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4 Areas of Self Care You Should Be Focusing On This Year

AD | Self care is a hugely broad topic which has gained traction and attention in it’s millions over the last few years. I’d never heard of the phrase ‘self care’ once before I started blogging. I knew I had to take care of myself but I didn’t quite realise the importance of REALLY taking care of yourself, if you get what I mean? I was just worried about going out with friends, getting drunk and having fun with no real concern for what my mind, body and soul really needed. Self care comes in all shapes and sizes and massively varies depending on our own personal needs and abilities.

Physical Self Care

Taking care of our bodies is incredibly important – obviously – but it’s not always about sweating it out in the gym. It’s the little things which matter just as much. Asking ourselves, “what does my body feel like it needs right now?” is a good place to start with optimizing your physical self care. This post from Mobility Plus about 10 surprising health benefits of a cold water shower identifies things we might not even be aware we need nor how to achieve from such a simple task, such as taking a shower.

  • Consider introducing a meat-free day to your week
  • Take part in more physical activity that you actually enjoy – not just what you feel like you have to do
  • If you need a nap, take a nap. No regrets.
  • Stay hydrated and if you don’t like plain water – find something that works (like flavored water!)
  • Don’t neglect the basis: Take a shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast

Emotional Self Care

And checking in with our emotions really is just as important as checking in with our bodies. Emotions can manifest themselves in the body so these two really do go hand in hand and you have to take care of both equally. This can be a tough cookie and we all know that nothing good comes from bottling up your emotions. Check in with yourself regularly; multiple times a day if you can! If you’ve noticed some damaging thought patterns, be aware of them and if something is constantly making you feel a negative emotion, try and work out how to work through that.

  • Find a creative outlet that works for you which allows you to express your emotions in a safe and healthy manner
  • Try journaling or keeping a diary and writing down how you feel every morning / night
  • Try meditating when everything gets too much. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just taking yourself to a quiet room and focusing on your breathing for 10 minutes can work wonders
  • Listen to music and dance it out. Music is hugely emotional and certain songs and lyrics can definitely help us with our emotions
  • Cry if you need to cry

Intellectual Self Care

Keeping our brains stimulated is also a really effective form of self care. Our brains need nourishment, in the form of food and vitamins and also knowledge and entertainment. We don’t have to start studying math or physics in order to provide ourselves with intellectual self care and this one also varies quite widely on our individual intellectual levels and interests. I think we’ve all been there when we’ve let our intellectual mind get a bit stagnant and it really is an awful feeling!

  • Try learning a new language. Duolingo is a great, accessible and free app which allows you to do that
  • Take a free, online course in something that you’re interested in (try Coursera for some fab courses!)
  • See what your local library has going on and attend some talks in things you’re interested in
  • Try reading more and stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Watch more documentaries on things you find interesting and also on things you know nothing about

Spiritual Self Care

And finally, spiritual self care. You don’t have to be deeply spiritual nor religious to relate to this one although if you are, that’s great too and you probably have your own personal spiritual practices in the form of prayer, church or crystals. But for everyone one, spiritual self care simply means something that provides you with inner peace and makes your soul happy (and again, if you don’t believe in a soul, that’s fine!) We all want to find meaning within our lives and spiritual self care is the thing you want to practice for that.

  • Follow your passions – I know this is easier said than done but one small step every day
  • Look to your spiritual beliefs for guidance when you’re feeling stuck or low
  • Volunteer for a charity / donate money to charity / do a selfless kind act
  • Meditate and practice expressing gratitude every day
  • Consider hiring a Life Coach to aid you on your spiritual self care journey – they’ll be able to cover many more areas too!

Which areas of self care do you need to focus on more? What do you feel like you could improve on?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

89 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading about the 4 different areas of self care, I hadn’t really split them up before so it’s handy to know. I always like to have a shower and get myself all ready when I’m feeling a bit meh, and also naps are great, I totally agree that if we need a nap we should do what our mind and body are asking for. I actually really enjoy watching a documentary that I don’t know much about, I like the fact that you learn something new and I really enjoy talking about it afterwards to others!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. Thank you! I’m all for napping when we need it instead of just pushing through and not benefiting at all!

