As a follow up from my last blog post, I thought I would delve further into the topic of self care. The underlining message of self care is to love yourself and spend time taking care of yourself. It means truly learning to do things that make you feel content and more engaged in your life. By investing time and care in yourself, it will help you develop a deeper love for who you are as a person and build up self appreciation.
There are many types of self care:
- Physical Self Care. Are you eating well-balanced meals throughout the day? Are you getting enough exercise and participating in activities you enjoy? Are you getting regular medical care including physical check-ups and taking medications when ill? Are you using your sick days at work to rest up during illness? Are you getting enough sleep during the night? Are you taking vacations to recharge and relax? Are your sexual needs fulfilled?
- Psychological Self Care. Do you ever journal or spend time reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and needs? Do you have healthy outlets to manage the stress in your life? Are you communicating your needs and wants in your relationships? Are you able to say no when you are overwhelmed? Are you able to ask for help? Are you trying new things to get our of your comfort zone?
- Emotional Self Care. Do you spend time with people who cherish your company and uplift your spirits? Are you maintaining your friendships and important relationships? Do you give yourself affirmations and self-praise? Do you spend time engaging in comforting activities? Are you allowing yourself to express your feelings fully?
- Spiritual Self Care. Do you allow time for reflection? Are you spending time in nature? Do you participate in a spiritual community? Are you open to inspiration, optimism, and hope? Are you spending time in prayer or meditation? Do you contribute to worthy causes you believe in? Are you taking time to read inspirational literature?
- Workplace Self Care. Do you give yourself breaks during the workday? Are you engaging in coworkers in an enjoyable way? Do you give yourself enough quiet space and time to complete tasks? Are you setting appropriate boundaries with coworkers and supervisors? Do you have a comfortable workspace? Are you negotiating your needs, including time off, benefits, and raises? Are you able to say no when overloaded? Do you balance your work and home life appropriately?
You are the most important thing in your life! Nurture yourself, love yourself, and take care of yourself. For more information about self care or our therapy services, please give us a call at (813) 340-6955.