Self-Care Sunday – Types of Self-Care

by Samantha MacKenzie

Types Of Self-Care

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” – Unknown

Self-care should be something that comes easily to us. So often though, it isn’t. We are so focused the things around us, that we forget to look after ourselves. Some of us may even be so wrapped up in one specific area of our life, be it health, family, career goals, that other areas of our lives are put aside.

As I’ve worked my way through recovery from Disordered Eating and Mental Illness, I’ve found myself really appreciating taking time to love and nurture my whole self, mind, body and soul. And with this new shift in my own life, I see how the people around me are neglecting different areas of their whole self. Because of this, I’ve added this new feature to my blog. Each Sunday, I’ll be sharing tips, ideas and activities for Self-Care.

This week I want to share the different types of Self-Care. Self- Care can be broken down into 6 categories. Below I’ve listed each with just a couple of examples of what you can do to nurture yourself in each.

Physical – Health and Fitness.

  • Eating nourishing food
  • Going for a walk
  • Rest

Emotional – Feelings, Mental Health.

  • Writing in a journal
  • Mindfulness

Spiritual – Inner peace, purpose, religion.

  • Spending time in nature
  • Prayer
  • Charity work

Intellectual – Education, knowledge.

  • Reading
  • Learning new skills
  • Watching a documentary

Social – Connection with others.

  • Conversation
  • Spending time with like-minded people
  • Time with loved ones

Sensory – Sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste.

  • Enjoying a meal
  • Diffusing essential oils
  • Music
  • A massage

While there are different areas, so many of them cross over. Taking a bath for instance can cover physical, spiritual and sensory self-care. There are also some that need to be put aside from time to time. I sometimes need to ignore sensory in order to focus on physical. You just have to work on being in tune with what you need.

Something I’ve been tasked with recently, is writing down a list of self-care activities to turn to for distraction. I’m an emotional eater, my relationship with food is fuelled by emotion rather than the need for nutrients. When I have the urge to eat something outside of a regular meal or snack, it’s recommended that I do one of my Self-care activities to divert the thoughts and feelings. On my list are things like doing a face mask, journaling, doing my nails, listening to music and so on.

It’s so important to take the time to check in on yourself and your needs. Not only are you taking care of you, but those around you. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Next Self-Care Sunday: The Morning Routine!

Xx Sammy

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