5 Valuable Self-Care Types You Need To Prioritise Right Now
They say that self-care is not only bubble bath and healthy eating.
They have a point, self-care is much more. It's much broader and varied.
Self-care is also about looking after our emotional wellbeing, spiritual values, professional growth and development as well as anything else that makes us happy and makes us who we truly are.
While researching this subject I came across several suggestions about areas or types of self-care. Some websites such as Verywellmind.com, claim there are five types of self-care. Others, like Modern Therapy, go as far as eight.
I prefer to divide self-care into 5 types, such as physical, psychological, emotional spiritual and professional. It is my personal preference. And it's also mainly a matter of nomenclature - we call similar things different names.
For instance, emotional self-care might be called social self-care by others.
Let's dive into those 5 types of self-care that I have identified.
1. Physical self-care
Physical self-care is about looking after your body, nurturing it, keeping it healthy and well. It might include eating habits, exercises, skincare routine. It might also include regular medical check-ups, dental care and bubble bath.
We should not underestimate the importance of physical self-care as a healthy body helps to keep your mind in a better shape.
2. Psychological self-care
This type of self-care is very close to my heart as it's about personal development growth and motivation. Verywellmind.com calls it mental self-care, which I think is close enough. However, the term they are using does not resonate with me. It feel more clinical. Whereas psychological self-care implies self-development and self-realisation, which might include solving puzzles and attending lifelong learning courses. All f these activities would eventually contribute to a healthier and more energetic mind. And that's where my passion lies.
3. Professional self-care
I strongly believe that professional self-care is almost as important as physical self-care.
We spend almost 50% of our waking hours at work or within a professional environment. And if we don't take a good care of ourselves in a professional sense, well, then there is a chance to make ourselves miserable if not unhappy.
Professional self-care could include knowing your talents and limitations, being able to negotiate better deals for yourself and looking after your personal needs while at work.
It's also about professional boundaries and needs. Do you know when to say no to an additional task? Do you know when it's time to leave your current employment and think about a career change? It all is part of professional self-care,
4. Emotional self-care
Emotional self-care deals with emotions, feelings and all the tools that are available to help us stay in touch with our inner self.
Studies show that children as young as 4 months old can differentiate between emotions. And then we spend a lot of time teaching our kids how to control their emotions, how to differentiate between positive and negative and how to deal with varied feelings that might flood their little brains at the same time.
But adults not always know how to process their feelings especially if those are negative or uncomfortable. Spending some time looking after your emotional self-care you stand a chance to learn more about feelings and emotions in general and sensations that you might be trying to ignore in particular.
This might include practicing gratitude, meditation or attending therapy.
5. Spiritual self-care
The last but not leas is spiritual self-care. It might be considered to be similar to psychological and emotional self-care. But there is a difference. Spiritual self-care is more about higher meaning and values that you hold. It does not need to be connected to religion. It's more about what you, as an individuals, believe in and value. And if we don'd differentiate it as a separate type of self-care, yet again, we could de-prioritise it and live our lives without reflecting on our deepest values.
Modern Therapy blog suggests that it might include mindful walks in nature, gratitude journal or meditation practise. But in my opinion, it could be any practice that brings you closer to your soul, to your deeper self, whatever you want to call it.
And there you have it. My 5 types of self-care you need to start prioritising right now.
Make sure you allow a few minutes a day for each of 5 types. Some types might require more time, others might only need a few minutes a day. But remember to give some love to all of them and then I am sure your life will feel more fulfilling, balanced and enjoyable.