How to Benefit From 5 Domains of Self-Care
If you are doing self-care then you probably want to know how to do it so you can get the most benefits from the 5 domains of self-care and from self-care efforts generally. Yes, I said there are 5 decidedly primary domains of self-care plus a couple of others that are sometimes referred to in certain situations - and its recommended to engage in all of them daily in order to prevent and treat chronic disease. If that’s not the goal, then what is? Research is starting to unfold about how to engage in these 5 domains to keep yourself out of the doctor’s office - whether that’s put your chronic disease in remission, or prevent chronic disease. Research shows that Baby Boomers need self-care the most and use it the least. While Millennials are engaging in self-care they are sicker at a young age than were the older generations, so they need to ensure that the self-care they are doing will work for them over time. Read this article to learn how to benefit from the 5 domains of self-care.
Physical self-care involves nourishment, exercise and daily lifestyle efforts such as taking medications, supplementation, going to bed on-time. Longevity shows that eating a high proportion of fruits and vegetables, a low calorie diet, consuming small and regular amounts of wine and engaging in natural movement are how to stay away from the doctors office.
Mental self-care involves engaging in regular times of sober reflection to notice what thoughts drive your emotions and behaviors. Techniques for those who want assistance include engaging in mindfulness practices and going to therapy. You might write a journal, or seek expert advise on how to make good decisions for yourself. Benefits includes being able to set goals and follow through on them, appreciate your personal development and understand what drives you or what you’re reacting to from your past.
Closely tied to mental self-care is emotional self-care as healthy mental habits, produce healthier emotions. Additional emotional self-care on its own include spending time with family and friends, animals, and laughing daily. Healthy connection to loved ones, from the past and forming new relationships and bonds are all part of healthy emotional self-care. The ability to cry, express emotions and cope with stress in a safe and productive way are wonderful results from emotional self-care.
Seeing beyond the self to include God, the Universe, and the unseen aspects of life are often the focus on spiritual self-care. Practices may include prayer, meditation, spending time in nature, a temple or simply connecting to the divine in a positive way. Benefits include finding in purpose and meaning in life through faith, trust and hope that the universe is benefic, good, and loving and you are a deserving part of humanity.
Is a debatable domain of self-care but important when many of our waking hours are spent at work. Professional self-care result from skills developed from forming healthy relationships, goal setting and personal development, but it’s also possible to have good professional self-care and let the mental or emotional fall in other areas. Generally professional self-care includes eagerly participating in professional development, upgrading training and seeking support and supervision from peers and mentors on a regular basis. Work-Life balance and self-actualization may be wonderful benefits of this practice but it does not replace the other domains.
Take a look at Dr. Millie’s Video on the 5 Domains of Self-Care here: