The fifth and finally, social self-care is another category that’s important for us all.
It might look different depending on whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. However, connecting with other people is necessary for happiness for a large diversity of people.
It helps you to understand that you’re not alone. Plus, it can also give us a sense of being fully “seen” by others. This can, in particular, help us combat loneliness and isolation.
Social self-care isn’t about just doing things with others for the sake of it, but about choosing to do things with people who really make you feel good.
The best part about social self care is that when we practice it we can incorporate it with all the other forms of self care:
Sensory self care – Going to a museum or a garden or a concert with a friend
Emotional self care – Spend time with and share your thoughts with a trusted friend
Spiritual self care – work and volunteering, pilgrimages, vigils and marches
Physical self care – Exercise with a friend – ie – do yoga with a friend – go for a walk
Social Self-Care Ideas
- Make a date to have lunch or dinner with a great friend.
- Write an email to someone who lives far away, but who you miss.
- Reach out to someone you like but haven’t seen in a while.
- Consider joining a group of people who share your interests.
- Stop socializing with those who undermine or disempower you.
- Strike up a conversation with someone interesting.
- Join a support group for people who struggle with the same things you do.
- Sign up for a class to learn something and meet new people at the same time.