Self Care to Handle Every Area of our Life
Self care is essential in our lives for building resilience towards those stressors which we cannot eliminate. We need to live our lives to our utmost potential, so we need to take steps to care for our mind and body.
People wrongly presume that self care is a luxury. That's why they remain generally fatigued, irritable, tired and overwhelmed most of the time. They need to understand that self care has to be a priority in their lives. It is then that they can make their lives seem worth while.
An American journal rightly described self care as a multidimensional and multifaceted purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning.
We can observe that gyming once in a while, going on an occasional diet or even playing a game sometimes, is not going to be of consequence. You need to have a sense of regularity. Building a schedule for yourself will help keep you monitored completely.
We need to categorize the various types of self care for our own convenience so that when we look at it objectively we can know how to handle every area of our lives.
PHYSICAL SELF CARE
We know there is a strong connection between the mind and body. We need to keep the body in a good physical condition, so that our mind remains calm and happy.
Physical self care makes you ask the following questions:
- Do you sleep enough?
- Do you eat healthy?
- Are you exercising enough?
- Is your body adjusting well to your diet?
The way you Think is completely responsible for your mental health issues . In order to remain in good mental health, keep the following in mind:
- Do things to keep your mind working sharp, you can do puzzles etc?
- Watch movies and read books to inspire yourself.
- Practice things that keep you young and mentally healthy.
- Practice Self Acceptance and Self Compassion.
- Maintain a good inner dialogue.
SOCIAL SELF CARE
We all have different social needs and there are no specific hours for social interactions. We need to invest our energy in building our relationships with others wisely. We need to figure our own types of social needs and then build our personal social agenda around them. We tend to neglect ourselves when social life becomes too busy.
EMOTIONAL SELF CARE
We all carry negative emotions like anger, fear, sadness. Emotional self care is a way if acknowledging and expressing your feelings on a regular basis. You may relieve yourself by sharing with your partner or friend, your day's story. You can even set a time to promote leisure activities which can help to process emotion. You need to indulge in a personal check up, to assess your emotional self care strategies. You can ask yourself the following:
- Do you incorporate any such activities into your life that help you feel recharged?
- Do you have a healthy way to process your emotions?
SPIRITUAL SELF CARE
This has nothing to do with religion. Nurturing your spirit is essential. It could be just anything that gives you a deeper sense of meaning or understanding. Also a sense of connection to the universe.
Meditation is another important way to create a spiritual connect. It could even be another way which keeps you entrenched in your spiritual path.
It is important to consider the following questions:
- Are you feeling fulfilled in your spiritual practices.
- Do you have any questions about your life experiences
CUSTOMIZE YOUR PLAN
You need to assess your personality. Address those issues of your life that need more attention and self care. If you feel certain areas of life are being neglected, create a plan to change those.
Ultimately of course the onus is on you. It will only be effective to facilitate and enhance your life if you will personally stay in charge.