Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard of the phrase ‘self care’ and how we all should be doing it, and doing it often! SO what is self-care?? By definition, self care is just care of the self, without medical or other professional consultation. How do you practice self care? That part is easy, you practice self care however you like.
Surely there’s some guide of guidelines to it? And to be honest, there isn’t really. What you could consider to be self care could be completely different to what I consider to be self care.
In this extraordinarily busy world that we live in, it is so difficult to ever really be ‘switched off’. Arguably, a lot of us don’t actually take care of ourselves like our parents and grandparents did themselves. We work later, and even when we get home, we still are connected to the rest of the world via our phones and laptops. Back in the day, the only way you might speak to anyone after you got home for the night was if someone rang you on the landline. Now we have Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Youtube. And even on a work side of things, we can still access our emails, and our LinkedIn profiles. It is never-ending.
That’s where self care comes into things. It is taking the time (consciously) to do things just for you. Things that make you feel happy, refreshed, relaxed, or energised.
And contrary to popular belief, we actually need FIVE kinds of self care. And they are physical self care, emotional / mental self care, spiritual / soul self care, intellectual self care, and social self care. And these are just the ones that I know of and that I personally practice. I’m sure there’s lots of other elements to self care out there too.
Some ways to look after yourself physically are to take a bath, get some exercise, feed yourself a nourishing meal that’s going to help your body. Emotionally, you could meditate, or just let yourself feel whatever you need to feel. Sometimes our bodies literally just need to cry for an hour. Let yourself do that I promise you’ll feel better for letting it out. Intellectually maybe you could read a book you’ve wanted to read for a while. Spiritual and for the soul, you could again meditate, pray, use crystals, do yoga, whatever way you connect to source energy, do that. Socially, you could call a close friend for a chat, get dressed up and go somewhere nice, or maybe you’ve been over-exerting yourself socially and you just need to stay in and not talk.
Is more content about self care something you would like to see? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to write more about this topic. I hope you’re having a wonderful day and if you aren’t, I’m sending you all the best vibes and love and light.
From my heart to yours,