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The Cognitive Dimension of Self-Care

self-care Mar 09, 2020

The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework by LivingUpp™ offers a holistic approach to building a balanced, healthy life. The Cognitive Dimension of Self-Care focuses on how you think. In this dimension, you’ll explore your thoughts—your mindset and beliefs. 

Self-care strategies that support this dimension help you focus your energy and attention on what you DO want, rather than what you DON'T.

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Here are some self-care strategies that support your cognitive dimension:

Keep Learning

Staying open to new ideas and information is essential when it comes to personal growth. Whether you learn best by reading, formal education, or through personal experiences, keeping your mind open is the key to life-long learning.

Review your self-care plan closely and make sure you've included some personal growth goals for the year, such as career-specific continuing education, pursuing a new certification or credential, or simply keeping up with new research in an area of interest.

Focus Your Mindset

Focus your mindset on positive solutions. While negative thoughts are normal, focusing on what isn't going well or what you don't like about your life won't likely produce the changes you want. That's because negative thought patterns can easily turn into complaints, which some have suggested can become an addiction. Managing your mindset with self-care strategies such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and journaling can enhance your problem-solving abilities and improve your overall happiness.

Choose Your Words Carefully

We believe what we say out loud, so be mindful of the way you talk about yourself and others. Listen to the words you speak when it comes to your ability to achieve goals. Do you believe you have the ability to reach them? Also pay attention to the phrases you use regularly. Chances are, your words reflect your beliefs, so choose them wisely.

Establish a Morning Practice

Begin each day by setting clear intentions. Remind yourself of your most important goals. It's when we feel disconnected from our 'why' that life feels chaotic and misaligned. Establishing a morning practice can help you stay grounded and focused.  

Here are some self-care activities you might consider including in your morning practice:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Letters of gratitude
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Healthy breakfast

By investing in the Cognitive Dimension of Self-Care, you'll be able to keep your attention focused on what's most important, so you can experience more happiness while also making a meaningful contribution to the world.   

What are some self-care strategies you use to support the cognitive dimension of your life? Share in the comments below.

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