It seems like self-care and mindfulness are the hot topics right now.
Whether it’s #selfcare on Instagram or self-help books quickly filling the shelves, the interest around self-care is growing!
Trending or not, having your own self-care habits is incredibly vital to your happiness, especially if you find yourself easily stressed out.
For a long time, my definition of self-care always involved some sort of retail therapy, maybe a pedicure, and going out to dinner with friends.
Sure, these are fun ways to de-stress and blow off steam, but only really focuses on your physical self-care and don’t encourage long-lasting change. Discover five different types of self-care that you’re currently missing from your routine.
The different types of self-care
1. Physical self-care
Getting into a workout routine, eating more healthy foods, and drinking more water will nourish your body from the inside and help stabilize your moods.
2. Mental and psychological self-care
I like to encourage mental self-care by exercising my brain, much like I do my body.
If you love puzzles, word games, and Sudokus like I do, these make a perfect way to work your brain muscle and enjoy yourself while doing it.
Practicing this type of mental self-care can go a long way to maintaining optimal brain health and function.
Another way I practice another form of mental self-care is through psychological self-care. What do I mean? I’m talking about focusing on the source of your negative thoughts and breaking those patterns.
Establishing affirmations or mantras personal to you help create a habit of stopping the spiral of negative self-talk, and focus more on creating positive thoughts.
Some other ways to create deeper psychological self-care include:
- Practice saying No to others
- Show more gratitude to maintain a positive view on your life
- Become mindful of the type of people you surround yourself with.
3. Emotional self-care
Emotional self-care can empower you to get in touch with your emotions.
Whether it’s getting out a good cry or expressing your anger to a friend, venting your thoughts and feelings – without judgment – is one of the best ways to nurture yourself.
You can also:
- Get out your anxious thoughts by journaling
- Demonstrate compassion for others by volunteering
- Choose confidence over worrying about what others think of you
- Establish solid boundaries for yourself
- Enjoy your favorite things without guilt or shame
Read next: Easy Ways to Practice Emotional Self-Care
4. Spiritual self-care
Practicing spiritual self-care can encourage you to get in touch with a deeper part of yourself.
Learning to release the voice of your ego, societal norms, and other external pressures can move you closer to discovering your authentic voice.
Letting yourself disconnect helps you focus on the non-material things in life, like enjoying a nature walk or meditating in a quiet space.
This quiet time the best opportunity to practice listening to your intuition to further uncover who you are and what’s important to you.
5. Professional self-care
I feel this is one of the most overlooked types of self-care.
Many can say that most of our stress comes from our job. And I know that the stale office air and headache-inducing fluorescent lighting is definitely not helping.
Preparing to step into such an atmosphere can create stress before the work has even started!
But finding ways that work for you to reduce your physical and mental stress at work can make a bad day, and even a lousy job, into a more empowering experience.
Here are some of my ideas:
- not taking on more projects than you can handle
- not engaging in office gossip or drama that can be distracting
- Keeping healthy (but delicious) snacks at your desk to keep you both satisfied and energized
- essential oils to induce calm feelings
- practicing time management, with plenty of mental breaks
Stress and burn-out can sometimes feel inevitable in life, but acknowledging that you have the control to successfully deal with it, reminds you to feel empowered.
Read next: Setting Boundaries at Work and in Business
Why holistic self-care is important
Ensuring you have a well-rounded self-care routine is essential for creating and living your happiest life. When thinking about your current self-care practice, consider the above different types of self-care and how you can begin to expand your current way of caring for yourself.
About the contributor, Joanna Njama
I’m Joanna, self-care blogger and creator ofTheMelanatedMaven.com! A sacred space aimed to empower stressed-out women to take more control of their needs through unapologetic self care. I believe that making your self-care a top priority and trusting your intuition are essential in creating a happier, and more authentic life. Let’s take the journey together!