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Depression,  Health,  Self Care

Self Care Rituals to Nourish Every Aspect of Your Life

Self care is an important pillar behind health, and it goes far beyond mani-pedi’s and massages. Self care is an activity that nurtures and refuels you at a deep level. Self care rituals are habits that support you and all aspects of your life. There are 6 areas of your life to consider when it comes to self care and I will dive into those today, offering some easy rituals you can begin adding in to your routine.

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— The 6 Aspects of Self Care

Physical Self Care

Taking care of your body is a large component of self care but it doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. The key to physical self care is consistency. Here are some great examples:

  • healthy diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables
  • regular exercise and some form of daily movement
  • ample quality sleep
  • acupuncture
  • massages
  • baths
  • daily outdoor time

Emotional and Mental Self Care

This area of self care focuses on becoming more attuned to your emotional and mental state. Habits here help you process emotions in a healthy way. Activities such as:

  • laughter
  • crying
  • journal practice
  • morning and evening routines
  • reading
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Spiritual Self Care

This doesn’t refer to religion. Spiritual self care nourishes your soul and spirit, deepens feelings of inner peace and encourages you to find purpose and meaning in life. Try some of these activities:

  • nature walks
  • meditation
  • yoga
  • gratitude
  • mindfulness

Relationship to Self

Rituals that fall into this category are meant to deepen and nurture the relationship you have with yourself. This involves getting to know yourself more, shifting how you speak to yourself and more. A few rituals you can try:

  • daily journal
  • vision boards
  • alone time
  • goal setting
  • celebrating your own successes
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— Self Care With Others

Relationship to Others

How you interact with others is actually an important part of self care as well. Surrounding yourself with others with similar visions and who inspire you is an important part of life. These are some helpful tips:

  • joining a group or club with similar interests
  • time with friends
  • time with family
  • communicating your wants and needs

Work Self Care

Work is a necessary part of life and it’s important to pursue work that you are passionate about and truly enjoy. Whether you work with others or not, implement a few of these habits to deepen your self care surrounding work:

  • boundary setting
  • taking time off
  • goal setting
  • learning new skills

The more you place importance on self care rituals, the more aligned and connected you will feel with yourself. You are a multi-faceted, unique being so it’s important to customize and practice activities that feel right to you. 

Love & Light
Whitney