The Zone, Vol 48: The 3 Components of Self Care

by The ParaDocs

March 1, 2021

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

As we continue to develop the new normal, it is important to build self care practices that foster wellness as we transition.

In Volume 48 of this guest series, psychotherapist Dr. Francis L. Battisti and nutritionist Dr. Helen Battisti address how we can optimize our self care practices to improve mind, body, and soul wellness.

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.

Reflecting on the continuing process of re-opening the world to creating the next normal, we need to stay intentional about our spiritual, psychological and physical health.  Being intentional about our self-care can help us experience the next normal with a positive, healthy skepticism.

To this discussion, and over the next few weeks, we will offer an overview of three components of self-care.  Although we will be discussing them as components, it is important that we see them as inter-connected and inter-related to each other.

Our spiritual life contains the non-material elements that affect our soul or human spirit.  Spirituality is a broad concept with many perspectives.  It relates to our purpose and meaning of life.

The psychological concept is affecting our mind which relates to our mental and emotional states.  Our psychological life is what colors our experience of events.  Depending on one’s perspective, this coloring is impacted by every experience that a person has had in their life.

The physical component is that which impacts our physical body.  This includes sleep, relaxation, nutrition, and movement.

It is solidly based that a healthy spirit-mind-body all impact each other’s area.  Keeping our physical body healthy is a major challenge for many of us.  However, if we are spiritually and psychologically grounded, and our purpose is clear, taking care of our physical body becomes more meaningful.


Key Takeaways
  • Our spiritual, psychological and physical health are inter-related.
  • Being intentional about our self-care will help us move into the next new normal.
  • It is important for our self-care that all three aspects of our health are recognized and equally important.
Best Practices
  • Start thinking about who and what will be on your self-care team.
  • Think about your hopes and goals for the next year and how they will be impacted by your spiritual, psychological, and physical health.
  • Enjoy the exploration of your self-care opportunities.
Things to Limit
  • Thinking that the older you are, the more pain you should have.
  • Using Google as your “soul” practitioner.
  • Allowing negative core beliefs about yourself to limit you.

In summary, as the world continues to re-open, to be ready to have the impact upon it that we each desire, it is important to make your total health, spiritually, psychologically and physically, a top priority.  The healthier we are, the more that we can accomplish within each day.

Quote of the Week

“The journey internally is not only an important journey, it is the only journey.”
William Butler Yeats

About the author 

The ParaDocs

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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