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  • Writer's pictureDavid Stamation

Advanced Self-Care: Elevate Your Well-Being

Advanced self-care prompts us to reflect on what Basic self-care is. Going beyond basic self-care is vital for getting more out of your life. Let’s organize self-care to help you explore ways to incorporate it into your life. Here’s a recap of the basic level before moving into advanced forms:


Basic Self-Care

Physical Health: This includes sleep, diet, and exercise. These basics can be challenging and neglecting them can lead to burnout or a sense that things aren’t right.


Sleep Routine: Consistency matters, a comfy distraction-free environment (free of phones & TVs) aids good sleep. Consider blackout curtains to deepen your slumber.


Health Boundaries: Saying “NO” to distractions honors self-commitment to healthy habit routines. Are you saying YES to requests when you want to say NO?


Social Connections: Spend time with those who inspire and energize you. Initiate gatherings.


Advanced Self-Care

Advanced self-care empowers you to thrive emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In advanced self-care, choose practices that resonate with you, align with your preferences, and draw you in. Here are several illustrative examples:

Emotional Health: Developing emotional fluency will be the one thing you’ll need to make the lasting changes you want. Church or personal development retreats can work wonders, especially the power of group work when you realize you aren’t the only one experiencing something uncomfortable. All emotions need to be expressed.


Mindfulness and Meditation: Experiment with mindfulness practices such as yoga or meditation. Take leisurely walks without the distraction of your phone or music. These techniques enhance self-awareness, promote mental clarity, and nurture a sense of inner peace.


Therapy, Counseling, or Coaching: Seek professional guidance, when you can’t break free of a past event that keeps ruminating in your thoughts or things you can’t let go of. Therapy provides insights, coping strategies, and emotional healing. Coaching combines therapeutic elements with aspirations for the future. A good coach will also challenge you to advance your personal development goals.


Hobbies and Passions: Dedicate time to activities that ignite your passion and joy. It has been scientifically proven to boost happiness; these pursuits bring profound fulfillment.


Continuous Learning: Enhance your self-esteem and broaden your horizons by reading, attending workshops, or acquiring new skills. Besides personal growth, you'll become a more engaging conversationalist.


Why?

When you have a self-care routine you show up in life more present, listen engagingly, and have more capacity to help others. You also manage your own stressors more elegantly when you take time to be in touch with yourself. An added benefit is a boost in self-confidence and reduction in anxiety when you have a self-care practice or regular coaching.


The Stretch

As you reflect on this article, consider what resonated with you most. Explore how and when you can incorporate a new practice into your life, then observe how it worked and if it made you feel different. Your well-being deserves your attention and dedication.

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