5 Self-Care Habits Introduction

If you’re like most people, you probably do a pretty good job of caring for the most important people in your life. However, you probably forget the most important person: You.

The better care you take of yourself, the better you’ll be able to care for others. As an example, if you undervalue your contribution to the family you might get upset with your family more often. 

Taking care of yourself is a habit, perhaps the most important habit you can have.  

Self-care helps us:

  1. Calm our minds
  2. Relieve stress
  3. Avoid Burnout
  4. Life Healthier Lives

As we explore Self-care in this article we will pay attention to these categories of self-care habits.

  • Physical 
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Emotions

One last thing before we engage with the material.

Self Care is one of the 6 Aspects of self-love we have been exploring over the last 5 weeks.

Grapjic for all the elements of self love

The Five Other Articles In our Self-Love Series

Build Self-Esteem in 3 Key areas for Growth

 

Why Self Awareness is the Vital Ingredient in Self-Love

 

Your Self-Worth is Not a Financial Formula

 

Self-Praise 4 Powerful Ways to Thrive

 

Self-Respect: Your 7 Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

Self-Care Habits: Physical Care

A woman walking for self-care. A little extra movement can do a lot of good things for your body and your brain.

  • You don’t have to pound away on the treadmill like you’re training to race up the side of Everest, but a little sweat and heavy breathing can bring about some great changes.
  • For instance, I love to walk and I’m a gawker so I’m not trying for a speed record, rather I set out to enjoy my walk and let the calories take care of themselves.

You might also consider:

Taking a daily walk.

You’re killing two birds with one stone when you go for a walk alone. It’s a great time to think. Part of your mind is occupied with moving your legs and maintaining your balance. The rest of your brain is free to think creatively.

  • You’re also getting some good exercise. Most of us spend far too much time sitting each day. Getting up and accumulating a lot of steps is good for the mind and body. And best of all it fits that idea of gentle exercise.

Action Steps:

 

Find a mild form of exercise you can easily do for 30 minutes every day. 

Self-Care Affirmation for Physical Well-Being

I am taking special care of my body by exercising it with love and kindness every day. 

Gratitude Practice

Write out either in a physical diary or a digital one: 5 Reasons why I am grateful for my body.  

Self-Care Habits: Mental Care

Photo of a sleep cat with out a care in the worldAccording to Harvard Health, proper self-care helps calm your mind from the thoughts constantly racing through it. 

One of the best and the most underrated thing you can do for mental care is to get lots of rest. Too many of us try to slide by without enough sleep.

Look at the cat in the photo for instance. Have you ever observed how totally into their sleep cats are? You can be too. Visualize yourself sleeping like this cat. 

Sleep

Sleep at least 7 hours each night. Everyone seems to claim they only need 5 hours of sleep. Every one of them is incorrect. The science is clear on this matter. To maximize your health and cognitive abilities, you need at least seven hours of sleep. Some people need more.

Unplug. Your brain needs a rest from the constant stimulation of the internet, your smartphone, TV, tablets, and so on. Give yourself at least a few hours each day of complete rest from these items. Many self-care practitioners recommend you turn off your digital gadgets at least one-half hour before bedtime to give your mind time to de-stimulate.

Read each day. Reading is great for brain health. Those that read daily have better cognitive abilities than those that don’t. This advantage extends into old age, too.

Reading is also a great opportunity to learn something new. Imagine how much you could learn over 20 or more years by reading 30 minutes each day. That’s roughly 3600 hours or 90 40-hour workweeks.

Action Steps:

 

Before you fill out any other part of your schedule block out at least 7 or 8 hours for steep. Cater to your own patterns. I get up at 5 AM I have from 10 pm to 5 AM blanked out on my schedule. It might take a little bit of tweaking but persist until you get it right.

Give yourself 30 minutes before bedtime to allow your mind to destimulate from your digital media including the TV.

This is the perfect time to make sure you have everything ready for the morning so your mind has no excuse to start worrying about what tie you will wear to work the next day. 

Reading relaxes the mind. Find something uplifting or soothing for this special time. You’ll find you will start to fall asleep easily with these practices

 

Now before I go on you might be interested in my Be Inspired page where you will find my Sunday Affirmations each week. Click on the button below and give us a thumbs up to join other Be-Inspired Enthusiasts.

