When you think of self-care, your mind typically goes to an image of a bubble bath. But, did you know there are actually many different types of self-care you can focus on?

If you want to take advantage of all of the benefits of this practice, you need to take a holistic approach.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”   –  Buddha

Let’s look at 5 types of self-care for whole-body health and wellness.

Emotional Wellness

Your emotional wellbeing has a huge impact on your happiness and quality of life. Therefore, to improve your wellbeing, focus on emotional self-care.

This type of self-care helps you to better deal with your emotions. You’ll be able to control the way you feel, rather than letting your feelings control you. You’ll learn to become more aware of your emotions and express them in a healthier way.

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Taking care of your emotional body can include seeing a therapist, listening to music, and keeping a journal.

Physical Wellness

In order to stay healthy, it’s important to look after the body’s physical needs. That is, making sure you get enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.

However, physical self-care is so much more than just healthy eating and staying active.

Focusing on physical wellness includes ensuring you’re not adopting any unhealthy coping mechanisms like binge eating or missing sleep to binge-watch a tv series. It also means taking time out when you’re sick and going to medical appointments whenever you need to.

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Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual self-care is often associated with religion, but it’s basically anything that nurtures the spirit.

This is just as important as your physical and emotional wellbeing. If you want to lead a truly healthy and happy life, you need to make sure your mind, body, and spirit are equally taken care of.

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Balance of the mind, body, and spirit is key to whole-body wellness.

Examples of spiritual self-care include surrounding yourself with nature, reading a great book, meditating, and taking time out for personal reflection.

Social Wellness

Your relationships and social skills also play a large role in your happiness. We all need healthy, strong relationships to be truly happy.

It’s also important to remember that the people we surround ourselves with make a big difference to how we feel about ourselves and how we act.

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How is your social circle right now? Think about the type of people you prefer to be around. Consider your romantic relationship, or lack thereof, and how it can be improved.

Social self-care includes learning to say no if you need to, as well as making time to spend with family or taking that chance and going on a date.

It focuses on strengthening your relationships and doing what you need to do in order to meet your individual social needs.

Practical Wellness

Practical self-care relates to the practical aspects of your life such as your finances, career, and organizational skills.

By focusing on practical wellbeing, you’ll potentially avoid stressful situations in the future.

Taking care of your finances, for example, will greatly reduce your stress levels and ensure you’re well-equipped to handle any future cash flow challenges.

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Practical self-care tasks include creating a budget, taking a course to progress in your career, and organizing your closet.

These are just five examples of the different types of self-care. If you’re committed to improving your quality of life and becoming happier, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking care of all of your needs.

However, with so many things to focus on, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. So, it’s a good idea to start by focusing on one or two self-care practices until they become a regular habit. Then you can include more self-care practices and watch your life gradually get better and you become happier and healthier. 

For more information on creating a self-care practice, check out this article.

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