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Self-care is a critical part of handling your mental health. Using self-care as a coping mechanism can help you recognize patterns in your mental health. There are many types of self-care, and they are all critical. One thing that's major about self-care is to work on it daily. If you take care of yourself once a week, it won't be as effective. It shouldn't feel like a chore. It should feel calm, like a reward. 

Physical Care

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The first type of self-care we will discuss is physical. Physical self-care is vital to maintaining a healthy relationship with your body. Physical self-care includes working out, yoga, sleeping, and nutritional care. When your mental health is bad, sometimes the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and work out. 

As much a struggle as it may be to get out of bed and do anything physical, it's vital for your mental health. A different form of physical self-care is sleeping. Oversleeping can be bad for your mental health. On the other hand, not sleeping enough can also negatively affect your mental health. You have to find a balance. Creating and sticking to a good sleeping routine will help you find that balance. Managing your sleep schedule is very important. 

An excellent nutritional health routine is also beneficial to mental health. You don't always have to diet to have a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes just eating healthy without restricting or counting calories will work. Eat more nutritious, and you will feel better guaranteed.  

Emotional Care

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An often overlooked self-care factor is your emotional care. Emotional care can include using coping skills, therapy, and journaling. Finding coping skills for anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues is essential and can increase your understanding of your emotions. 

Admitting that you need therapy is a giant step in getting better. Having a therapist can help you a lot. Your therapist can give you coping mechanisms and other ways to handle your feelings and mental health.

Getting to the root of the problem is more accessible with a therapist helping you. 

A fantastic way to regulate your emotions is to write them down. There are many different ways to journal, and each method is helpful. Bullet journaling is one often used form that you may want to look into to get started journaling. It is easy and can be fun. There are many types of journals. Just find one you resonate with and get going. Your future self will thank you.

Social Care

Social self-care can include friends and setting boundaries. Talking or hanging out with friends can be therapeutic for some people. You don't always have to talk about your feelings with your friends for it to be helpful. Often just enjoying their company and having fun will do the trick. 

Setting boundaries is crucial for relationships with others. Setting physical and emotional boundaries is healthy. For example, if hugs or excessive physical touch make you uncomfortable, you should be clear with your friends that it makes you feel uncomfortable. 

If talking about your feelings or trauma makes you uncomfortable, you should also set those boundaries with your friends. It's essential that the people who care about you know what you want and don't want to do or talk about. 

Along with setting boundaries, social self-care includes making friends and communicating with others. Joining groups, clubs, or taking a class can also be helpful for your mental health. In addition, making sure you're not in the house and alone most of your time can make you feel better and happier, even if you don't necessarily feel lonely. 

Spiritual Care

Spiritual self-care can be the most crucial type of self-care for some people. However, it can also be unhelpful to others. It depends on how spiritually connected you are to certain things, people, or religions. Note: Spiritual does not mean religious. There are different forms of spiritualism and other faiths. Find out what suits you the best and go with it. 

Spiritual self-care can include spending time in nature, meditation, or prayer. Spiritual self-care focuses on the mind and soul. It provides mental clarity for those who are interested in it. When working on physical self-care, it's essential to think positively and only have positive intentions. Meditation and tarot practices can be helpful in self-care even if you have no certain spiritual beliefs.

Personal Care

Personal self-care can be one of the most helpful types of self-care. Personal self-care can include spending time on hobbies, being creative, and setting goals. Unfortunately, you get busy and lose touch with hobbies and activities you enjoy. A way to deter recurring negative mental health issues is to stay in touch with those hobbies that bring you joy.

Picking up an old hobby or starting up a new one can get your creative thoughts flowing. Creativity has a positive effect of 

increasing dopamine levels. These make you feel happy and satisfied. 

Setting goals for yourself can help you visualize a more positive outlook on life. Making goals and accomplishing them can increase your self-esteem, which is vital for your mental health. Sometimes everyone just needs to do things they love. People don't realize how crucial personal self-care is regarding mental health.

We have to include bathing and brushing your teeth here. Sometimes we get depressed or have another mental health issue that causes us to neglect our basic cleanliness needs. It is ok; you are not the only one who can change. Set alarms on your phone, tablet, and computer to know when it is time to complete a particular task. Unfortunately, this self-care type leads to the last one on our list.

Practical Care

Practical self-care is vital to prevent yourself from dealing with future real-life stressful situations. Practical self-care includes completing tasks that complete essential/core aspects of your life. This type of self-care can consist of organizing your home, creating a budget, cleaning out friend's lists on social media, creating a routine, or creating a schedule. Practical self-care can help you avoid highly stressful situations. 

Take a moment to write down your goals. Then, figure out how to make a routine that will help you accomplish your goals. Finally, create a schedule to help you stick to that routine. Now you have a plan to keep you moving in the right direction and help deter you from falling into old habits and patterns that were bad for your self-care goals.

Self-Care is Important for Everyone

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Many people don't know that there are multiple types of self-care, which can make people not want to participate in self-care activities. However, self-care is crucial no matter where you're at in your life and how you feel. Everybody of all ages and all places in life should use self-care in their daily life. 

Self-care can prevent further mental health issues and can overall provide mental clarity. It can be challenging to do self-care activities, especially if you lack the motivation and/or time to do so, but it's imperative. Self-care is clinically proven to reduce anxiety and depression and improve concentration and mental clarity. 

It can even improve energy and minimize anger and emotional outbursts/breakdowns. Self-care helps you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and your mind. Self-care always promotes positive, beneficial outcomes. There are many benefits of self-care, and I hope this article has given you the tools to help you move forward and create new habits that will benefit you now and in the future. Let me know how this has helped you and what would you like to see next?

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