Posted: 01 January 2020

6 types of Self-care

Sometimes we do not take the time to self-care and value ourselves as well as we could be doing. The best way to practice self-care is to first get acquainted by the different types of self-care that are important to our health and wellbeing and learn how we can use and adapt them in everyday life. 

1. Physical Self-care

It is important to take care of your physical body so that your organs function properly, and your skin is healthy as well as much more. Physical care is a large part of self-care, but it does not have to be a vigorous exercise regime. The key to self-care is to carry out physical activities that you enjoy and does not feel like an obligation. Some ideas: Gardening, dance, Yoga, bike riding. 

2. Emotional Self-care

Tuning in to your emotions can help you become more mindful of negative emotional triggers and thinking patterns and finding ways to work through them rather than letting them live rent-free inside your head. Emotional self-care is about becoming more in tune with your emotions for your mental health and wellbeing. Some Ideas: painting, baking, writing, singing, sleeping. 

3. Spiritual Self-care

Spiritual self-care can help overcome mental challenges and is good for cleansing and nourishing your soul, helping you to strive for inner peace and purpose.  If you are more religious than you are spiritual, religious self-care has the same meaning. Some ideas: Spending time in nature, prayer, meditation, volunteering.

4. Intellectual Self-care

Doing something that expands your mind’s intellect is considered Intellectual self-care. Learning a new skill can help you achieve this type of self-care. Some ideas: Reading, learning a new language, watching a documentary.

5. Social Self-care

Your level of comfort in a social situation may differ to someone else’s, whether you are more introverted or extroverted - social self-care is important. Humans by nature are social beings that love to connect. Some Ideas: Strike up a conversation with someone, spend time with friends.

6. Sensory Self-Care 

Our sensory senses are made up of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Nourishing these senses are essential stimulants to your mental state in the present moment lowering stress, hunger, tiredness and evoking positive feelings. Some Ideas: Scented candles, soothing music, fruit and chocolate, walking barefoot on grass, viewing a lake or ocean.