We live in a time when mental wellness is becoming increasingly important. But unfortunately, with the constant use of social media and news outlets, our minds are overloaded and highly stimulated with manipulated content, causing anxiety, depression, uncertainty, etc., daily.
Making a conscious decision to live a more meaningful life can help us focus on ourselves and things we can control for our overall well-being and mental wellness.
There are eight types of self-care, and you can feel more balanced when practicing them consistently. However, in this blog, we'll discuss only three that can help improve and support your mental wellness; Spiritual, emotional, and environmental. As you build routines to incorporate these practices into your lifestyle, you can realistically manage your life by practicing these three types of self-care.
Before we get into the specifics, let's go back to the basics:
What is self-care, and why is it important?
Self-care is the time you take to better your overall health, mentally and physically. In addition, practicing self-care can help manage stress, improve your mood, discover passions/purpose, etc., as you're heavily devoted to caring for yourself.
Self-care is essential because you can prioritize your needs and address issues affecting your physical or mental health.
Types of self-care and ways to practice to consider for mental wellness:
1- Spiritual Self-care
Spiritual self-care is a deep, soul, spiritual connection for internal wholeness. When exploring the spiritual aspect of self-care, you're on a quest to find peace within. The goal is to submit or open yourself to a higher power/authority, feeling spiritually connected to a greater force. You are allowing your physical being to be guided by your inner spirit.
Ways to practice spiritual self-care?
You can practice this self-care through meditation, worship, daily devotionals, community projects, prayer, energy cleansing, speaking to the universe (manifestation), etc.
The amount of time you should spend on these activities solely depends on your goals. If you need help determining where to go, a good rule would be to start slow and build once you've started to gain clarity and enjoy the activity results.
By implementing this self-care practice daily at the beginning or end of your day, you will gain clarity and reduce stress.
2- Emotional Self-care and Ways to Practice
Emotional self-care deals with processing your emotions. The benefits of emotional self-care are mood regulation and emotional awareness; it fosters a positive mindset, decreased co-dependency, etc. Practicing this self-care is a great way to be aware of feelings, as they can affect our daily mood, good or bad! Being in control/aware of your emotions can properly help you identify feelings, their triggers, and their impacts on your mental wellness.
Ways to practice emotional self-care?
You can attend therapy sessions, journal, set clear boundaries, eliminate negative relationships, explore traumatic experiences, track emotions, etc.
Journaling your daily emotions and moods can help you identify specific things, instances, or people triggering certain emotions. However, exploring this type of self-care doesn't identify/help with mental illness. Therefore, if you're experiencing harmful thoughts toward yourself or others, seek professional help and request an evaluation.
3- Environmental Self-care and Ways to Practice
Environmental self-care is about creating a safe and productive space where you thrive most. It's all about being in spaces where you feel comfortable and happy!
Energy is real and feeds off what's around us! Unfortunately, energy isn't limited to people; it includes cluttered spaces, dark rooms, negative social media accounts, etc.
Ways to practice environment self-care?
You can start can by lighting aromatherapy candles, decluttering spaces or people, etc. Using your environment to set good energy is a great way to start when focusing on mental wellness.
Establishing routines and good habits is a great way to implement this type of self-care. Being intentional about things/people you let into your space, physically or mentally, daily.
Last thoughts on self-care to improve and support mental wellness
When trying to improve your mental wellness or well-being, start small. The only way to improve is by taking the action steps needed! Join forces with like-minded individuals on the same journey, and cheer each other on! You can find those individuals in social media groups/communities offering support to improve mental wellness with resources showing you aren't alone and better mental wellness is around the corner!
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