Self Care Checklist for Your Mind, Body & Soul
It’s International Self Care Day, and in this fast-paced, multi-tasking society, you can easily lose yourself in the shuffle. Work, family and environmental stresses can take a toll on your overall health increasing premature aging and the risk of chronic disease. It’s time to put you first.
Self care and well-being is multifaceted, and here at Vitarock we whole-heartedly believe that it’s important to zero in on all aspects of your health whenever you can. Here’s our Self Care Checklist for a healthier mind, body and soul.
Mental Self Care
Your emotional well-being is directly connected to your physical well-being. According to research from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, good emotional health can protect you against the physical declines of old age. The more emotionally aware you are, the more you are in control of your thoughts and the lower your risk for health conditions such as anxiety, hypertension and obesity. Emotional health allows you to function well in society despite life’s ups and downs.
Physical Self Care
Physical well-being is not simply the absence of disease, but it is the intentional actions you take to support your health in order to prevent and delay the onset of chronic illness. This translates into eating a well-balanced diet and staying active. It also includes seeking regular check-ups with your health care provider and taking supplements and medications as required.
Spiritual Self Care
Spiritual self care doesn’t necessarily equate to religion, though it can. Spirituality represents your core values which may include your religious faith as well as the capacity for forgiveness and love. This can be cultivated by spending quiet time in contemplation; through meditation, yoga and by going to church or temple. Create a spiritual self care space in your home or room where you can ponder the meaning of life and explore your true purpose. Good spiritual health fosters hope and personal resiliency.
To find pleasure means to seek happiness from the simple things in life and experiencing moments in life that bring you joy. This increases the release of endorphins from the brain - the ‘feel-good’ chemicals that reduce pain and bring about feelings of euphoria. It can be as simple as giving a loved one a hug, self-massage or visiting a massage therapist. There are pleasure fibers covering your skin that connect directly to the brain, therefore touch is an easy way to bring about more pleasure in your life.
A good dose of regular pampering can reduce stress, help you to relax and bring about emotional well-being. What are the activities that help you relax? Is it taking a bubble bath, listening to music or doing your nails? Whatever it is, remember that it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.