When you hear self-care the first thing that comes to your mind is probably, long shower? Spa day? Manicure? Etc… You name it. But the truth is self-care is far more than that while having a spa day or showering is actually self-care but it’s not the whole equation. emotional self-care on the other hand is far more important because when we nurture our own needs through self-care, the more presence and support we can be for other people.
This is Day 5 of 5 days self-improvement challenge.
Today is all about emotional self care.
So what is emotional self-care (definition)?
Emotional self-care is the ability to recognize your emotions, feelings, and needs, it’s the ability to identify when you are burnout or stressed. Emotional self-care is to be mindful and to figure out when to let go.
Here are 10 simple ways to practice emotional self-care
1- Protect Your Energy
Our emotions are energy in motions; they change almost instantly but they are affected by 3 main categories.
Your goal after identifying what’s bothering you is to be able to change your mindset about the situation.
So if you got triggered by a certain thought, replace it with a positive or response. By doing so you will be able to protect yourself emotionally from yourself.
2- Stay In The Present Moment
Stay focused on what is more important to you instead of feeling your emotions over and over by over-thinking. Learn to let go of negative emotions is essential when you are trying to practice emotional self-care.
3- Learn To Say No
If you are a people pleaser, please stop. Your goal is to care for yourself, so you can nurture those around you.
Say no to things that are no longer serving you. Think about how you feel about something when somebody asks you for a favor? Do you feel comfortable doing that? Do you need more time to think about it? Just take time before you go with your initial response YES.
4- Say Yes To Yourself
Self-care is not selfish, that is being said but sometimes you just got to create a space for yourself to do more and experience more.
Say yes to the things that you know will bring you joy. If you decided to take the day off and do nothing, then, by all means, do it.
5- Practice Meditation
Meditation can help you stay focused and get connected with yourself.
It will also help you to identify your emotions and watching them without judging.
There are so many ways to practice meditation. If you want to get started with the basics but you feel skeptical about it, then this book is for you.
Gratitude helps you to appreciate yourself on a deeper level when things get rough.
The best way to practice gratitude is by journaling.
Check out some of my favorite journaling notebooks here.
Another way to practice gratitude is to make a gratitude jar, each day write down something you are grateful for and leave it inside the jar. When hard moments come by it’s time to take the jar out.
7- Call On Others
One of the best ways to emotional self-care is to ask for support from others, whether that’s a mentor or a coach but it’s okay if you can’t afford it right now.
The self-care mini bundle has got all the support you need from the comfort of your home.
8- Stop Over Explaining
Have you ever had a situation where you wish that you did something else? Or respond differently? We all have been there, but what you don’t realize is that when you try to explain what happened to your friends or family you tend to over-explain which in return is not good for your mental health or emotional self-care.
Instead, you got to let go and know that you can’t control what is already happened, just appreciate it and move on.
9- Be Aware Of Your Language
Our language with ourselves is just as important as our language with others.
If you tend to always say to yourself, “I’m not good enough, I just can’t do it, or I’m bad at this” It’s time to change that negative self-talk.
Just like you wouldn’t say that to your best friend or a family member, why would you say it to yourself?
Start by practicing affirmations today and step away from negative self-talk.
Affirmation is the action or process of affirming oneself with a positive talk.
10- Try Again
Practicing emotional self-care is ultimately to be mindful and to forgive yourself, and learn from your mistakes it’s the best way to grow.
We all fail at some point, but few accept it.
Mistakes are a part of our own life, and we can choose to either accept it or blaming ourselves for why we couldn’t do better.
Set up your mindset and forgive yourself.
Emotional Self Care Quotes
“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” — Kristi Ling
“It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.”– Wayne Dyer
“When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.”– John O’Donohue
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”– Audre Lorde
“How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth so we must care for ourselves in every way, every day.”– Sam Owen
This is the last day of 5 days self-improvement challenge.
Make sure to check the other days as well.
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