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Self-care 101

It’s official! We’re now accepting that self-care isn’t selfish and is actually a necessity.

As much as self-care is now becoming something we interact with more often, sometimes it can seem inaccessible, expensive or just not what you’re into.

We get it.

During our first workshop, ‘Same Dreams, Fresh Start’ we spoke about discovering your personal self-care style and understanding how self-care looks in different seasons. From the response we got after the workshop, we thought it’d be nice to shed more light on self-care. So if you’ve been thinking about prioritizing self-care but have no idea what to do or where to start, this article is for you.

So what is self-care?

Simply put, self-care is all about the regular activities we participate in to enhance our well-being, increase happiness, reduce stress and meet our needs. Of course what you do to reduce stress might not work for your brother or your friend, and that’s the beauty of self-care.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation and is super versatile and personal so you make the rules! A few things to note though: self-care is not selfish, doesn’t have to be expensive and can sometimes involve hard things like setting boundaries, saying no, being disciplined & staying accountable.

When it comes to practicing self-care, it’s important to understand what works for you. That way you’re taking care of yourself in the ways that mean the most to you & actually have an impact on you.

One way to find what you need is to look at self-care as a house with 9 pillars (mental, emotional, financial, social, recreational, environmental, spiritual, professional & physical). Each of these 9 pillars needs care and maintenance but not necessarily simultaneously; when they’re all regularly maintained, you get a strong, well-balanced house.

Here are some examples of self-care activities:

  • Journaling

  • Going for therapy

  • Organizing your space

  • Engaging in a hobby

  • Travel

  • Taking a social media break

  • Being grateful

  • Working out

  • Affirming yourself

  • Having an accountability partner

  • Meditation

  • Having a date night

  • Setting intentions

  • Taking a walk

Categorizing self-care activities is up to you.

Maybe for you meditating is a spiritual self-care activity. Meanwhile, for your cousin, it’s a mental self-care activity, or taking a walk is a good way for you to have a mental dump while for someone else, it’s a good way to move their bodies.

What matters is that you’re taking time regularly to take care of your mind, body and soul.

We hope this article helped, and as always, remember to take better care of yourself with Natrella.

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