  2. Water is my self care strategy for now. I’m not drinking enough and I can really feel it.

    1. Oh me too, water is a huge thing for me as well.

  3. Self care is so difficult when you are a parent, and also daughter to elders parents, grandmother to grandchildren, you get pushed and pulled from all angles, but you must try x

    1. I can’t imagine how difficult that is x

      1. It can get overwhleming at times ,

    2. This is such an important topic. I think I could definitely do with better self care

      http://littlemissmelanie.com

      1. Thank you x

  4. I think I need to focus on pyshical, spiritual and intellectual self care because, to be honest, I rarely practice self care in these areas. I’m hoping to sign up – no scratch that – I’m going to sign up for a baking / cake decorating class for next semester. 🙂 It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now. Not only will it be great for intellectual self care, it will also, hopefully, help with my exposure therapy. Thanks for inspiration Jenny. x

    1. A cake decorating class sounds so much fun! I wish there was something like that in my area. I hope it helps you x

      1. Kim says:

        Thanks Jenny. x

  5. Alice Spake says:

    I always say about how important self care is but rarely practise it myself xx

    1. Awh no, you should!

  6. Emotional self care is something I’ve really struggled with over the last few weeks! I’ve actually got a similar post coming son, it’s so therapeutic to write about it!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Hope you can manage to prioritise it soon, it can be so tough x

  7. Self care is so so important isn’t it? It’s a main focus of mine this year x

    1. It so is, it’s so easy to get bogged down with everything else that we neglect ourselves x

  8. I think I struggle the most with physical self care! I’ve been eating a lot less meat over the last few months but I really want to get back to regular exercise too and try some new meals, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and end up bored! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. It really is! I’ve been there and I’m kinda there at the moment too!

  9. Your post is just so helpful. Thank goodness I found your blog. <3

    Ana C, http://www.adreamersland.com
    http://www.facebook.com/adreamersland

    1. So glad you found it helpful 😌

  10. Some really great tips! I need to have more me time xx

  11. Weird & Liberated says:

    I have recently started prioritising self-care myself but acknowledging my own feelings instead of bottling them up. Intellectually speaking I have tried to broaden my horizon, I have started watching documentaries about topics and people that interest me and I have found that reading is a great way for me to de-stress.

    Great post, really insightful and worth the read.

    1. I’m so glad you’re making it a priority! 😌

  12. Self care is so important and it’s something I need to do more x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

  13. I’m quite bad for bottling my emotions up, be it sadness, anger, it doesn’t matter because I hate showing any kind of emotion. I get that from my mum. Growing up I was never shown affection or love, I don’t ever remember my mum telling me she loved me. It has made me come across quite cold. Also a typical Aquarian trait too. Sometimes I listen to my ‘cry’ playlist lol I believe crying is very cathartic and I have a playlist of songs that make me cry. It might sound silly but the majority of my playlists are organised by mood. It works if I am sad, frustrated or angry because all three make me want to cry. I have gotten a lot better at showing my emotions but I still hold back a lot. It just is incredibly hard for me. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. As long as you have those strategies like the playlists when you do feel those emotions I think that’s a great thing 😌

  14. I just read this at such the perfect moment, having had a bit of a physical self-care session this morning trying to stop my skin feeling so dry and urgh. I love this: I’ve recently been trying to make myself more motivated in the evenings and it’s amazing what accomplishing just a couple of things – even if it is reading a little more – each day has done for my mind set overall – not to mention I’m actually starting to get organised again. I think it’s easy to focus on one aspect (such as physical) and forget the rest – I love the combination in this post!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to hear the small changes are improving your every day 😌

  15. Amanda Smith says:

    Loved reading this! I feel so connected with this post and self care has been something I’ve been exploring for years. Thank you for sharing this!

    xoxox
    Amanda – Activated Living

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad 😌 it’s an ongoing journey!

  16. I always feel I do a pretty good job at self-care, but then I see other areas suggested… haha THanks for the tips!

    1. Haha you’re welcome! 😌

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