Self-care can be described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting your well-being and happiness. There are four key areas to practice self-care. Psychological self-care, to me, is to learn, to think, and to grow. This can include our professional and personal development. It is to take care of your mind.
Psychological Self Care Examples
Digital detox is often viewed as eliminating digital devices and focusing on more real-life social interactions without distractions. I would say that it is more of a conscious approach to technology rather than complete elimination.
There are many benefits to reducing screen times, such as less comparison, better work life balance, reduced stress, more productivity, and improved sleep. When you are constantly plugged into technology, you are not living in the present moment.
If you spend 2 hours on your phone daily, you would have spent 730 hours in one year. That adds up to 30 days a year spent just on your phone. On average, Americans spend about 5 hours on their phone daily.
This does not include any other screen time, such as watching shows on a TV or your iPad. I encourage you to check your screen time usage on your phone and do that math.
Technology is such a big part of our life. We can not escape it entirely. Many of our day-to-day tasks can be linked to our phones. Just make sure the time spent on your phone is of purpose and adds value.
Benefits of reading include
- Strengthens our brain, increases vocabulary
- Aids sleep
- Improved memory
- Lowers stress
- Increases knowledge
- Improved focus
- Better concentration
Reading mimics the same benefits as meditation. Doing this literally changes your mind. MRI scans confirm that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading abilities mature, these networks also get more robust and sophisticated. National Institute on Aging recommends reading as a way of keeping your mind engaged as you get older.
Studies have shown that adults who read or solve math problems daily maintain their cognitive functioning.
This is a personal favorite. Decluttering is an excellent way to take more “control” of your life, space, and overall well-being. Research from the University of California revealed that clutter causes high cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone that can cause anxiety and depression.
In a shared environment, clutter affects everyone, no matter whose mess it is. The issue often can be lack of space, so the stuff ends up accumulating on countertops, floors, on top of furniture, etc. Everything you own must have a dedicated “home.” Come up with creative storage solutions. Get rid of multiple items or items never worn or used. It can be an overwhelming process, so start with one area at a time.
Many of us have a very narrow view of therapy. There is a stigma around therapy. We primarily associate that with clinical depression, anxiety, significant transitions, grief, or major crisis.
Although treatment is essential for all that, it can also be helpful for many other reasons. Individual therapy helps inspire change by exploring personal feelings through self-awareness and self-exploration. Treatment not only enables you to understand yourself better but also to better understand other people. It can improve communication, relationships, change negative thinking patterns, and develop coping strategies for managing stress.
Research has shown that verbalizing feelings can have a therapeutic effect on the brain. Get your worries, even the insignificant ones, out in the open. Particularly with someone who is trained to help you manage them.
A good therapist will give you an unbiased perspective and environment without judgment. It will help you gain insight into yourself, so you can make better choices and improve your over all mental well-being.
Try New Things
We can often have limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are simply the assumptions you have about yourself, and you believe them to be the absolute truth. They can have a negative impact on your life and stop us from growing as individuals and from moving forward. This can prevent us from pursuing our goals and desires.
Consider these statements we may make on a daily basis:
- I cannot pursue my dreams. What if I fail and get judged?
- I am not as good as them to be able to do that.
- It is too late to pursue a new career.
- I am not ready.
- I do not have enough time.
This is not even an exhaustive list. Anytime you tell yourself that you cannot do something because you are not good enough, intelligent enough, strong enough. You are blocking your happiness.
Fear of failure is one thing that prevents us from trying new things. Leaving our comfort zone leaves us in a vulnerable position, which can be scary. Trying new things not only helps us to conquer those fears, but it also allows us to expand our minds and learn more about ourselves.
Trying new things builds our confidence, keeps our brain active, opens opportunities, helps us lean into our beliefs, and gives us a sense of accomplishment.
Other Kinds of Self Care
There are four kinds of self care. We explored psychological self care in this article. Click on the links below to learn about the other three keys areas to practice self care.
Emotional Self Care is being aware of your emotions and taking the time to honor and understand those emotions.
Spiritual Self Care is to take care of your spirit and seeking a higher purpose in your life.
Physical Self Care is to physically take care of your body through proper rest, exercise, and nutrition.
Your most important relationship in life is with yourself. Self care is not selfish. It is crucial so we can be the best versions of our happy, radiant selves and transmit those good feelings to people around us as well. Self care is very personal, and no two things will work similarly for everyone. Look for the things that make you feel alive, give you a sense of purpose, and elevate your growth. Live your best life.