8 Areas of Self-Care

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:

  • 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 talk therapist can help you find which areas of self-care you can benefit from. Click here to get started.