When I initially thought about self-care, my mind went straight to taking a long bath, treating myself to a spa day, and eating my favorite comfort food. Yes of course these are really great suggestions for self-care! But… I soon discovered there can be more to self-care than what originally came to my mind. We need to attend to all facets of self-care activities, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and professional self-care needs! These are the assessments I found helpful and that guided the questions below:
Addressing our physical self-care, ask yourself:
Am I taking care of personal hygiene? Am I getting enough sleep?
Am I going to the doctor when sick and allowing myself to rest when sick?
Am I wearing clothes that make me feel good? Am I eating a balanced diet?
Addressing our emotional self-care, ask yourself:
Am I taking time off from work, school, and other obligations?
Am I getting away from distractions (phone, email, social media)?
Am I trying to express my feelings in a healthy way?
Am I making time for reflection?
Addressing our social self-care, ask yourself:
Am I spending time with people who I like?
Am I having stimulating conversations?
Am I making time to spend time with my romantic partner?
Am I doing enjoyable activities with other people?
Addressing our spiritual self-care, ask yourself:
Am I taking time to recognize the things that give meaning to my life?
Am I acting in accordance with my morals and values?
Am I participating in a cause that is important to me?
Am I allowing time to spend in nature, to pray, or to meditate?
Addressing our professional self-care, ask yourself:
Am I saying “no” to excessive new responsibilities?
Am I taking on projects that are interesting or rewarding?
Am I maintaining a balance between my professional and personal life?
Am I keeping a comfortable workspace that allows me to be successful?