It’s true, taking care of yourself is the kindest thing you can do. Nurturing your body, mind and soul with self-care activities helps to add a sense of calm to your life, recharges your mental batteries and helps to create joy within yourself.
There are four different types of self-care:
Physical: taking care of your physical body (e.g. physical movement, stretching, healthy food).
Emotional: activities that help you connect, process and reflect on your emotions (e.g. kindness, stress management, journaling).
Social: activities that nurture your relationships with the people you love (e.g. time together, having strong support systems)
Spiritual: activities that revolve around your values (doesn’t have to be religious, can also be activities that nurture your internal thinking or your sense of perspective). For example: time alone, meditation, time in nature).
You may find it easier to look after certain aspects of your self-care than others, but it is important to create a balance by working on them all.
Do you allow yourself “me” time each day? Indulging in just 15 minutes of self-care a day can make a huge difference. We’ve put together a list of different self-care activities you can do – for when you have 5, 15 or 30 minutes of spare time.
Self-care for when you only have 5 minutes:
- Take a few deep "self regulating" breaths...with a longer exhale than inhale..like a long slow sigh
- Self check in - check in with yourself - “how are you feeling?” - label a feeling.
- Listen to your favourite song
- Stretch your body
- Sit in the sun
- Compliment someone
- If you need to, have a good cry (and use the expensive tissues!)
- Give a loved one a hug
- Forgive yourself for what you couldn’t do today
Self-care for when you only have 15 minutes:
- Sit down, and have a tea, coffee, water and chillax
- Read a chapter of your book
- Organise your desk
- Pat a furry friend
- Pamper yourself (shower/bath with candles, give yourself a mani/pedi, wash and blow dry your hair)
- Call someone you love
- Watch a funny YouTube clip
- Make your bed – fresh sheets!
Self-care for when you have 30 minutes:
- Take a walk outside - or a run or a swim
- Cook a new recipe - find one that can be prepared in a short time
- Take a nap
- Do a guided meditation
- Do a gentle yoga class
- Unplug from technology and do an activity that involves repetition to promote calm (e.g. folding laundry).
- Make something without caring if it’s “good” or not (e.g. knitting, baking, painting)
B.Sc Nutrition with Psychology (Dual Degree)
Consulting Clinical Nutritionist to The Banyans Wellness Retreat
Owner and Managing Director of Wholesomeness