We’ve all seen Shrek, right? Well, remember when he compares ogres to onions because they both have layers? Self-care is exactly the same!
Everyone thinks self-care is so simple, so basic and you can just jump in a bath to solve all your problems. It’s not that easy. Self-care has layers, self-care has levels and there are many aspects of self-care that need to be addressed.
To make things simple, there are 5 layers of self-care. Only meeting one isn’t enough, you need to take care of them all. The levels can interact, intertwine and compliment each other but in a nutshell, each one needs to be nourished.
We need to take care of our bodies. Our bodies need to be looked after and nourished. The better care we take of our bodies, the better we will feel and the more we will enjoy life.
It is important what you put into your body so drinking water and healthy eating. I love the 80/20 rule (although it doesn’t need to be that defined) because I don’t like the idea of deprivation. If you want that chocolate, eat the bloody chocolate but also make sure you are consuming enough veggies, your body will thank you for it.
As well as what you put into your body, it is also important what you get out of it and this means exercise. You don’t need to run marathons but make sure you are moving. Walk, practise yoga, swim, dance around your living room, go jogging… find something you enjoy and do it.
Also relating to physical needs is personal hygiene, you need to take care of yourself externally too.
Sleep is also massively important to your physical needs because you don’t function the same if you are sleep deprived.
Oh, isn’t life an emotional rollercoaster! It is for everyone so always know you are not alone and what you are feeling is ok.
The most important part of your emotions is addressing them. Whether good or bad, your emotions are valid and you need to remind yourself of this.
Please talk, don’t bottle things up, honestly sharing is caring and a problem shared isn’t always a problem halved but it takes some of the weight from your shoulders. If you don’t fancy talking, journal. Write your thoughts and feelings down. Either way, get your emotions out of your body and into the world.
Also, say no. If you don’t want to do something or emotionally you are not feeling it, just say no. The power of no is amazing.
Whilst spending time alone can be amazing and beneficial, too much of it can also be lonely. Social interaction is important.
Make sure you are spending time with friends and family. Make sure you are regularly connecting. Meet up, chat on FaceTime, just get in touch.
Meeting new people is also great. People enhance each others lives and some of the most interesting conversations you ever have could well be with a stranger. You may meet new friends who you end cherishing in the process.
Every one you meet will serve a purpose in your life. Whether they are present for a short or long time, they will leave an impression. Even if they are just there as a lesson or a gentle reminder, interacting is important.
Get out of the house, meet for brunch or engage in a social activity. Get to know the people of the world!
Your brain is such an important organ. It needs to be challenged and it needs to be fed. Life is one great learning experience and no matter how much you think you know, there is always something you can learn and some way you can intellectually engage.
Hobbies are important as regardless of the hobby, you can always learn and always engage.
Learn something new, get creative, develop new skills, listen to a podcast, let your mind explore the world.
Debate, discuss, talk about aliens and read up on conspiracy theories.
Your brain is a sponge just waiting for something to soak up!
Spiritual needs are all about you and doing what makes you happy. Whilst social interaction is important, you time is also important.
I mention this time and time again but the most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself.
Be mindful and live in the present.
Come back down to Earth and meditate.
Read and fill your head with stories and wonder.
Detox from technology and join the real world.
Do what makes your soul shine.
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