Self-care and wellness have been used interchangeably, but the distinction between the two is that self-care consists of the specific choices and behaviors that over time lead to improved wellness (Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Management).
Acts of self-care are activities or things that nourish us physically, emotionally, and psychologically in a consistent pattern. It is an ongoing process as we learn to check-in with ourselves and provide what we need. It allows us to replenish our energy and alleviate stress.
Self-care can come in many forms:
Physical - staying hydrated, being active, staying up-to-date on doctors appointments
Intellectual - read a book, listen to a podcast, learn a new language or skill
Occupational - set boundaries surrounding your home and work life, especially if you are working from home
Financial - keep track of your spending habits, create a budget, talk with a financial advisor
Social - join a group in your community, call or text a friend or loved one you haven't heard from in a while, plan a game night
Emotional - write in a journal, practice a new hobby that allows you to be relaxed and mindful