How You Can Attend to Your Core Emotional Needs
According to Schema Therapy, the core emotional needs are grouped across 5 areas. I mention the 5 areas below, with examples of some of the ways you can attend to them (extracted from the book: "Experiencing schema therapy from the inside out: A self-practice, self-reflection workbook for therapists").
Nurture your intimate connections (family, partner, and friends).
Express emotions, vent in safe places, and share private thoughts and concerns.
Maintain an ongoing compassionate inner dialogue with your own Vulnerable Child.
Nurture your core values in day-to-day actions.
Make choices that are self-aware. Find outlets to your own creativity.
Pursue your interests unrelated to work (e.g., hobbies, travel).
Take workshops that you find inspiring, keep up with reading in your professional field.
Focus on an area of speciality to deepen your knowledge.
Validate what you already know, give training, write books or articles.
(4) Healthy limits:
Be organized in your private and professional lives.
Follow through on to-do-lists.
Be aware of times your Impulsive/Undisciplined Child modes are triggered.
(5) Spontaneity, fun:
Set aside time for play with friends, your partner or children, pets.
Take time off to engage in the leisure activities that you enjoy.
Schedule such time if needed to ensure that it happens and be open for whatever play appeals to you.
Get friends together for game nights.