Self-care is incredibly important to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. It’s important not only for yourself but your relationships with other people too. But, it may not be obvious which areas of your life you need some self-care in. If you haven’t already, you should take some time to read about the 8 areas of self-care, this will help you in answering the next 18 self-care questions you should be asking yourself. They’ll help you guide you on your journey so you can get to the root of what might be causing you unhappiness in your life. Spending $900 on a spa weekend is great, but if it’s your finances that are worrying you then really that spa weekend is only making things worse.
Lately I had been struggling with my feelings and emotions, and I had to sit myself down and figure things out. Here are a few questions I had to ask myself to get better at self-care.
- Am I always tired?
- Am I taking care of my needs and desires?
- Do I say yes when I should say no?
- Does my body feel stiff or sore?
- Who taught me that my needs aren’t important?
- Do I have an emergency fund?
- Where is my money going every month?
- Have I been putting off something I really should have taken care of a long time ago?
- Have I cleaned up after dinner?
- Do I crave junk food often, especially when I’m stressed?
- Do I feel okay slowing down sometimes?
- Why am I so stressed?
- What is making me feel overwhelmed?
- Why am I afraid to say no?
- What is my motivation?
- What positive thoughts about myself can I focus on?
- When was the last time I got fresh air?
- How can I love myself more today?
- Finally, what can I do to feel better?
Once you’ve figured out what it is that is negatively impacting your life and you’ve made a list of a few things you can do to fix them, do it! Put together a plan for how you can squeeze a little bit of that self-care into your life. Keep in mind that not all self-care has to cost money, there are a lot of ways to exercise self-care that are completely free and I’ve got an article that is full of ways you can self-care without money. You might find that answering these questions makes you realize that the best thing for you is to leave your job. Or maybe you just need to take up jogging.
Self-care is incredibly personal and different for every person. No one can tell you what would work for you except you. If you do decide you need a new job, that’s ok! Don’t go out and quit immediately though, put a plan in place and take steps to get where you want to be in your life. That may mean sticking it out at that job you hate a little longer, but your bills will keep coming even if you don’t have a job. So don’t make it an even bigger problem by acting too quickly.
Remember that self-care is self-love, so love yourself by taking care of yourself and your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for it.