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Types of Self Care

Most people think of self care as taking a personal day off work, booking a spa appointment, or indulging in a pint of ice cream, and they’re not wrong. However, there are many types of self care, and they can address every facet of your life. Here are just a few worth adding to your self care checklist.

Physical Self Care

Physical self care involves anything that helps you maintain good physical health or recover from illness or injury, such as:

  • Sleep or rest

  • Stretching and moderate exercise (within your ability to do so)

  • Booking and keeping primary care and other medical appointments

  • Mindfully adhering to a healthy, balanced diet

  • Fresh air, sunshine, and avoiding pollution related to air quality, light, and noise

Emotional or Mental Self Care

Emotional self care is essential to your mental health and happiness, and the techniques you use should be tailored to your specific needs:

  • Find healthy ways to manage stress

  • Take time to relax and rejuvenate each day

  • Try a mental health or meditation app

  • Take a vacation, staycation, or personal time off work

  • Try yoga, Tai Chi, or other mind-centering forms of exercise

Social Self Care

Social self care helps you to form, build, or maintain important healthy relationships in your life. These may include:

  • Not spreading yourself too thin on social engagements or responsibilities

  • Spending quality time with people who care about you, or distancing yourself from toxic relationships

  • Taking time to do fun things with friends

  • Finding ways to meet new people in a relaxed, low-stakes setting

  • Taking a break from social media, especially if there is too much negativity in your feed or conversations

  • Planning a date night with your significant other, or a high-quality date with a new person if you are single

  • Asking for help when you need it

Environmental Self Care

Environmental self care can be anything that makes your home or neighborhood safer, healthier, and more comfortable, including:

  • Organizing storage spaces or catching up on laundry or cleaning

  • Getting necessary repairs and replacements done

  • Making a decor purchase (wall art, curtains, rugs, picture frames, racks, etc.) that will make your home more comfortable, inviting, or functional

  • Working in your own garden or a community garden

Self care is particularly important for parents and caregivers of children with physical or intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). If you are one, be sure to enlist help with your caregiving needs!

Progressive Lifestyles Supports Caregiver Self Care

Progressive Lifestyles, Inc. is dedicated to providing innovative support services for people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide supportive and caring residential opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Oakland County, Michigan.

A primary focus of our organization is to interact with the individuals we support through the “Culture of Gentleness” model. We seek to create a positive environment to help them feel safe and valued while maximizing praise, limiting demands, maintaining consistent structure, and reducing stress during transitions. We support wellness for all of our employees and encourage self care for family caregivers.

We are hiring! No experience? No worries! You bring a warm heart and we'll teach you how to be a fantastic caregiver plus give you skills that you can use to further your career. Apply now!


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