Types of self-care and how to incorporate them into your life

Categories of self-care and what you can do for yourself:


  • SleepAre you getting enough? Try going to bed 1/2 to 1 hour earlier than you normally do!
  • StretchingGentle stretches will do!
  • Walkingone of the best exercises, it can be done for free almost everywhere! Great for the digestion, the lymphatic system and for our mental health!
  • Physical releaseA more intense physical workout not only releases stress it creates those wonderful endorphins!
  • Healthy foodlosing weight, and maintaining or obtaining good health require us to eat healthy, nourishing food! Number one priority? To eat healthily!!
  • Yoga
  • Restrelaxing is a good thing!


  • Stress management
  • Emotional maturity
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion – to ourselves: practice suspending judgment of yourself!
  • Kindness


  • Boundaries – when these get eroded or disappear, our mental and physical health suffes! Time to put them back!
  • Support systems
  • Positive social media
  • Communication
  • Time together -spending some quality time with friends is very important to our mental and physical health!
  • Ask for Help


  • Time alone – this is a necessity for me!
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Connection
  • Nature – my connection to peace and sanity!
  • Journaling
  • Sacred space


  • Hobbies
  • Knowing yourself
  • Personal identity
  • Honoring your true selfoh, this is a big one! Start doing this and see how much starts to fit into place!


  • Safety
  • Healthy living environment
  • Security and stability
  • Organized space this may not sound important, but our environment really does affect our mental health!


  • Saving
  • Budgeting – create a budget for paying bills, managing spending and to start saving! With time, even the lowest credit scores can be raised, giving you more opportunities and reducing costs!
  • Money Management
  • Splurging
  • Paying bills


  • Time management
  • Work boundaries
  • Positive workspace – Yes! Very important!
  • More learning
  • Break time

Unless we’re Mary Poppins and “practically perfect in every way”, we all have areas which we’ve developed more than others.

With the difficult times we’re all experiencing, this is an excellent time to look at each area and ask the following questions:

  1. What are the things I feel I have mastered? – These become our accomplishments we praise ourselves for and remind ourselves of when we’re feeling down.
  2. What are the things I do occasionally but would like to develop more?
  3. What are things I rarely or never do, but would like to make more space in my life for?

Once you have written down the answers to #2 and #3, look at them with the new vision this time has given you, and make a new list with the highest priority items at the top, and so on down the list.

Instead of feeling overwhelmed at this point, take an inner look at why it hasn’t been developed (no name calling to yourself!) and see what the barrier was. Lack of skills? You can take a class! You’re re-prioritizing now? Wonderful! That’s growth!

This may sound strange, but create a new schedule, where you add in one or more of the items on your new list of priorities, making sure not to neglect the other things in life which still matter! Making time in our schedule is the best way to get started!

Let this time become a time of growth and renewal in your life!

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6 thoughts on “Types of self-care and how to incorporate them into your life

  1. Aloha e Tamara, I love this! I ‘d like to use it with my students and have them “fill in the blanks” below the picture/words as to what they do for their own self care. Would you allow me to use the image and remove the words (with proper credit?) Mahalo (thank you)!

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    1. Hello Angela, yes, please feel free to use the image. I didn’t create it, I found it on Facebook and I didn’t see any credit. If any of my words (in this post or another), can be helpful for your students, please share! It is my pleasure to help people to learn how to take care of our physical and mental health. Have a wonderful day!


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