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 practicing 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.