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8 Areas of Self-Care

8 Areas of Self-Care

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Self-care is the act of engaging in activities to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. There are 8 main areas of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social, professional, environmental, spiritual, and financial.

1) Physical self-care

Movement of the body, health, nutrition, sleep, and resting needs. Some examples of physical self-care:

  • Going for a walk
  • Taking a bath
  • Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours per night)
  • Eating nourishing foods

2) Psychological self-care

Learning new things, practicing mindfulness and creativity. Some examples of psychological self-care:

  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Reading a book
  • Learning a new skill
  • Doing a digital detox

3) Emotional self-care

Enhancing emotional literacy, navigating emotions, increasing empathy, and managing stress effectively. Some examples of emotional self-care:

  • Saying no
  • Making time for reflecting on feelings
  • Practicing self-compassion
  • Being aware of your emotional boundaries

4) Social self-care

Having a supportive group and network of relationships around you that you can trust and turn to. Some examples of social self-care:

  • Honoring your commitments to other people
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Meeting new people
  • Spending time with family and friends

5) Professional self-care

Sharing your strengths and gifts, having clear professional boundaries, and living your purpose. Some examples of professional self-care:

  • Eating a nourishing lunch each day at work
  • Negotiating your needs
  • Having clear professional boundaries
  • Attending professional developing opportunities

6) Environmental self-care

Having an organized, well maintained, and clutter-free work, business, and home environment, having clean clothes, and a clean and well-maintained mode of transport. Some examples of environmental self-care:

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  • Decluttering your home or work environment
  • Monitoring technology time
  • Cleaning up after a meal
  • Maintaining a clean and safe living environment

7) Spiritual self-care

Having beliefs and values that are important to you and guide your life. Some examples of spiritual self-care:

  • Meditating
  • Reflecting in a journal
  • Going on a retreat
  • Walking in nature

8) Financial self-care

Being responsible with your finances and having a conscious relationship with money. Some examples of financial self-care:

  • Knowing where your income is coming in
  • Knowing where your expenses are due and paying them on time
  • Completing your tax responsibilities on time
  • Spending and saving money wisely

Implementing self-care tactics can be challenging, but is essential! Working with a coach can help you find which areas of self-care you can benefit from. Click here to get started.

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