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Parts of the Self-Care Wheel

This Self-Care Wheel Will Show You Which Areas of Your Life Need Improvement

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When self-care comes to mind, many of us may associate the practice with baths, naps, and yoga. And while those are definitely a few ways to address your needs, self-care encompasses far more than that. In fact, according to the self-care wheel created by trauma prevention expert Olga Phoenix, self-care includes six parts that are vital to managing stress and achieving happiness and life satisfaction.

"I originally designed the self-care wheel for me, personally, as a tool to get to that seemingly unattainable place of life balance, meaning, and contentment," Olga told POPSUGAR. "It is an empowering, affirming, and positive tool, comprised of six dimensions: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional. Each dimension represents a part of our lives which requires our daily attention."

Effectively practising self-care requires making sure the needs of each of the wheel's dimensions are met with meaning, and evaluating which areas still need improvement. Check out a breakdown along with examples of how you can work on your mind, body, spirit, and beyond. And keep scrolling to see the wheel in full!

Physical

  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Unplug
  • Eat healthy
  • Be sexual
  • Get regular medical checkups

Psychological

  • Go to therapy
  • Journal
  • Self-reflect
  • Relax
  • Ask for help
  • Do something creative

Emotional

  • Laugh
  • Find a hobby
  • Practice self-love
  • Cry
  • Forgive
  • Cuddle with your pet

Spiritual

  • Spend time outdoors
  • Meditate
  • Volunteer
  • Practice yoga
  • Pray
  • Get inspired

Personal

  • Create a vision board
  • Get out of debt
  • Establish goals
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Learn who you are
  • Cook

Professional

  • Leave work at work
  • Take vacation, sick, and mental health days
  • Plan your next career move
  • Take lunches
  • Avoid working during days off
  • Learn to say no

Image Source: Olga Phoenix

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