Self-care is much more than beauty routines. In fact, incorporating self-care habits into your life can elevate your well-being in a variety of different ways. It can make you happier, more productive, at peace and so much more. That’s why it is super important to know what are the five dimensions of self-care and how to incorporate them into your daily habits.
Get examples and inspiration for each dimension to achieve more productivity, happiness and fulfillment in your day-to-day.
Hi girls, how are you today?
Are you tired of hearing the word self-care yet?
I guess 2020 was a challenging year for all of us in our own ways. Every now and then, I still have ups and downs and a wave of emotions takes over me, which some days are harder to control than others (poor Cris).
Even though this topic has been said and done, it makes me truly happy to see more and more people from every age, gender, and nationality retreating from the hectic work culture and realizing that making time for ourselves is vital towards living a happy and fulfilling life.
Of course. With all of this talk about self-care comes a lot of misconception.
That is why it’s important to take a moment to make sure we actually know what we mean when we say self-care.
Is self-care it taking a bath, getting a massage, and painting your nails? Maybe. However, there is so much more to it than that.
Today, I will tell you all about the five dimensions of self-care, and give you tons of practical ideas that you can start incorporating into your self-care regime.
First, What is Self-Care?
Before we dive into the five dimensions of self-care, let’s get started with a quick and easy definition of this word that has been thrown around so often lately, shall we?
Self-care is defined as activities and practices we engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and enhance our overall well-being be it emotionally physically or spiritually.
I’m going to just pause you for a moment and direct your attention towards the word regular here as it has a bigger importance than you might valor at firsthand.
Self-care are practices we need to schedule into our days often, rather than just once in a while. Ultimately, self-care is about finding something that you can do on a regular basis to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, away from the pressure of your daily endeavors.
Meditating once in blue moon will do very little for your overall ability to focus and control your thoughts from external negativity. In the same way as eating a salad only once a week will not be as impacting as a daily intake of fresh greens, and so on.
Further on, what is equally important to note is that there are a variety of ways in which you can take care of yourself. While certain practices may work for others, you may find some really don’t work for you.
And you know what?
That’s perfectly alright!
I have a friend who recently told me that she has tried many times but she simply cannot understand why people love to meditate. Even after a continual effort to understand it, she said this simply doesn’t feel right for her. On the other hand, she says that nothing puts her mind to ease as much as a morning walk in nature or drinking tea in silence before bed.
As you can imagine, there are endless possibilities for your self-care practices that might work best for you and there is no need to stress if something everyone else is doing is not made for you.
Humans are complex creatures and we are not a one-size-fits-all kind of beings.
One great way to look at it is by splitting it into five different self-care dimensions that make for a well-rounded approach.
The 3 Main Dimensions of Self-Care
In general, there are three different dimensions that people emphasize the most when it comes to self-care:
If you’ve ever tried my morning power hour self-care method, you’ll understand why.
However, know that there are also two ‘bonus’ dimensions: social and emotional.
Incorporating activities from each dimension into your life means you’ll be nourishing every aspect of your life and ultimately getting better at taking care of yourself (probably without even realizing you’re doing it, what I call ‘self-care auto-pilot’ or my own ‘wellness nirvana’).
Let’s dive a little deeper into these different five dimensions of self-care by explaining what they are and how you can benefit from them, as well as giving examples for each dimension so you can begin thinking about which self-care practices you want to incorporate into your life regularly.
Are you ready?
Let’s do this!
What Are the 5 Dimensions of Self-Care
Did you know that the desire to learn new concepts and expand your knowledge contributes positively to your overall well-being?
Mental self-care is about finding the balance between stimulating your mind and giving your mind a break, and this can certainly help with creativity, innovation, and continual learning.
I’m a big advocate for personal growth and most of my friends know that it is not uncommon to find me with a non-fiction book at hands. I love reading ever since I was a kid and many of the tips I give here are from books that I’ve read throughout my life.
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However, equally important, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to switch off and let my brain rest for a while. This could range from laying in bed in the morning or night without a phone or distractions to meditating and even going for a walk.
Examples of Mental Self-Care:
- Reading a book
- Taking a class
- Listening to a podcast
- Learning a new language
The physical dimension of self-care encompasses safety, health, nutrition, movement, physical touch, and sexual needs. When you practice activities for your physical well-being, you can increase your energy levels and ultimately boost your self-esteem.
Examples of Physical Self-Care:
- Trying a new workout
- Taking a warm bath or long mindful shower
- Eating nourishing foods that are good for you
- Dancing around your room
- Allowing yourself to sleep into getting extra sleep
- Laughing out loud
- Cuddling your partner
The spiritual dimension of self-care involves a personal practice that allows you to follow the values and beliefs that give your life purpose and meaning.
Regardless of your religion or personal beliefs, dedicating time to this dimension can help you find more meaning in life, develop a sense of belonging, and find a connection to something greater than oneself.
Even if you’re not religious, it’s still important to make a connection with the spiritual dimension somehow, even if it is by practicing gratitude.
Examples of Spiritual Self-Care:
- Going on a nature walk
- Attending a religious service
- Practicing gratitude
- Practicing yoga
- Volunteering with a local organization
- Trying meditation or another mindfulness practice
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Even though most people associate self-care with themselves, social connection is another important dimension of self-care. However, social connection helps create a sense of belonging and acceptance which, want it or not, we humans need, which allows us to create and share a common bond with others.
I personally struggled with this dimension back in 2020. After being in a complete lockdown here in Barcelona for over 3 months, I started adapting to the hermit lifestyle and I got used to only being alone with my boyfriend more than I’d care to admit.
When I realized it, I was feeling lazy to go out and meet people and social interactions started giving me anxiety. However, soon I started feeling sad and excluded from the world and this only increased my anxiety.
Soon I had to make the decision to get out of my comfort zone and interact with a few friends, even if only for a bit.
Examples of Social Self-Care:
- Going to a workout class
- Walking with friends
- Joining or starting a club (my friends have a weekly whisky club, for example, where we taste whisky and eat cheese, lol)
- Texting friends whom you haven’t spoken in a while
- Sending family members a voice message
- Organizing a dinner for others
PS – A little trick I recently learned and I enjoy practicing is, whenever I think of someone, regardless of who they are, I make the conscious effort to send them a message and tell them I was thinking of them.
This is a great way to interact with people and not let old friendships die.
Try this method out and get ready to feel your soul warm up with love.
Tapping into the emotional self-care dimension helps us understand ourselves more, cope with challenges, and develop and nourish healthy relationships. When we tend to our emotional needs, we cultivate a greater sense of compassion, kindness, and love for ourselves and others around us.
Examples of Emotional Self-Care:
- Writing in a gratitude journal
- Saying positive affirmations
- Diffusing essential oils
- Saying no
- Writing yourself a letter
- Sending yourself flowers
- Connecting with a family member you love
- Seeing a therapist
Putting It Into Practice
Now that you’ve learned all about the five dimensions of self-care, think about how you might start to incorporate them into your regular routine.
Maybe it’s walking with a friend on your lunch break? it could also mean turning off your phone and reading a book before bed instead. Or even trying out some positive affirmations in the morning to get your day started on a happy note.
You could also try incorporating them into the Self-Care Power Hour.
Simply think about what you would find fun or relaxing and make a conscious effort to do more of it regularly.
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