Types of Self Care | 5 Categories of Caring for Yourself

Self Care

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You may have heard the term “self care” before, but did you know that there are many different types? Read on to learn more about the different categories of self care and be sure to check out the handy infographic at the bottom.

The 5 Types of Self Care


This is probably the most well know category of the five. Emotional, of course, refers to your emotional needs – which encompasses anything from happiness, to sadness or anger, to stress.

Activities that can nurture your emotional health include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Art
    • This category holds so many options. Art can mean painting, drawing, photography, crafts, and pottery – just to name a few. One of my favorites in this category would probably be crocheting.
  • Literature
    • This could be reading or writing. I love downloading ebooks from the library and reading them on my Kindle. It’s basically a never-ending source of relaxing entertainment.
  • Physical Activity
    • You’ll see that physical self care is our next category, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. Physical activities, such as sports, working out, walks, and yoga, are amazing for your emotional well being.
  • Therapy
    • Therapy has a stigma that makes a lot of people not want to go. However, going and talking to a professional about the things that are bothering you is always an option! It’s scary to get into it, but it’s amazing how helpful talking to an otherwise detached person can be.


This is about so much more than working out! Physical wellness includes your physical fitness, eating habits, hygiene, and sleep.

Physical self care is so important because it keeps your body healthy. Your body being healthy will help you feel better emotionally, which will help other areas of your life, as well!


Social self care is about nurturing relationships. Healthy relationships are key to personal wellness because they help enrich our lives. This doesn’t mean just one type of relationship, and it’s not to say that you won’t be happy if you don’t have a million friends. In fact, healthy relationships are more about quality than quantity, anyway.

Aim to cultivate relationships with people who genuinely care about you and do the same for them. Don’t be afraid to end relationships that are harmful or make you feel bad about yourself – those relationships are not friendships.


This is one of the more misunderstood categories. This category is not about religion. Spiritual self care is more about taking care of the mind, body, and spirit.

Some examples include:

  • Self Reflection
  • Spending time in nature
  • Choosing to be kind and compassionate
  • Yoga
  • Letting go of unnecessary negative thoughts and feelings


Practical self care is about doing things that help you in your life. This can be budgeting, organizing, or learning a new skill, among other things. One form of this would be taking the time to clean your house. If you’ve ever cleaned up an area that you use a lot and felt so much better in that space afterward, you’re familiar with the benefits of this category!

Types of Self Care Infographic

If you ever need some examples of what you can do within the different categories of self care, check out this infographic.

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