“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinbeck
Last month, I shared the basics of self-care: its importance, why we struggle with it, and simple techniques to begin implementing into everyday life. If you need a refresher, check it out here!
This month, let’s take a deeper look into the different components and categories of self- care.
Self-care can consist of physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and professional self-care. However, self-care by nature is unique, personal, and distinct to you so some of these categories may not resonate with you or maybe you have others that aren’t listed. These six aspects of self-care are a great starting point to begin viewing your health holistically and ever-evolving.
To assess your current levels of self-care, I encourage you to fill out this worksheet.
Each of these six categories play an important role in your life. Our physical health impacts our mood, ability, and overall health, while our psychological state directly influences the amount of creativity, problem-solving, and information processing we can produce. Our emotional and spiritual wellbeing powers our confidence and centeredness with ourselves and others. Relationship or social self-care is crucial in determining our levels of connectedness with others, arguably the strongest desire in humans. Professional self-care has become more and more important as our work and personal lives become more intertwined and woven together as one and as standards are constantly rising to perform.
While your environment may change constantly throughout the day, one thing remains constant: you. You have the power and the choice to determine how your energy and time is allocated. Prioritize yourself equally among your family, friends, and work. Begin by creating your own self-care wheel with ways in which you fill your self-care bucket, one category at a time. Once you have a picture of what it looks like when you’re balanced, use the wheel to guide your self-care activities when one area may be lacking.
Self-care is a habit that we must practice into existence. As with any new skill, be patient and allow yourself some grace. And most importantly, remember that you’re worth taking care of yourself.