Treat Yo' Self (Care)

Self-care is as important as breathing.
Treat Yo' Self (Care)

Caring for the Whole You

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and work and forget about taking care of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The pressure of juggling work, a social life, managing a house, nurturing relationships, and taking care of kids can add up quickly. Our bodies, our minds, and our emotions can only take so much before they are no longer efficiently processing all the information being thrown at them. If we don’t take a break, our body will do it for us in the form of a breakdown. In order to continue handling the stress of every day life and maintain overall happiness, it’s important to make a consistent commitment to self-care and expand your routine of caring for yourself to nourish and rejuvenate your whole being.

Self-care is an activity that nurtures and refuels you at a deep level. It helps us find balance and happiness even in the storms of life. There are many areas in our lives we can practice becoming aware of our needs:

  • Physical Body
  • Emotional & Mental State
  • Spirituality
  • Relationship to Self
  • Friendships

In each of these areas are different types of self-care that can help re-energize and re-focus the heart, mind, body, & spirit. Here are examples of self-care in each area:

Physical Body

  • Candle-lit bath
  • Gym-time
  • Healthy diet
  • Mani-pedis
  • Massages
  • Nature walks
  • Quality sleep
  • Regular checkups

Emotional & Mental State

  • Daily routines
  • Creative outlets
  • Laughing & crying
  • Loving & hugging
  • Music
  • Nature walks
  • Participating in a hobby
  • Reading
  • Traveling


  • Gratitude
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Prayer
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga

Relationship to Self

  • Alone time
  • Journaling
  • Personality tests (i.e. Enneagram, MBTI)
  • Positive self-talk
  • Traveling
  • Setting goals
  • Setting healthy limits

Friendships & Relationships

  • Being honest with others
  • Dating
  • Deep conversations
  • Hobbies
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Time with friends & family

Discovering Your Needs

As you are thinking about your own life, you may notice you are lacking in some areas. Maybe your social life is filled, but you rarely take time for yourself. Or maybe you regularly workout at the gym, but you rarely sit down to pray. It's good to think about each area as it relates to you, so you can bring to light your body's needs and where it is starving for more attention. Finding your own balance and flow helps you to live an altogether healthier life.

Consider your heart, mind, body, and spirit. Which areas need more attention? Which areas do you feel are balanced? Choose one area to focus on and write out 5 self-care activities that might work for you.

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