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The 5 Dimensions of Self-Care

The 5 Dimensions of Self-Care

It’s everywhere! Recently it seems like every brand, influencer, and blog that I look up to are talking about the importance of self-care routines. I even talked about it before on this journal: “self-care is something you should be able to do on a regular basis, in order to feel relaxed and happy with yourself”, no matter what it is.

Picture credit: Delaney Poli and Caitlyn Poli.

There are infinite ways to practice self-care on a regular basis and from a starting point, this might feel ironically overwhelming. So, I did a little research and apparently, we can simplify things by splitting self-care into five different dimensions. The goal: to completely nourish every aspect of your life.

1. Physical

This not only involves physical activities but your sleeping habits as well. In general, it’s about nutrition, movement, safety, sexuality, and hygiene. Of course, if you make it a routine to exercise or move daily, you will increase your energy levels and in addition, your self-esteem will get a boost.

2. Intellectual

This kind of self-care involves personal growth. Stimulate your mind by continuously pursuing new knowledge. Practice mindfulness and switch to a more positive mindset. Want a personal advice from a non-expert? Disconnect from your phone. I could enlist all the benefits you’ll get from doing so, but it would be too long, and I rather leave it for another time.

5.  Social

Do you have a supportive network of people? From the Maslow pyramid of needs, social acceptance and sense of belonging are one of the most important things for human beings. Create lasting connections with people. Take care of those friends that really matter, not the ones on Facebook, real friends.

4.  Spiritual

This one might be a little trickier but think about it like the beliefs and values that guide your day to day life and your future. If you are not sure about this I highly recommend exploring it. This dimension is important because it helps you find value and purpose in life.

5. Emotional

All I can say about emotional self-care is awareness. Try to explore how you feel and understand the reasons behind it. But most importantly: practice self-love. If you learn to love and care for yourself, you will be able to love and care for others around you.

Now what? Review the 5 dimensions and do an honest self-evaluation. Which of them needs more attention? Which one do you have completely mastered? How do they all apply to YOU? Remember, we are all different and so…it is different things that will work for us.

Special thanks to The Gottman Institute for explaining the five dimensions so well.

´till next week,