Wait, what? There’s more than one kind? You’re damn right there is. Self-care isn’t all about bubble baths and coffee dates, even though those are important, too. In order to really feel your best, you need a comprehensive overview of all the different facets of self-care. Let’s break it down.
This is a given one, but it goes beyond fitness. Physical self-care means from head to toe. This can include working out, stress management, sexual health, skincare, dental health and so on. Here are some ways you can practice physical self-care:
- Exercise for 30 minutes each day.
- Go to yoga class twice a week.
- Stay on top of your dental, health and OBGYN appointments.
- Create a skincare routine that makes you feel and look your best.
A healthy body starts with a healthy mind. Like Lauryn Hill sings, “how you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Emotional self-care looks like managing emotions and feelings and an awareness of your internal thought process. It also means actively working to reroute your thinking and create an inner voice that is compassionate, kind and loving. Here are some ways you can practice emotional self-care:
- Individual therapy sessions
- A meaningful conversation with a good friend
- Journaling and reflecting
Focusing on your personal growth is an essential element of self-care. You can’t be the best version of yourself if you aren’t constantly growing and evolving. Here are some ways to practice intellectual self-care:
- Take an online course.
- Attend a workshop to learn a new creative skill.
- Learn a new language.
- Read a book on a topic you want to learn more about.
- Listen to a new podcast.
There’s no point in doing self-care alone. Everyone needs a community to help build them up and support them through the good times and bad. Social self-care creates a connection that gives you a sense of belonging and love. Here are some ways to practice social self-care:
- Join a book club.
- Find a penpal.
- Set a weekly walking date with your best girlfriend.
- Schedule a monthly “catch up” brunch date with a group of friends.
Read more of our thoughts on self-care: Why The Definition Of Wellness Should Take Diversity And Equality Into Consideration, Whitney Leigh Morris On Purpose and 5 Small Routines To Get You Excited About Waking Up