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I feel like self care has become such an it word lately, and unfortunately as a result many people view it as simply a fad or a luxury, but that is so not the case. Self-care is vital for everyone, but especially for those go-getters who are always running around. But you may be wondering what exactly is self-care after all. Self-care is simply something that you do for yourself to help yourself function better, essentially something you do to take care of yourself. Traditionally there are five categories of self-care; physical, emotional, personal, spiritual, and practical self care. Physical self-care refers to your basic physical needs like showering, eating, or sleeping; essentially things that make your body feel good. In contrast emotional self-care refers to how you process emotions in a health way; for example do you have a high emotional iq with the ability to feel your emotions and develop good coping mechanisms. Personal self-care involves any activity that you do to get to know yourself better for example trying new things, spending time alone, or establishing goals. Unlike personal self-care, social self-care revolves around establishing social interactions, creating boundaries, and working on your relationships with other people. The fourth category of self-care is spiritual self-care. These activities include things like meditation or even going to church. The last or fifth category of self-care is the one most often forgotten, probably because it is the least glamorous and luxurious of the five, and that is practical self-care. Practical self-care refers to the things that one if required to do, for example finances, chores, work, etc.
The thing about go-getters is that they often put themselves on the backburner to ensure that everything else gets done, but the problem with that is you are setting yourself up for not only burnout, but to not take care of yourself. And let’s face it you have to take care of yourself; it is crucial to our survival. One of the number one things that I always recommend to go-getters or those that may struggle with self-care and taking care of themselves, or making themselves a priority is to start small. You don’t have to dive head first into the deep end of the self-care pool; so to speak, you can start out with smaller more realistic and deliberate actions. Additionally I tend to find that go-getters are more practical and analytical in nature when it comes to tasks, so I recommend that they remind themselves that self-care doesn’t have to always be pampering or something like a hot bath, but rather it can be practical too….