Have you ever done an inventory on your self-care items? We go through our fridge, our closets, and even our bath products, but what about all the things that we are holding onto inside? It’s harder to let go of these items because we can’t see them, but identifying the tools we have will help us understand how we are supporting our needs and improving our well-being.
The WHO definition of self-care is “what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure, etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.”
I love this definition of self-care because it's empowering to know that you can be responsible for your own well-being. My personal definition of self-care is taking care of yourself by ensuring that whatever you’re doing will serve you a purpose. This is done with intention, as a means to fulfill whatever you need. Self-care can help you destress, rejuvenate your energy, fuel your body, and offer you self-love and self-compassion. Once established, your self-care tool kit can meet the diversity of your needs and emotions. These practices and tools can range from emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, and social.
So as you do an inventory of your self-care toolkit, use these quick 5 questions as a checklist to ensure you’re fulfilling your whole self:
Am I managing my unhelpful thoughts?
Am I being kind to myself?
Am I practicing gratitude?
Am I managing my emotions?
Am I moving my body?
If you’re looking for more self-care tools for your kit, then utilize this amazing self-care wheel by Olga Phoenix. This wheel will help you explore your self-care regimen and find new ways to take care of your whole self. Your self-care is essential to your wellness, so listen to your needs and find what will work best for you.