A crucial component of serving others is self-care. To serve others effectively you must serve yourself first.
But what exactly is self-care?
Here are 5 components of self-care.
Physical care is the category that most people think of first. Perhaps you think of self-care as a lush spa day or a manicure and pedicure. These activities certainly fall under self-care. And self-care is also more basic: nourishing yourself with healthy food, staying hydrated, exercising, and other activities that allow you to maintain peak physical health.
Mental self-care involves clearing your mind.
When I allow myself the time to do some writing and journaling, I process my thoughts and ideas and clear space to receive information from the people I’m serving. I can come to each conversation more open and present.
Emotional self-care involves letting go of the guilt or anxiety around making time for self-care.
Let’s say you create space for your self-care. If you show up to serve feeling guilty about making time for yourself, or anxious about being late, you’ve negated all the benefits of your self-care time.
You’ll show up frazzled and ungrounded — the exact opposite of what you need to serve effectively.
An important piece of self-care is to trust that you will be where you need to be when you need to be there and to let go of the guilt that often comes with taking time for yourself.
Spiritual self care is about connecting with your purpose and your mission. Before you show up to serve, whether it’s a coaching call with a client, facilitating a workshop, or volunteering at an event, it’s crucial to connect with your intentions and purpose. Why you are choosing to serve others?
Finally, self-care includes restoring your energy. The previous four categories each address a form of energy, but there is another more amorphous form of energy.
For example, after a long conversation you may need to pull energy back into yourself before you speak with the next person.
whether you are serving your kids or clients, if you want to serve others at the highest level and really make an impact through your service you must engage in self-care.