So we’ve covered the very basics of self care–what it is, why it’s important, how to know when we need it. I’ve even given you brief tips about how to start a self care practice by putting morning and night routines in place. But I understand even with those starting points, putting a self care routine in place can still be daunting. What do you do to care for the self? Where do you even begin?
The 5 Elements of Self Care (+The Pentacle)
The witches and pagans reading this will be very familiar with the concept of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, and how these elemental forces make up all that surrounds us.
But did you know there are five elements of self care, too?
I have found in my own personal practice that making sure I’m incorporating all five elements of self care into my routine makes me feel more grounded and harmonious with the world around me.
These five elements are: spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and physical.
This is the self care pent, and it has been my best friend for the past six months. It has been extremely helpful in making sure I keep my emotional diet well balanced (and when used in conjunction with the Full Pie reading in that regard, is p o w e r f u l !)
Spiritual: Meditation. Prayer. Ritual. Spirit work. Spells. Read/study books on spirituality. If you follow a holy book of some sort, use it to do a version of “Bible study”. Do a spiritual cleansing on your self/space. Divination.
Mental: Read! Fiction, non-fiction, doesn’t matter, just read! Study a subject that interests you. Start learning a new language. Crossword puzzles/other brain teasers. Plan out your week!
Physical: Take a walk. Do 5-10 minutes of exercise. Soak in the bath. Paint your nails. Apply lip balm and lotion. Have you a green drink. Go put your bare toes in the soil. Lay out in the sun (don’t forget the sunblock!). Drink a glass of water. Drink another one. Take a nap. Have a snack.
Emotional: Journal. Make sure you can keep up with your therapy appointments (if you’re able). Make sure you’re taking your meds (if prescribed). Have a heart-to-heart with a close friend. If you’re an artist (hell, even if you’re not), use what you’re feeling to make some art!
Social: Go out to lunch with a friend. Make some plans. Join some Facebook groups and network! Reply to those texts you forgot about. Send that funny meme you found to a friend you know will appreciate it. Pick up the phone and call a loved one for a chat.
Putting It All Together
Here’s how to operate it: Download the above version of the pent. Print it out. Take inspiration from the lists above, and write them onto your copy of the pentacle. Make a pledge to yourself to commit to each of the activities you wrote on your pentacle for one week. Watch the quality of your inner life start to change.
If you want or need a very, very condensed version of this blog post available on your computer at all times, I’ve got you covered with another free download.
And that’s about it! I hope you found this entry useful. If you’re still wanting help with your self care practice, I’d recommend checking out the Self Care Companion. And watch the blog closely–#SC4SW is coming back very, very soon (and I’m SO excited about it)!