Self Care Tips

There are five different types of Self-Care:
Emotional-identifying and accepting your emotions
Physical-taking care of your body and health
Social-being around others
Intellectual-stimulating your mind
Spiritual-your values/ morals
Each is important to maintain a healthy mind and body. 
Below is a more in depth explanation of each type of self care. Give it a read to see what areas are being tended too and what areas need some TLC. It's always a good idea to have a well rounded approach to taking care of yourself. 

Emotional Self-Care consists of identifying and accepting the emotions that you express on a daily basis. Sometimes you might express an emotion that someone else doesn’t comprehend and being able to tell them why and how you feel that can help you and them. You should learn how to not suppress your emotions but instead express them in healthy outlets. Things like singing, painting and writing poetry are some ways that you can express yourself emotionally. No matter how you feel at the time, learning how to accept a compliment without argument or pushback is a great way to show strong emotional health.

Physical Self-Care consists of taking care of your body and overall health. Making sure that you eat right and know what is going into your body is one way to stay healthy. Another way is to exercise regularly whether it’s to lose weight or to stay active. Finally getting a good nights’ rest so your body can heal and restore itself. Remember you only get one body so take care of it.

Social Self-Care consists of being around others or having good social relationships. Try joining a club that interest you is a great way to make friends and be socially active. Even going out with old friends for lunch and catching up is another way to improve or maintain a good social health. 

Intellectual Self-Care consists of doing things that stimulate your mind. Your brain is a muscle and should be stimulated. Try reading a new book or learning a new skill to keep it active. Also, knowledge is power so the more you know the more intellectually diverse you are. A great quote from Nelson Mandela goes “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination, but when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” 

Spiritual Self-Care consists of knowing your values, morals and what you believe in. Some ways to spiritually take care of yourself is to go to church (if that’s your thing) or maybe praying first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. If that’s not for you then try mediating: putting your phone on silent, turning off the tv, take some deep breaths and try clearing your head for about 30 mins a day. Another way is to try doing a random act of kindness for someone with no expectation of something in return and see how that makes you feel.