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SLP 138: Self Love Quicky – 5 Self-Care Tips For Christmas
23, Dec, 2021
As we venture towards the end of the year I not only want to thankyou for being a part of the Self-Love Podcast journey, I am hoping you will get some time to just reflect and take a moment to look at how you can get through the festive season with a loving intent for your self-care. I know some will feel exhausted and overwhelmed, some may feel alone and not so great, so now is the perfect time to assess your daily routines, build resilience and make self-care priority.
Self-care has been defined as a term described where someone takes care of their own physical, mental, and emotional health.
There are many forms self-care can take. It could be getting enough sleep or grounding yourself outside for a few minutes.
Self-care is vital for building resilience and tenacity towards the stressors in life that you can’t control. When you’ve taken steps to care for your mind and body, spirit and soul, you are able to live your best life.
Unfortunately, however, many people view self-care as a luxury, rather than a necessity. And then find they are unable to deal with inevitable challenges or problems as well as they could.
Self-care isn’t just about finding ways to relax or switch off. It’s about taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It is important to find a balance that allows you to support each of these areas. Sometimes you might need more self-care in one area to restore balance or a combination of a few to help get you back to homeostasis.
1. Physical Self-Care
You need to take care of your body if you want it to run well. There’s a strong connection between your body and your mind. When you’re caring for your body, you are caring for your mind and you will find the more you do this the more you’ll think and feel better too.
Physical self-care includes how you’re feeding your body, how much sleep you’re getting, how much physical movement you are doing, and how well you’re caring for all of your physical needs.
When it comes to physical self-care, you can ask yourself questions to see whether there might be some areas you could improve on:
- Are you getting adequate sleep?
- Is your diet feeding your body well?
- Are you taking charge of your health?
- Are you getting enough exercise?
- What daily self-care rituals do you have?
- Social Self-Care
Being social is key to self-care. But, sometimes it can be hard to make time for friends and family especially when life is busy.
Close connections are important for your well-being. The best way to cultivate and maintain close relationships is to put time and energy into those relationships.
The key is to figure out what you need and then build enough time in your schedule to have the ideal social life.
To assess your social self-care, consider:
- Are you getting enough face-to-face time with your friends?
- What are you doing to nurture your relationships with friends and family?
- Mental Self-Care
The way you think and the things that you’re filling your mind with greatly influence your psychological well-being.
Mental self-care includes doing things that keep your mind sharp, like puzzles, or learning. You might find reading books or watching movies that inspire you feeds your mind.
Mental self-care also involves doing things that help you stay mentally healthy. Practicing self-compassion and acceptance helps you maintain a healthier inner dialogue or to make friends with that inner voice.
Here are a couple of questions to consider when you think about your mental self-care:
- Are you making enough time for activities that mentally stimulate you?
- Are you doing proactive things to help you stay mentally healthy?
- Spiritual Self-Care
Nurturing your spirit does not necessarily have to involve religion. It can involve anything that helps you develop a deeper sense of meaning, understanding, or connection with the universe, source, soul or spirit.
Whether you enjoy meditating or attending a religious service, or praying, spiritual self-care is important.
As you consider your spiritual life, ask yourself:
- What questions do you ask yourself about your life and experience?
- Are you engaging in spiritual practices that you find fulfilling?
- Emotional Self-Care
It’s important to have healthy coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions like anger, anxiety, fear and sadness. Emotional self-care may include activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings regularly and safely.
Whether you talk to a partner or close friend about how you feel, or you set aside time to help you process your emotions, it’s important to incorporate emotional self-care into your life. This is where having a coach or mentor can be the best investment you ever make.
When assessing your emotional self-care strategies, consider these questions:
- Do you have healthy ways to process your emotions?
- Do you incorporate activities into your life that help you feel recharged?
So Why Is Self-Care Important?
Having effective daily self-care routines shows a number of important health benefits that can include:
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Reducing stress and improving resilience and tenacity
- Improving happiness
- Increasing energy
- Reducing overwhelm and burnout
- Stronger relationships with others
Having a purpose in life can certainly help you to feel more connected and add years to your health and wellbeing.
An effective self-care plan should work into your life and your needs. It needs to be something created by you, for you.
As you create your self-care plan, the following steps can be helpful:
- Assess your needs
- Look closely at your stressors
- Devise self-care strategies and create boundaries
- Plan for and expect challenges
- Take small steps
- Schedule time to focus on your needs and honour yourself
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Merry Christmas to you my beautiful listener, I sincerely wish you and your loved ones a very special festive season and wonderful happy new year. Thank you for being on this ride with me xx
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