The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework by LivingUpp™ offers a holistic approach to building a balanced, healthy life. The Aptitudinal Dimension of Self-Care focuses on your contribution to the world.
In this dimension, you’ll explore your life’s purpose—what you're uniquely suited to do in this world. By enlisting self-care strategies that support this dimension, you'll be better positioned to make a meaningful contribution.
When you understand your strengths, unique skills, and natural talents, you'll uncover clues about your life’s calling. It's important to note that your contribution may or may not be how you currently earn an income. It's possible that your greatest contributions are being made through volunteer roles.
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Here are a few self-care suggestions to support the aptitudinal dimension:
Using your strengths on a daily basis can increase your overall level of happiness. In Flow*, author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes this as a "state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost."
In a state of flow, work feels more like play. And that's when you know you're aligned with your purpose.
If your current role doesn't offer opportunities to use your strengths, consider seeking out projects that do. It might just open doors for promotions or new career paths.
We all have the same number of minutes in each day, but how we choose to manage that time determines our success. Examine your daily routines closely to identify time drains. If you hear yourself saying "I can't" or "I don't have time" a lot, be honest: How much time do you spend scrolling through social media or watching TV?
Using your time effectively and efficiently can be the difference between achieving your goals and wishing your life was different.
When we're focused and passionate, it's easy to overdo it. Entrepreneurs are notorious for overfunctioning, but there are plenty of other professions and personality types that are prone to regularly stretching themselves beyond their capacity as well.
Know the signs that you're overcommitted or overscheduled. Do you feel anxious? Does the quality of your work decline? Are you short-tempered?
Make it a habit to weave self-care into your daily schedule. Downtime can even boost your creativity and problem-solving skills.
To strengthen this dimension of self-care, be sure to use your strengths and natural talents on a regular basis. Because if you aren't sharing your gifts regularly, you're doing the world a disservice.
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