This Self-Care Wheel Will Show You Which Areas of Your Life Need Improvement by Nicole Yi

  • When self-care comes to mind, many of us may associate the practice with baths, naps, and yoga. And while those are definitely a few ways to address your needs, self-care encompasses far more than that. In fact, according to the self-care wheel created by trauma prevention expert Olga Phoenix, self-care includes six parts that are vital to managing stress and achieving happiness and life satisfaction.”I originally designed the self-care wheel for me, personally, as a tool to get to that seemingly unattainable place of life balance, meaning, and contentment,” Olga told POPSUGAR. “It is an empowering, affirming, and positive tool, comprised of six dimensions: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional. Each dimension represents a part of our lives which requires our daily attention.”

    Effectively practicing self-care requires making sure the needs of each of the wheel’s dimensions are met with meaning, and evaluating which areas still need improvement. Check out a breakdown along with examples of how you can work on your mind, body, spirit, and beyond. And keep scrolling to see the wheel in full!


  • Physical

    • Exercise
    • Sleep
    • Unplug
    • Eat healthy
    • Be sexual
    • Get regular medical checkups


    • Go to therapy
    • Journal
    • Self-reflect
    • Relax
    • Ask for help
    • Do something creative
    • Emotional

      • Laugh
      • Find a hobby
      • Practice self-love
      • Cry
      • Forgive
      • Cuddle with your pet


    • Spend time outdoors
    • Meditate
    • Volunteer
    • Practice yoga
    • Pray
    • Get inspired


    • Create a vision board
    • Get out of debt
    • Establish goals
    • Spend time with loved ones
    • Learn who you are
    • Cook


    • Leave work at work
    • Take vacation, sick, and mental health days
    • Plan your next career move
    • Take lunches
    • Avoid working during days off
    • Learn to say no

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