Did you take care of you today?
If you are like most people – you probably didn’t do enough. I know it can be difficult to make time for yourself, which is why creating a self care plan is great idea.
A Self Care Plan is basically a set of activities that you do every day to deliberately improve your wellbeing. They are habits, actions, and strategies that once part of your routine become part of your everyday life.
Remember, a habit that is done everyday becomes so much a part of your existence that you hardly notice the effort it takes to do it.
Incorporating these types of activities in your day improve your mood, your mental health, helps you manage stress, assists in your productivity and can help in you leading a much healthier life all around.
How To Create A Self Care Plan
1. Look At What You Do Now
What activities or strategies do you apply when things get tough? Are they good things or not so good things? Note them all down and look carefully to see any patterns that might pop up, coping strategies that may have been created, or positive things you do to help yourself.
2. What Do You Value Most?
What’s important to you? List out the things you need in a day to make you cool, calm, collected, happy and fulfilled.
3. Brainstorm Ideas To Help
Think back to the 5 Dimensions of Self Care. Read over this again and take note of each dimension on the self care wheel. Jot down a list of ideas, actions or strategies that can help you to get those things that you value the most, within each dimension.
Ask yourself questions that might trigger an idea or answer….What things do I love doing? What calms me down? When do I feel fulfilled? What keeps me energised?
4. Schedule It In
I know its sounding a bit clinical, but as I say all the time, you need to make time for yourself – just like you book in time for medical appointments or grocery trips. Look carefully, plan your weeks & remove potential blockers that could get in your way. Try & find time to do at least one thing for you, every single day – more if you can!
Remember, Self Care is Not Selfish. What you choose to does not have to be big, it does not have to be hard nor does it have to take a lot of time. It just needs to be something you do, for you. Something that will ensure you are staying true, being deliberate with your actions and creating new habits for yourself.
When you plan out your week of work, playing taxi for kids, doing chores and errands, make sure you add in specific, deliberate and meaningful time for YOU.
Just Be You, Everyday