Everyone knows what self care is, right? Bubble baths and bath bombs have given self care quite a name but there is so much more to it than those two things. There are six basic forms of self care and each of them serves as an attempt to care for a certain aspect of your life.
The six basic forms of self care include: – mental self care – emotional self care – physical self care – social self care – practical self care
In simple terms, emotional self-care is the act of recognizing and acknowledging your emotions and taking care of them. A super common example of not taking care of your emotional needs, that I fall into often, is becoming super aggravated and just burnt-out. Working towards becoming emotionally aware is a great first step to being able to take care of yourself emotionally.
Physical self-care is probably exactly what you’re imagining. Taking care of your physical health. This doesn’t mean dieting and excessive exercise, physical self-care is about much more than that. You don’t have to get caught up in a new diet & exercise routine to take care of yourself.
Taking care of your mental health through mental self-care involves decluttering your mind & limiting stressors. In my eyes, all types of self-care are important, but mental self-care is #1. Without taking care of yourself mentally, you can’t take care of yourself physically, emotionally, or socially.
Social self-care takes care of the relationships in your life, from friendships to family to intimate relationships.
The last form of self-care I have to share with you is practical care. These are acts that keep you afloat.