What Does Your Self-Care Look Like?
Self-Care is an important concept that many individuals forget to take. Busy lives can create negative effects like stress, which can affect your health mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically etc...
Below is a breakdown of some self-care strategies to try out. Some of these strategies may not work for you, but it’s a list for you to utilize to find what works best for you.
The Six Types of Self-Care Techniques!
Journal, as writing brings out self-awareness.
Begin Self-reflection therapy that includes reading self-help books, support groups, or creating art work.
Think positively by practicing how to ask and receive help.
Use sensory engagement like: Aromatherapy or relaxing in the sun.
Regular medical care like: physical exams, dental check-ups, eye exams, etc. (Need help with medical insurance, we can direct you to resources that will get you connected).
Have a balanced diet, such as eating healthy and unhealthy in moderation.
Exercise whether it is going out for a walk or lifting weights at the gym.
Ask for consent to be sexual, kiss, hug, or ask for nurture.
Get “me” time, whether it is taking time off work or going on a vacation.
Massages, Bubble Baths, and Acupuncture all do wonders for physical relaxation.
Watch a funny movie.
Be your best critic: Tell yourself you are worth it and practice forgiveness.
Treat yourself whether it is rewarding yourself with your favorite food or gifting yourself.
Create personal Self-Love and Self- Compassion
Laugh, Cry, Get Angry; it is only human nature to feel; you can choose to work with a CAASA advocate to navigate your feelings.
Find a spiritual community where you feel comfortable and safe.
Meditate, Sing, Dance, Play, Pray
Go into nature, whether it’s watching sunsets or raking leaves.
Be inspired and self-reflect
Go out and become a CAASA Volunteer
Plan Short and Long-term Goals.
Learn who you are & figure out what you want in life.
Make Vision Boards
Foster friendships, go on dates, spend time with family, and have a cookout.
Get out of debt and create spending plans.
Leave work at work.
Do not work overtime and on your time off, this prevents self-burnout.
Make sure to take vacation time.
Plan your next career move or take a class
Take mental health days
This blog was inspired by the Self-Care Wheel adapted from “Self-Care Assessment Worksheet” from Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization by Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff of TSI/CAAP (Norton, 1996). Created by Olga Phoenix Project: Healing for Social Change (2013).