You might have looked for some emotional self care ideas before, and even collected a journal full of them. The concept of self-care can be broken down into 5 parts; physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional. In this post, we’re going to focus on your emotional wellbeing, and find a self care practice that works for you. Hopefully, it’ll be one that you can go back to time and time again when your emotional health takes a downward dive.
Over the past few years, I’ve come to realise the importance of not only putting myself first but also putting my emotional wellbeing above everything. Looking at what I’ve come across on social media and other blogs, it’s clear that we’re all trying our best to keep it together using self care ideas that work best for us.
By the end of this post, you’ll have picked up some of my emotional self care ideas, and hopefully found some new ones to add to your own collection too!
Search for Things That Bring You Joy
For me, it’s the first coffee in the morning. That’s my first moment of joy that I get to look forward to every day. Even the smell as it’s brewing is enough to perk me up after dragging myself from my bed (I’m really not a morning person if you didn’t already know!).
When you find moments of joy in your day, you’ll be able to see your day in a better light – even if it’s been one of the worst days.
Once you’ve chosen your moment, engulf yourself in it. Spend a few minutes enjoying it and thinking of nothing else but how happy it makes you. This moment could change every day, or it could stay the same just like mine does.
Find your something brings you joy every single day. I’ve got some suggestions below that might give some ideas
- Coming home to a loved one
- Your first customer of the day in your job
- The first sip of your morning beverage
- Stretches after a long sleep
- Talking to a family member
- Your daily commute
- Reading a book before bed
Switch off From Social Media
Social media has become part of the backbone of daily life for many of us. Whether it’s used for personal or business use, it’s a very useful tool that we have all come to love (and often hate!). Like with anything, excessive use quickly becomes too emotionally draining for us to manage. Without realising, you’ve scrolled past something that’s rubbed you up the wrong way, hit a nerve and you’re soon in an agitated mood… Wonderful!
There’s a few ways to you can switch off from social media:
Switch Off Your Phone:
An obvious one, but it’s not for everyone. Switching it off altogether can heighten your anxiety, BUT it could be an easy answer for some. Even if it’s just half an hour to allow you to switch off. Alternatively, pop your phone on ‘do not disturb’ and leave it somewhere you won’t be tempted to touch it.
Go for a Walk:
Not only is walking great for your emotional wellbeing, but it gives you a chance to switch off. Keep your phone in your pocket, and walk with headphones or enjoying natures voice instead. Either way, it’s a great way of unwinding and collecting your emotions together.
Designate Social Media Free Time:
Make it a regular thing, and allocate a section of your day that you restrict yourself from social media. Instead of twiddling your thumbs during this time, do things that you know you enjoy. Pick up a new hobby or call up a friend. Use this time to be productive in other areas of your life, and explore all those things you wish you’d started sooner.
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Connect with Family and Friends
It’s so easy to get caught up with your own life, that those around us sometimes get pushed to the bottom of the pile. It’s not something any of us do intentionally, life just gets in the way and before we know it we’ve drifted apart from those we were once so close to. Connecting with friends and family can be super beneficial to supporting your social and emotional wellbeing.
We really do underestimate the enormous part that human connection plays in our lives and the impact it has on our emotional wellbeing. Simply having a catch-up and finding out what’s new in someone’s life not only brings you both closer; it also strengthens that relationship. When you’re surrounded by strong relationships, your sense of belonging and purpose grow, while your happiness flourishes.
What comes with this is a reduction in stress levels and lowered levels of anxiety.
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Keep a Journal
Journaling is great. If you haven’t tried it, I really recommend grabbing yourself a nice journal and a few nice pens to keep on your bedside table to encourage you to use journal.
Unleash all of the junk, scrambled thoughts and stress into a book that can be torn up and shredded or kept for reflection. The best part is, you don’t have to be polite or think before you write – it’s yours to do whatever you like with it. This is what makes it the perfect emotional self care idea to support your emotional wellbeing.
Keeping a journal is even more useful when you do it with purpose. I’ve got some really great journal prompts for reflection and self-discovery to help you to begin writing a journal to help you with growth, your emotions and discovering your inner self.
Letting Go Of Judgement
This is one that you might need to work at – I know I did. It’s within our nature to jump into our judgemental hat and form opinions of people and situations. We don’t often think about where these initial judgements come from either. There are two types of judgement to look at – judgement of yourself and of others.
We are our own worst enemy sometimes, and when we judge ourselves, we ultimately limit ourselves from growing. When you cast a negative judgement over yourself, your mind latches onto this and starts creating reasons why your shouldn’t do something. Where have those judgements even come from? Are they realistic? Chances are they’re probably not realistic and you’ll never know the outcome until you try.
We subconsciously form judgements of others every single day. They say within the first seven seconds of meeting someone we’ve formed some sort of judgement automatically. It’s clearly within our nature.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not easy to go against your instincts and switch your brain to not form judgments and choosing peace over conflict. It seems like the obvious choice but your brain will always convince you otherwise. However, when you do find some peace, I can promise you the world feels a lot lighter.
We talk a lot about our emotions and we all deal with them in our own way. By practicing some of these emotional self care ideas, you’ll gain better control of your emotions. You’ll begin to feel more in touch with your emotions and hopefully have a lighter and clearer head.
Let me know what you thought of these emotional self care ideas in the comments! I’m always eager to hear from you and receive some feedback!
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