What is self-care? And how do I do it?
Self-care is one of the many ways you can look after yourself. The idea of self-care is to do activities that are beneficial and calming to you. There are many examples of how you can look after yourself through self-care.
What does that mean?
There is said to be 7 pillars of self-care. Mental, emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual, recreation and social.
This means there are 7 areas of self-care to truly help you in the long run. We must look after ourselves with the same love and care, that we give any person we have in our lives.
It is important to listen to your body when practicing self-care, focusing on whether you are stressed, tired, lonely, and so on. You know your body and mind the most, it is important to care for the body and mind you have.
Mental self-care involves creating a healthy mindset through mindfulness and curiosity. You can do this through journaling, meditation, thinking outside of the box, creating a brain dump list at the start of each day, and taking an intentional break from screen time (TV, internet, and phone usage).
To practice emotional self-care. You want to create healthy coping strategies for any type of stress, trauma or space that makes you feel negatively. You can do this by watching your favourite movie, listening to music, writing positive affirmations for yourself, asking others for help when you need it, and setting boundaries to protect yourself and your heart.
Physical self-care involves taking care of your body with rest, nutrition, and movement. This includes feeding your body at regular times, drinking plenty of water, partaking in some sort of physical activity, having a good night’s sleep, and taking any vitamins. This also includes caring physically for your body, through massage you can help yourself fully relax and get rid of those aches and pains.
Taking care of the places around you and the places you love. Keep your home tidy, explore new areas, declutter your living space, fill your area with things that remind you of fond memories or that remind you that the world is beautiful.
Activities or practice that give you a sense of meaning provide you with spiritual self-care. Some of these activities or practices could be spending time in nature, finding a community, identifying the values that are most important to you and surrounding yourself with good people.
It’s important to make time for hobbies and activities that interest you. Some activities include taking time for hobbies, going on an adventure, taking time to relax and do nothing, playing board games or video games, and switching up your daily routine.
Building relationships and making connections with healthy boundaries is the best way to practice social self-care. Some examples of social self-care are connecting with friends, calling your relatives, writing a letter to a friend, talking to a support group, and chatting with an online community.
With all that being said. Here are some of our favourite ways to practice self-care:
- A massage from our massage therapists
- A hot bath
- Skincare: face masks especially
- Playing video games online with friends
- The gym
- Spending time with family
- Watching a film with a loved one
- Yoga and meditation
- Watching a film or TV programme
- Go for a jog listening to some upbeat songs or a podcast
- Have a hot drink whilst reading a new book
- Do some arts and crafts
- Go on a hike
If you have any questions or are curious about how we can help you. You can contact us through telephone on 01204 848 887 or via email from in**@bo****************.uk and our chiropractic assistants will be able to advise you from there.
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