8 Areas of Self-care While Serving

It is critically important for us to practice self-care while serving. 

The Oasis Center and our many partners are meeting the needs of others during a pandemic, and it is easy to put our own needs on the back burner.  The dictionary describes self-care as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health and while that is an incredibly accurate definition it doesn’t really say anything. Self-care can take many different forms and be different things for different people. For some people, their morning Starbucks run is a sort of self-care, while for others monitoring their blood sugar levels for their diabetes is self-care. Ultimately, self-care boils down to taking care of your mind, body, and spirit through your actions. 

There are 8 areas of self-care and which ones will work best for you will be different from your friend, sister, and neighbor because your life is different from theirs and so are your pressures.


Environmental self-care is all about taking care of your surroundings. Making sure that your home and work areas are clutter-free, making sure you’re cleaning up after you cook, and other things like that. Examples of this are the minimalism movement, practical minimalism sees you decluttering and getting rid of anything weighing you down. 


Financial self-care is all about having a good, healthy relationship with money. Especially for nonprofits, knowing where your money is coming from and where it’s going will help you reduce the stress money creates in your life. Making a budget for you and your family can seem overwhelming, but so is that worry that you won’t be able to pay the bills on time. Set yourself a budget, give yourself a little bit of spending money, and know when and how to tell yourself (and your family) no when you can’t afford something.


Speaking of saying no, this is an important part of emotional self-care! Take care of your own feelings and don’t be afraid to turn people down from time to time if you’re not up to something. Other self-care you can do for your emotions includes starting a gratitude journal and being compassionate towards yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve done something you shouldn’t have, love yourself in the moment and later reflect on why you ate that entire tub of ice cream when you were on a diet, then try to make sure it won’t happen again.


Physical self-care is all about taking care of your body. It can mean going to the doctor for that pain you’ve been ignoring, getting enough sleep at night, or going for a walk. Listen to your body, feed it good healthy foods, and move it around. Your body will thank you.


Professional self-care is all about having professional boundaries and loving what you do to the best of your ability. That means getting up from your desk when your productivity has dropped and taking a couple of minutes for a walk or vowing not to look at your email outside of work hours. It could also mean leaving a job that is causing you emotional or physical pain.


When people think about self-care more often than not they’re thinking about psychological self-care, taking care of the mind. This can include things like journaling, reading, leaving social media, and practicing mindfulness. Every other area of self-care will have an impact on your psychological self-care. When your body and spirit feel good so does your mind.


Social self-care is all about having a support structure around you that you can turn to. It can be that co-worker who is always down for a chat or it can be spending time with your family where you aren’t thinking about anything but being with them. Having connections with other people is incredibly important for your mental health.


Spiritual self-care is all about the beliefs and values that you hold dear and gaining spiritual awareness through them. This can include reading the bible every morning, meditating, going on a retreat, or anything else that helps you get more in touch with your spiritual beliefs. 

Here at the Oasis Center, we want to remind you to take care of yourself.  There is lots of work to do, but we need you and those you serve healthy.  


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