Let’s order some self care practices in order of importance. The order will be based on what I currently think is the case (at least for me!). Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.
1- Food we eat
I have recently come to realize what a big difference our diet makes in our mood, so this is my current #1 self care practice. For me, reducing my caffeine intake and increasing fruits and veggies (though I still don’t like eating them) made wonders! Food we eat helps regulate hormones and hormones, in turn, determine our moods.
2- People we talk to
I used to tell my issues to all my friends in the name of getting different opinions, but that probably caused me more issues than it helped me. First, no one will understand you fully and second, everyone will have a different suggestion based on their own experience (and not yours). So, I decided to minimize the number of people I talk to about my issues and in most cases, I only talk to God. Made wonders.
How we spend our time is very important too! It is important to sleep enough, to go outside, to have time for reading, exercise or whatever other relaxing activity you do, and to spend time with people we love. I am putting this in #3 because I have noticed that the more I did the first two, the less I needed to depend on time as self care. Somehow, the first two heals me as I do things.
I have never been a fan of those, and they do not really work for me (unless I really change my perspective inside, but it does not go the other way). So, #4.
This is my current order of importance in self care. Do you agree, disagree? What is your order? What other self care activities or categories could I have included?