Let’s talk about SELF-CARE.
We can describe it as the intention of taking action around our physical, emotional, relational and spiritual well-being.
To acknowledge our needs, prioritize what is important to us and validate our rights are acts of SELF-CARE.
SELF CARE IS NOT BEING SELFISH.
Types of Self-Care .
Involves activities that improve & take care of your physical health & facilitates the connection with your own body.
Examples: walking, running, exercising, playing a sport, stretching, yoga, dancing, taking warm baths, eating healthy foods, checking your health regularly, touching yourself with affection, skin-care routines, doing nails, hair, essential oils, listening to your body needs, getting sunlight & fresh air. .
👩👩👧👧RELATlONAL / SOCIAL
Involves activities that nurtures and deepens the relationships with people in your life.
Examples: setting healthy boundaries, engaging in relationships, time with others, creating support systems, positive social media, communicating thoughts/feelings/ideas to others, asking for help.
🧠EMOTIONAL / MENTAL
Involves activities that improve & take care of your mental health. Identifying what you feel and move forward honoring yourself. Declutter your mind and reduce your stress levels.
Examples: being in touch with your emotions, journaling, being compassionate, practicing gratitude, meditation, conscious breathing, doing art, engaging in therapy, reading, taking courses, taking breaks, acknowledging & following your needs. .
Involves activities to deepen your connection with your higher self (essence) & bring meaning to your life.
Examples: meditation, contemplation, journaling, finding purpose, engaging in community, connecting with nature, finding a sacred place, rituals, praying, singing mantras, lighting up candles, incense.
Because Self-Care can take many forms.
✔️Self-care IS to exercise your rights like saying no, ignoring other people’s advice, prioritize your needs first, take a break if you need it, allowing yourself to make mistakes and be accountable, treating yourself with compassion and taking a non-judgmental approach, voicing your opinion, be in disagreement, set boundaries, deciding freely if you want to help someone or not, not giving justifications, be loved and respected.
❌Self-care is NOT an “I have to” or “I should”, feeling bad or guilty for not “doing”, is not done to impress anybody, does not have to cost money, it is not follow what is trendy if it does not feel okay, forcing you to do or get rid of emotions/ thoughts to just have “happy thoughts”.
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