Self care by definition is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one own health.” Now, self care looks different to everyone, for some it might be hiking through the woods. Others would consider it torture to trudge through mud, bushes and trees. It really boils down to what feels good to you.
The main categories self care tends to fall into are physical, emotional, social, and spiritual care. Finding yourself drained, depressed, stressed or even angry is reason enough to focus of giving yourself some attention.
Physical self care might look like going for a walk or doing yoga ( intentional stretching), eating a wholesome meal, drinking a healing tea, or even physical release. (wink, wink)
Emotional self care could be letting yourself cry or forgiving that person that wronged you. Too many time we suppress our emotions for the sake of “getting through the day” but the fact is our emotions are valid and the suppression of them leads to burn out or depression ( the presence of no emotion or only sadness).
Social self care is either setting boundaries and making alone time a priority or on the contrary it could be calling your friends to catch up or tapping into your support systems ( those around you that love and support you.)
The final category is spiritual self care, religious or not we all have a spirit/soul that needs acknowledgement. This looks like church for some, to pour out their hearts in praise to God. For others its meditating, sitting still, being still, listening to your heartbeat and feeling your lungs fill and empty in a very intentional way. Journaling is another way to tend to your soul especially if you enjoy writing, the words sometime rush out and you find yourself in awe of what appeared on the page.
In general everyone should make an effort to establish a self care routine. For me self care looks different almost every time I focus on me. There are days I run 3-4 miles just to appreciate the fact that ‘my body can do that’. There are times I take a herbal bath and listen to some Kenny G. Then there are the times I Femme Steam or (yoni steam) while sipping warm tea and just acknowledge my femininity. I am not a very social person so I find my time completely alone to be valuable, I encourage you to sit down and have a talk with yourself about what you like and what you need to get you feeling and operating at your best.
So talk to me, do you already practice self care?
What does it look like for you?
What will it look like for you?