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Personal self-care matters, because if you do not take care of yourself enough, you will deteriorate to the point of compromising your health and your life´s quality.

However, despite knowing how crucial this is, it is an area easily neglected by many people in which constantly the time invested in it is not enough or you only pay attention to some aspects leaving abandoned the others.

The idea is to propose you 9 wonderful ideas for your self-care day so that you can design an effective personal self-care routine tailored to your needs.

But first we need to see what this concept means and how valuable it is when you apply it in your life.

What is Self-Care?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) it has to do with the ability of a person, to focus on the care and maintenance of his/her health, the prevention of diseases and the care of the latter. These actions in favor of health care are carried out deliberately and on their own initiative.

It is any group of actions that you carry out in favor of your integral health and well-being, but you do it conscientiously, as an innate quality. The main objective of all this goes beyond guaranteeing your survival and becomes a continuous search to improve your quality of life. It is an act of self-love.

A key question that you can ask yourself every day that connects with this topic and that can become an exercise in self-awareness is, «What do I need at this moment to feel good? » in terms of health and well-being.

The honest answer that you give yourself will be your compass to indicate what you should do as a priority for your personal self-care plan. What works for you will not necessarily be a formula that will serve everyone else since taking care of yourself is partly subjective and situational, as we will see later.

Many times you are waiting for other people to be aware of your needs and attend to them. Practicing self-care begins by becoming aware that you are responsible, unless you have a physical or mental impediment that leads you to depend on others, on your own well-being and that you can extend it to those close to you such as your family.

Although it is associated more with taking care of the physical part, there are different types of self-care.

Types of Self-Care

Although there are several classifications, basically self-care is aligned with the human dimensions or 4 bodies, that are, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and usually the social part is added because human reality is interdependent and in the interaction with others there are also ways to improve your well-being.

These forms or types of self-care are interconnected. In many cases, they depend on each other, so a keyword is balance. Like a standard car that has 4 tires to ride and if one or more are low or flat it affects its ability to continue rolling and traveling.

In this same way, you should make sure that you are paying time and attention to all these ways to take care of yourself.

Physical self-care

It is one of the most obvious and basic. You live in a body that lacks spare parts, it is your temple, your primary home.

It includes all the activities and healthy habits that help you relax, that promote physical activities, that provide you with energy such as proper rest and an excellent and balanced diet.

Self-assessment questions – how is my diet currently?; am I sleeping enough?; do I have a regular routine of physical exercises, or I live a sedentary life?; do I proactively monitor or take care of my general health or only react when something happens to me?

You can track these commitments by keeping a journal for this purpose.

Emotional self-care

Unlike the physical part, which demands some attention, the emotional part is one that many overlook.

This dimension requires you to make a conscious choice to provide the self-care necessary to avoid collapse when you allow many discomforts to accumulate without paying attention to them.

It requires that you commit to your emotions, you manage them, but first for this you must elevate your self-awareness.

It implies that you stop driving on automatic pilot and take a closer look at why I reacted like this to this event or experience; what is here that bothers me so much or upsets me; what happened today that makes me feel so euphoric or happy, etc.

The emotions you experience indicate something to you, but you must turn on your fine tune to discover what they want to communicate to you, instead of ignoring them and following your routine as usual.

Self-assessment questions – do you consider that you have healthy practices to manage your emotions or do you allow yourself to be carried away by them?; do you react on automatic pilot or sometimes in ways that you feel were exaggerated?; do you frequently experience stress, have trouble relaxing, or are very anxious?; do you do something that helps you recharge emotionally?