Self Care – The Buzzword of 2018
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When I thought about what to chat with you about this week, I thought about all the times I read about “self care” this year. It was a buzzy word and used everywhere I turned, but I think it is great that as a society we are finally recognizing the need to take a minute to ourselves in our busy, on demand lives. So in the spirit of the past 365 days, and before 2018 exits, let’s talk about self care one more time!
“Self Care” Defined
Self care can be easily defined by you taking care of you. It is the mindful recognition of checking in with yourself and creating space in your day to allow yourself some internal kindness.
Although self care was address ad nauseam in 2018, it is an important part of our mind and body connection and health. Practicing good self care has some great benefits for a life well lived including increased energy levels, and better moods, better productivity, improved immune system and resistance to disease, enhanced self esteem, and more ability to be compassionate towards others. Increasing your own self care is as important as eating well and consistently exercising and will markedly improve your life if practiced on a consistent basis.
What Can I Do for Self Care?
Here is where things get tricky… self care can mean different things to different people. I love to stay home and read a good book, but others may think that is incredibly boring. Some people may feel that they do their best healing when talking to a trusted friend on the phone, but others may feel a lot of anxiety in that setting. The trick to practicing good self care is finding something that you genuinely enjoy, something that agrees with your interests and values, and to set aside the time to practice your new routine.
The best description for self care I have been exposed to came from a psychologist who categorized self care activities into five groups: sensory, emotional, spiritual, physical, and social. Keep reading to find out more about each category!
Sensory– these self care activities involve the use and awareness of your senses and how you interpret the world around you. Examples include listening to music, cuddling under a soft blanket, body work such as massage, naps, and baths.
Emotional – self care of emotions means fully recognizing and engaging in your emotions. Examples include talking with a therapist regularly, writing in a journal, saying “no” and “yes” to things that you may want or not want to do, and taking time to feel and express your reactions
Spiritual – spiritual self care involves getting in touch with your values and developing a sense of purpose. Examples include meditation, daily gratitude journaling, incorporating daily affirmations into your morning routine, or expressing yourself through creative mediums.
Physical – this one is pretty self-explanatory – it is the act of engaging in physical activity that allows you to let off steam and connect with your physical self. The difference between physical self care and daily gym sessions may be nothing or it may be physical activity that you enjoy rather than physical activity you do for the benefit. Examples include going to your favorite gym class, practicing yoga, simply going for a walk, or learning a new sport with friends.
Social– social self care is the act of being seen and engaging with others who make you feel positive. Examples of social self care include lunch dates with friends, reaching out to people you haven’t talked to in a long time, engaging with others at a social event that interests you, and disengaging from those who do not provide value to your life.
Self care was a huge buzzword for 2018, but maybe that is because we are all starting to recognize the need to time for ourselves in a world that demands our attention more often than not. Self care can be practiced in many different ways and will look differently for different people. The most important parts of self care is making time for it in your daily life, and finding activities that feed your soul.
Happy Holidays ‘Stachers; we hope you take time for some self care during this busy season! Make share your favorite self care activities with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!