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Easy Self Care Basics That Help You Practice Self Care Everyday (Even If You Have No Time To Spare!)

Self care is everywhere! 

You turn on the tv and see commercials promoting it. You go on social media and see beautiful women being pampered. You turn to your friends and they start complaining about how they need to practice more self care. 

And you get how self care can help you because it sound amazing in theory. Who wouldn’t want time to pamper themselves and do things that they love each and every day. 

But, let’s be honest you have a crazy busy life as it is.

You have work, school, have to take care of your kids, hang out with family and friends. Plus your daily duties that include cooking and cleaning which means you are  pretty much maxed out. 

You do not need another single thing to add to your to do list!

But what if you could practice self care and take care of all your needs without adding to your to do list but by taking some things away.

What if you learned how to take care of you, your needs, and your wants every day by learning self care basics!

By learning self care basics, self care will be more practical, less time consuming, less expensive, and overall just simple.

Are you ready?

Because I surely am! I swear if another kid busts in on me when I’m pretending to use the bathroom when I am actually trying to get some me time, I am going to lose it!

Nobody wants that, so…let’s get started.

Woman practicing self care basics by drinking water

What Are Self Care Basics?

Wouldn’t you love to be happier and feel more fulfilled (I’m not exactly sure what the experts mean by that but it sounds amazing!)

What you need to know is the self care basics so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and feel like you are adding another thing to your to-do list. Feel me?

Glad you do because Hunny I know if self care is something that feels like a task on your already busy plate, then you will not be participating.

Which sounds crazy when the self care you see all over social media involves lavish baths, facials, shopping sprees, vacations?

But, that’s not what self care is all about and the best way to get started is to find out what the self care basics really are. 

The definition of basic self care is anything you do deliberately to take care of you mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

Self care is something that helps you to move forward in life. It does not distract you. 

Self care helps you to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, have a better relationship with yourself and so much more. 

Which makes total sense since there are 9 different categories of self care.

This leads me to the next thing I would like to discuss. 

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What Are The Four Categories Of Self Care?

Whew! 

Are you still with me?

Great!

Now before you think that I made a mistake because the title says four, when I mentioned, there are 9 different types of self care, I didn’t. 

Most people when they practice self care only look at the four categories instead of all 9 which can make practicing self care harder.

From experience, I learn the further you break something down and take it one step at a time, the easier it is to get to the big goal. Which the goal here is to be able to practice self care without feeling like it’s another task. 

The four categories that most people focus on are:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Spiritual..

But, because you are learning about self care basics so that you can practice self care in a way that doesn’t stress you the freakout, I’ll break self care down even further into 9 categories.

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Spiritual
  • Financial 
  • Personal
  • Professional
  • Social
  • Environmental

As you can see these 9 categories pretty much cover every aspect of your life so that you way you are able to take care of all you needs when you practice self care basics the right way.

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How to Practice Self Care basics

With each type of self care, there are self care activities that you could practice. And before you jump out of your skin and think, how am I supposed to practice 9 things a day, calm down. 

Practicing self care isn’t about doing 9 things every day. It’s more about following the S.I.T method or what I call the SIT Method.

To sum it up, because I have a whole course that teaches this method here, the SIT method is all about.

   1. Step Back

   2. Identify Your Triggers

   3. Type of Self Care

Yes, I know that doesn’t make much sense so I’ll break it down even further with an example.

One day I came home from work and was exhausted! 

I walked in the door to see clothes and toys everywhere!

Plus, no meat had been taken out of the freezer so you know I was heated!

Especially when I saw my husband and kids sitting on the couch watching tv like nothing was wrong. 

Oh girl this set me off even more!

Here I was coming home to a pigsty and feeling like I was Molly the Maid because I was expected to cook, clean up, help with homework, and listen to their problems. 

I didn’t say hi or anything. I slammed the door, and I immediately got to work. 

All I could think about was how tired I was from work. I couldn’t wait for bedtime so I could get some sleep and try and forget about today.

I started mumbling stuff under my breath and felt my stress levels rising when, I realized I needed to S, Step Back.

I stepped back and went through the questions to figure out what emotion I was feeling. Once I figured out that emotion, it was scared believe it or not. I had to identify what triggered me to feel scared. 

