6. Journaling

Just make sure that you don’t deal with your mental health alone. Having someone that loves and support you is essential to tending your mental health.

I know for myself that I have dealt with food addiction, I’ve let food become my “dependency” when I was emotional. I finally realized that the only way to change or even control myself was to make a mental note of myself and work on my emotions. 

Take control of your mental health. 

Physical Self-Care

You can’t just tend to one type of self-care. That is what some people think that they have to do. When you deal with physical self-care, you’re trying to look good, and nothing is wrong with that. However, for you to keep looking good inside and out requires drinking water, exercising, sleeping, and eating right is important. These are other aspects that you need to deal with for your body to function the way it should every day.

I am a graduate school student that basically does her work every day. Sitting in my chair most of the day trying to get my work done. However, moving around, drinking water, and eating right, helps me to feel better but also works better. If I ate sweets all the time while I was doing schoolwork, which I have before, I would not be able to focus on my schoolwork. I would get tired and unfocused (been there, done that, not again).

Therefore, in your life, maintain your physical self-care, along with your other elements of self-care and your life will be where you wanted it to be. 

Financial Self-Care 

You wouldn’t think that your finance will have anything to do with self-care did you?

Well, it certainly does. 

Financial success includes creating a budget, paying your bills on time, avoiding living above your means, engaging in finding ways to earn or save more money, and working on improving your valuable skills. I also think it matures you on a personal level. Everything that has to do with improving your life is reaching a certain level of maturity and growth. 

If you’ve been needing help on improving your finance, here are some great ways to engage in financial self-care:

  • Create a budget and stick to it
  • Create a plan to pay down your debt
  • Start an income-generating side hustle
  • Take a course to upgrade profitable skills

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Spiritual Self-Care

Spirituality is not similar to religion per se. Overall, if you are religious, being involved in spiritual self-care is a great way to tend to your wellbeing.

The best way to care for yourself spirit-wise is to engage in activities that uplift your spirit while avoiding things that bring you down. If you are Christian, certain things you can do to boost your spirit:

  1. Prayer
  2. Mediating on the Bible
  3. Speaking the Word into your life
  4. Living by the Word
  5. Engage with someone with the same beliefs and boosts each other’s spirits. 

For some, religious practices will play a huge role here. For others, not so much. Here are a few examples of spiritual self-care activities:

  1. Walking in nature
  2. Participating in certain hobbies
  3. Volunteering
  4. Journaling

Find something that uplifts your spirits and that tends to your self-care. 

Intellectual Self-Care

Intellectual self-care is also an essential type of self-care because a lack of mental stimulation leads to boredom, a lack of inspiration, and possibly falling down the hole of engaging in bad habits to fill the void.

Intellectual self-care includes learning new and exciting things, expressing your thoughts and ideas in creative ways, challenging yourself, and switching up your basic routines to keep things steady.

Here are a few examples of intellectual self-care:

  • Reading non-fiction books, watching TED or documentaries on topics that you know absolutely nothing about
  • Playing challenging or mentally stimulating games like sudoku, word search, or puzzles
  • Learning a new instrument or language
  • Creating a type of work to teach or inspire others, such as starting a blog, writing a book, painting, etc…

Become the best version of you with these 6 types of self-care.

There you go! I hope that you learned and understood the 6 types of self-care so you can improve your life. 

What are some ways that you’re improving your self-care at this moment?

***If you want to learn more about self-care and what it entails, click here to learn to read my post on the modern guide of self-care.

Until Next Time, 

Simply Alia

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