Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Sadly, we have an epidemic of anxiety and depression in our current western society, and so the increasing need for self-care has become essential for the wellbeing of everyday people. The number of Google searches related to self-care have almost doubled since 2015 - another indicator to just how desperate we are as a society to ease overwhelming stressors of our western lifestyle.
So what is self-care anyway? Sure, we all have some idea of what it means to look after yourself, but how many of us actually know how to practice it properly, and in a way that shows true self-love?
At The Calming Club, it is our mission to spread the message of taking care of your physical and mental health, that’s why here we are providing everything you need to know as a beginner.
Read on for The Calming Club’s beginners guide to self-care.
What exactly is Self-Care anyway?
Whilst there are a few different definitions, a study published in 2010 by JBI Library of Systematic Reviews classifies self-care as “the set of activities in which one engages throughout life on a daily basis focusing on promoting health, preventing illness, and managing issues that come up.”
In essence, what it means to love yourself, and to care for yourself, is to put into practice certain activities which will ensure you are prepared for the looming threats of life.
Doing so requires that you regularly take moments to check in with your mind, body and spirit to understand what it needs. This means that everybody’s answers will be different, and what works best for you, will most likely be different to what works best for us.
Why is this important?
By empowering yourself with confidence you can take charge of your own health and wellbeing, and implement important practices which ensure the longevity of both your physical and mental health. It encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself which ultimately increases your quality of life.
Having such high spirits allows you to pass on that great feeling to others around you too.
What’s also great about more people understanding their own health is that it reduces impact on the healthcare system.
Types of Self-Care
There are a few different types of self-care that you can implement into your daily life. All three types are equally as important to our overall well being.
~ Emotional Self-Care
Caring for yourself emotionally includes saying “no” to the things that could cause you unnecessary stress, speaking to yourself positively, spending quality time with your friends and family or going for a weekly massage.
~ Physical Self-Care
Physical self-care can include having a daily yoga practice, getting enough sleep at night, choosing nutritious foods rather than highly processed ones.
~ Spiritual Self-Care
Taking care of your spiritual well being could mean taking 20 minutes to meditate every morning, spending time in nature, keeping a gratitude journal or having a consistent religious practice.
It’s best to figure out what works well for yourself and what makes you feel most amazing.
Find out what practices work best for you with our Self-Care Language guide.
How to Start a Self-Care Routine
If you want a self-care routine, we have made it really easy to get started.
At The Calming Club, we follow a specific method called the Self-Care Menu which works really well for us, and we think it will be great for you too!
~ The Self-Care Menu
Here’s how it works;
We’re true believers in making everything in life as enjoyable as possible, so when our founder, Emma, got tired of doing the same activities day-in-day-out, she developed this fun and easy to use method.
Starters; first you choose a starter, which you take from a list of activities that will ease you into the day.
Mains; this is the main event and choosing one of these activities will energise you for the day ahead.
Dessert; and finally you choose your dessert. These are indulgent self-care activities that are short, enjoyable and rewarding.
You can find our Self-Care Menu as part of the Master Your Morning workbook, available to download for free!
We hope that you enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of self-care, and feel inspired to create your own practice that nurtures your mental, physical and spiritual health.
The Calming Club