Turns out, I was scared because I felt like I was in jeopardy of losing my job because of an error I made and needed to fix right away. 

That left me with T, type of self care. When I identified my trigger and noticed it dealt with work, that meant I needed to align it with professional self care and practice a self care activity that correlates with it.

Professional self care activities like setting work boundaries, eating a nourishing lunch, or the one that applied to this specific situation, asking for help.

I made up my mind to stop stressing about what happened and ask for help to fix my error first thing in the morning. 

Stepping back and figuring out my emotion, identifying my trigger, and aligning the correct type of self care to my trigger, instantly allowed me to relax.

I realized that I started to take my emotions out on my family because I felt like those things, cooking and cleaning, I could control. 

While what was truly affecting my mood, my work situation, I couldn’t control.

But, when I applied the SIT method and self care basics, I came up with a plan that allowed me to move forward in life.

This leads me to my next point.

I am going to break down the 9 different types of self care into their self care basic examples.

This way you can easily practice self care without feeling like you are taking on extra tasks. 

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9 Self Care Basics Examples

Okay, girl stretch it out!  Jump up and down, because we are going there today! Getting down to the nitty-gritty as my grandma, my Big-G, used to say. 

Since you know there are 9 different types of self care I am going to break it down into the 9 self care basics that you should be practicing. 

Shh…The great thing is you are more than likely practicing a lot of them already!

Let’s get started!

Emotional Self Care

So emotional self care is all about identifying what emotion you are feeling, and moving forward in a way that identifies with those emotions. 

Some self care basics for practicing emotional self care are forgiveness and gratitude. 

Physical

Physical self care involves the body. It is anything that improves your physical health such as diet and exercise.

Some self care basics for physical self care are sleep, nutrition, making sure you see a doctor.

Psychological

Yes, I get it, when you read about emotional self care, you probably wondering if there is a difference between emotional and psychological self care and, there is.

Psychological self care is all about learning new things and applying those concepts to your life. 

Some psychological self care basics are saying no, reading a book, practicing being mindful.

Spiritual

If you ever feel like something is missing in your life or that you are meant for something more than you may want to practice spiritual self care.

Spiritual self care helps you so connect with a higher power and purpose for your life. 

Some self care basics for spiritual self care are walking in nature, meditation, yoga. 

Financial.

As you can see, self care covers every facet of your life so you shouldn’t be surprised that your finances are included. 

Financial self care is all about having a great money mindset and being responsible with your money. 

Some financial self care basics are money management, paying your bills on time, and saving for retirement. 

Personal

Personal self care is definitely personal. It is all about having a hobby, practicing self-love, and knowing your true self. 

Professional

Being a mom and going to work causes a lot of stress!

Which is why practicing professional self care helps you to have a healthy work-life balance so you can reduce the stress that deals with your career. 

Some self care basics for professional self care are setting work boundaries, taking breaks, and eating a nourishing lunch. 

Social

Social self care is all about relationships. It is all about having a group of friends, spouse, and family that is nurturing. 

As well as being able to have people you can trust and turn to when you need it most. 

Some self care basics for social self care are asking for help, honoring your commitments, and creating new bonds.

Environmental 

Who knew that keeping up on laundry and making sure you don’t spend too much time on Instagram was a type of self care, right? Yup! 

Environmental involves respecting nature and the environment as well as your personal spaces.

Some environmental self care basics are minimizing waste, decluttering your home, and minimizing technology time so you can connect with nature.

You can see that each type of self care has different self care basics that you are probably practicing already. (I bet you had no clue that it was self care though.) 

Woman practicing self care basics

The Last Thing You Need To Know About Self Care Basics

See girl, learning about the self care basics was not a waste of time because it makes self care easy and practical for a busy mom like you and me. 

Now that you know some of the things you are doing are self care, give yourself a pat on the back because you are doing the dang thing.

Overall, learning the self care basics are important so that you have the proper foundation when it comes to practicing self care and taking care of you so that you live the life you worked so hard for.

If you would like to have more insight on the self care basics and dive a bit deeper, you can get our FREE 15 Minute Self care guide that is full of self care games, DIY facials, planners, self care assessments, and so much more by signing up below.

Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,

Ree

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Psst...Sorry To Interrupt

But would you like to know how to practice self care in 15 minutes or less?