Self-care allows you to connect with, hear and eventually live from your truest self. Self-care helps you reclaim the energy that can be drained by day to day life.
We can probably all agree that life is busy. The day to day of surviving, getting ahead and taking care of others takes over. It’s mentally and physically draining and, sometimes, we lose sight of meeting our own basic needs.
When I first started creating a self-care plan I wanted to do it all. A little self-care in every part of my life. Right? Wrong!
As it turns out, not only was trying to do it all overly complicated and unrealistic, “all” wasn’t necessarily needed.
After I laughed at myself, because, well, I tend to get excited excited about things and I quickly jump to ALL, it wasn’t long before I realized the error in my enthusiasm.
There was no denying my needs were being lost in the craziness of life and I needed a self-care plan. And, I eventually knew that didn’t mean I needed to do it all. I decided to approach this by looking at what I’m already doing instead of only focusing on what I’m not doing.
So, I took a step back and made note of self-care practices that already exist regularly in my life and created a doable and sustainable plan.
To begin, or to continue, creating your plan, download the checklist below. Find a little uninterrupted time in a comfortable place with no distractions. There’s no right or wrong answer, no judgement and you don’t even have to answer all the questions. You may even want to add a few questions of your own.
Check off the basic needs you are meeting regularly.
Self-Care Needs Checklist
- Do you usually get six to eight hours sleep?
- Do you eat something fresh and unprocessed every day?
- Do you spend time in nature, not matter how briefly?
- Do you drink enough water?
- Do you get enough sunlight, especially during winter?
- Do you schedule annual doctor’s appointments and check-ups?
- Do you get enough exercise?
- Do you make exercise fun?
- Are you hugged and do you hug often?
- Do you laugh often?
- Do you make time for friendships?
- Do you have someone you can turn to when you’re feeling down and need to talk?
- Do you ask for help when you need it?
- Do you express/release negative emotions?
- Do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake?
- Do you do things that give you a sense of fulfillment and purpose?
- Do you make time for solitude and quiet?
- Are you getting regular spiritual nourishment?
- Do you accept yourself for who you are?
- Do you accept compliments gracefully, without dodging or deflecting them?
- Do you avoid comparing yourself to others?
- Do you feel good about yourself without acceptance from others?
Use these questions as a guide to focus on how you are currently caring for yourself. The questions are simply a reminder of what you’re already doing that is working to care for your body, mind and soul.
Download the Self-Care Needs Workbook to get started on creating a self-care plan to meet your individual needs.
Are you just getting started with creating a self-care plan? Did you miss the previous posts? No worries. Follow the links below for more self-care articles, downloads and inspiration:
- How Do You Know If You Need a Self-Care Plan?
- Activities and Comforts To Include In a Self-Care Routine
- Falling In Love with Taking Care of Yourself
I’d love to chat.
Do you have a self-care plan? Do you know what in your life could use a little self-care? Do you ever get overly enthusiastic and jump to “all” about something or an idea?
be the best version of YOU