I feel like self-care has become such an ‘it’ word lately, and unfortunately, as a result, many people view it as a passing fad or a luxury. ut 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 six categories of self-care; physical, emotional, personal, social, 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 healthy 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 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 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 is required to do, for example, finances, chores, work, etc.
The thing about go-getters is that they often put themselves on the back burner to ensure that everything else gets done. But the problem with that is you are setting yourself up for burnout if you do 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. 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.
While self-care is important for everyone, I would argue that it is especially important for those go-getter women because they tend to focus on everything, but themselves. They tend to prioritize their goals and aspirations over their own health and wellbeing, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to just make time for yourself, especially when you feel like you don’t have time.
I find, with female go-getters especially, there is the added difficulty in that they are always taking care of everyone but themselves, so it is even more critical that they practice self-care. Now I am by no means telling you that you have to practice each one of the five types of self-care every day. I mean, let’s be honest, most go-getters struggle with even small self-care tasks. So start out with just taking five minutes a day to yourself to do something for you. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just giving yourself a much-needed break, and make you a priority for a change. It will do you wonders.