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Self-care is the most important act we can consistently engage in, yet it’s often skipped. While it’s extremely important, it often never feels urgent until there’s a big problem, like your health is failing or you’re having a mental breakdown.
Give yourself credit! Don’t let this be the hedonic treadmill where you set a goal and as soon as you reach that goal you’re instantly unsatisfied and set a new goal. I love goals, but self-care should be something that’s ENJOYED in the moment. Do it in a way that FEELS good to you while you’re doing it and leaves you feeling good.
Consistent self-care helps you avoid the traps of burnout and guilt because you’re taking good care of yourself and taking these breaks actually makes you MORE productive in business and fulfilled in life!
The following six types of self-care are not listed in priority order. If there’s an area causing you the most pain or preventing love and abundance right now, then THAT’S the one that you need to address first.
🏃🏼♀️ 1) Physical self-care
This is the most obvious form of self-care and is what most of us think of as our health. Like Jim Rohn says, “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” And it’s so true that our physical health is foundational to everything else in our lives. We cannot enjoy anything when we are in physical pain! This form of self-care is easy to over-complicate, but if you’ve been neglecting it, keep it super simple to get started. Choose to eat vegetables with one meal each day and go for a 5-minute walk, even if it’s around your house! Any nutrition and movement, no matter how small, is lovely to weave into your day.
👯♀️2) Social self-care
Are you prioritizing important relationships and limiting contact with unsupportive or unhealthy ones? The first element of good social self-care is BOUNDARIES. We must have the ability to say no to the things AND people who don’t fit the healthy lifestyle we’re striving for. Allowing a toxic person in your life brings the poison of negativity and stress into your life and those around you. In terms of business, you can choose to be intentional about the clients you serve to avoid those that bring you down and instead work with those who will grow with you.
With the time and energy you save from eliminating or at least greatly reducing toxic people, you can instead nurture the wonderful relationships in your life.
🧘🏼♀️ 3) Spiritual self-care
We all have a spiritual side, even if we aren’t religious. As humans, we are bring meaning to our lives and have to believe we are here for a reason and have purpose. How do you stay inspired and energized? What makes your soul feel good? Have you taken time lately, even just a few minutes, to be still and connect with yourself? Are you setting an intention for the day? We can also practice spiritual self-care by practicing forgiveness. Not only can it help another person, but it’s also good for the soul.
🧠4) Mental self-care
How do you feel in your mind? Are you overwhelmed, stressed out, frustrated, burned out? So much of how we feel is based on how we choose to interpret a stimulus. For example, a business rebranding could be viewed as a super stressful experience with too much to do and so many unknown variables, plus the added stress of many changes. Or it can be viewed as an exciting opportunity, a fresh start, an upgrade. Mental health care can also include things like seeing a doctor and getting a prescription if you struggle with things like depression, or sometimes it can be a shift in perspective.
How are you ensuring your mind is peaceful? Do you notice and appreciate all of the good things in your life (and there’s always something good, even if you’re just choosing to see it with an optimistic perspective.
Do you have a good system so that you don’t slip into overwhelm?
🙏🏻5) Emotional self-care
In addition to connecting with yourself, are you taking the time and space to process your feelings? Being optimistic doesn’t mean that you never allow yourself to feel bad – crying can be very therapeutic for the soul! – it just means we don’t allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity for too long. How do you process your emotions, both the good and the bad? I love talking to those who are close to me and journaling is often a great way to process my feelings on my own.
📚 6) Practical self-care
Do you enjoy learning and growing? Most of us do! IF we aren’t growing, we’re going the other direction. Practical self-care is learning how to improve in all of the previously discussed types of self-care AND it’s how we simplify our days in general. How are you designing your day to be productive AND to enjoy time with your family? Are you doing something to stay inspired, reading a blog or book, listening to a podcast, etc? Are you making progress toward your dreams and goals and intentionally living your purpose?
Is there something above that you haven’t thought about before? What can you implement into your life today to improve your self-care routine?