In 2020, we saw a change in the fabric of our society. Our businesses, healthcare system, economy, and relationships have been tested. We’ve all been affected and forced to evolve.
It’s made us realize how important practicing self-care is to our model of Total Wellness. If there’s one simple truth, it’s that as humans, if our primary needs aren’t met, we can’t be our best selves – that goes for the workplace, our personal lives, and everything in-between.
With all this in mind, we’ve decided to double down on Self-Care in 2021. We’re working on an abundance of incredible resources to offer our clients to put our best foot forward in the new year.
We’d like to introduce you to our 8 Dimensions of Self-Care, but first, it’s important to note what self-care truly is and why it’s so important.
What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?
When asked whether we take care of ourselves, most of us would answer yes without giving it too much thought. It’s what we do to take care of ourselves that becomes trickier for many of us to answer.
Self-care is any activity or activities that we do deliberately to take care of our emotional, mental, and physical health. It’s much more than taking a bubble bath or sipping hot tea, and it’s something we need to enjoy doing – it should ultimately refuel us, rather than exhaust us.
Proper self-care is important for many reasons. It reduces our anxiety and helps us cope with stress. It improves not only our self-worth but our relationships with others. Good self-care helps us sleep better, eat better, and have the energy to tackle our daily lives, in turn helping us better maintain our overall health.
It’s important for employers that employees are practicing self-care because it helps deal with and prevent costly illnesses. Effective self-care also helps employees maintain emotional and mental balance and improves their ability to stay focused, motivated, and engaged.
What are the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care?
While self-care is meant to recharge our batteries, it’s important to note that it’s a discipline. It’s okay to have certain self-care activities that feel indulgent, but to practice self-care effectively, you need to consistently pay attention to each of these categories.
While there are many models of Self-Care, at GoPivot we’ve defined the Eight Dimensions as Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial, Cognitive, Aptitudinal, Relational, and Environmental.
We break down each category extensively in our new eBook – here we not only define what each of these categories means, but we give examples of ways to practice these in our daily lives.
‘Tis the Season
With the holidays quickly approaching, we’re getting in the spirit by launching our 12 Days of Self-Care – a 12-day planner and journal with self-care tips and ideas to help take care of yourself this month.
Join us in counting down the year’s end by doing at least one thing each day for yourself and your wellbeing.