Self-Care Habits: Social Care

In his wonderful book, Flourish Martin Seligman proposes five qualities that make up well-being two of those qualities involve a social aspect. Engagement and Positive relationships.

While having alone time is an excellent self-care habit, we also need to feel those social associations. 

How much social engagement you need is a personal decision. Some people prefer to have two or three close friends and spend quality time with them from time to time. Others like to feel caught up in the swirl of social engagement more often. 

You need to feel out what is right for you.

Action Steps

This is largely a reflective journaling step. 

What is most important to you in your social relationships?

Do you like to spend time with family?

What friends do you tend to gravitate to,

Name the kind of social activities do you enjoy the most?

What would be your dream relationship?

Are any of the people you engage with toxic? 

Do you have trouble with social interaction? 

Name areas of interest that would benefit from joining a locate club or group?

Self-Care Habits: Spiritual

A photo of c=greenery with a v=banner that says breatheA spiritual self-care habit is about anything that connects you to the deeper presence within you. This can mean something different for everyone. However, it involves a practice of reflection and introspection that seeks to find the deeper self.

Self-Care Habits for the spirit come down to some sort of daily practice.

You can practice one, for instance, or find a way to include them all in a daily routine.

Here are the top four working from the least demanding to the most. (In my humble experience.)

An affirmation practice

A Gratitude practice

A mindfulness practice

A Mediation Practice

None of these have to take up a lot of time. Having a mediation practice for about 20 minutes a day will serve you very well.

What is more important than the amount of time your practice is the consistency with which you practice.

All these practices are cumulative, building up little by little each day. 

Action Steps

  • Decide on one practice to start
  • commit to a daily practice
  • Write down the time and place and schedule it in your calendar or daily planner.
  • Once a week reflect on your practice. Can you lengthen the practice? What benefits are your finding? Is it time to add another practice? 

Self-Care Habits: Emotional

A photo of a happy manEmotions are a very important part of self-care habits. Healthy emotions lead to a fuller expression of your authentic self. Inappropriate emotions made you less likely to feel self-love.

Awareness is the best weapon against the latter and a way to live in the higher frequency of elevated emotions.

Cultivate higher emotions like gratitude, appreciation, happiness, joy, bliss, love, and serenity of beingness.

See the suggestions under Self-care Habits Spiritual to further your emotional self-care.

Pick one of these suggestions to work on improving your emotional self-care.

Try these techniques to develop and increase your emotional intelligence:

  1. Accept responsibility for your emotions and actions. Realize that outside influences don’t determine your emotions and behavior. You can view things from a different perspective, and then, choose how you’ll respond.
  2. Work on your listening skills. If you force yourself to focus 100% on whoever you’re interacting with, you’ll be in a better position to notice and evaluate what they’re thinking and feeling.
  • It isn’t easy to hide one’s emotions, but you still have to pay attention. The more information you have, the better you can respond.
  1. Develop self-awareness. We’re constantly monitoring our bank accounts and the number on the bathroom scale. Yet, few of us monitor our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Ask yourself throughout the day what you’re feeling. Is the way you’re feeling negatively affecting your choices?
  • Are you choosing your behaviors in an intelligent manner or allowing others to push your buttons?
  1. Learn to effectively deal with your impulses. Impulsiveness is a common cause of personal turmoil. We feel bad, so we order a pizza even after we’ve already had dinner. Or we grab a credit card and purchase something unnecessary. This type of behavior moves us further away from our objectives.
  • Notice when you’re behaving in a counterproductive manner and strive to make a more effective choice. Being successful and happy can be challenging enough on its own. Avoid sabotaging yourself.

Action Steps

 

1 Practice positive affirmations about your emotional well-being. 

I am thrilled to be enjoying higher vibrational emotions that bring me more joy, appreciation, and bliss.

2 Show appreciation for those uplifted emotions by noting them in your journal.

3. Practice mindfulness by focusing on all the little joyful things around you.

4 Try our Releasing Emotions meditation. 

Next Steps:

 Self-care habits are an important part of the self-love equation. 

Reading about self-care habits can increase your options for further development.

However, it is in the doing that change begins.

After you have read through the five aspects of Self Care

  • Physical 
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Emotions

Decide on one action you can do now.

Share with us your choice and why. This will help motivate others to get started as well.

Don’t forget to download our free Stress Management Self-Care Assessment.  hab

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