The end of another year is fast approaching and we will be looking to a New Year and the usual resolutions. I stopped making Resolutions because for many of us our good intentions last a month, if we are lucky, and then fall by the wayside. I decided to make a Life Plan that could be adjusted when I needed it to be but would be a long term WIP for a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Self-care, which is basically looking after and nurturing ourselves, has been quite a popular topic lately and many articles have been written about the importance of self care. Day 11 in my #25daycountdowntoahappychristmas was about taking the time to pamper ourselves.
That is fine for a day but….
How do we keep the momentum going and create a self-care plan not just for a month but for life?
Why do we need a self-care plan?
I came across a post which actually advised creating a self-care plan. History has shown that women have always been care-givers and usually put themselves last. This can be detrimental not only to our health but also our relationships.
Who wants to hang out with someone who is tired and irritable because they are always giving and not making time for themselves?
It’s time to create a self-care plan for life
There are a couple of things we need to remember when creating our self-care plan for life.
- Life has a habit of getting in the way so don’t give up if you plans are interrupted.
- Each of us is different and we are all individuals. Therefore, one self-care plan will not fit all. We need to create a self-care plan that will be suitable for ourselves.
6 areas of self-care to consider
The article I read details six areas of self-care activities that need to be addressed:
- Workplace or Professional – ways to keep your work standard at an acceptable level
- Physical – ways to keep your body and mind healthy and fit to provide energy for work and play
- Psychological – ways to rest, relax and recover to keep good mental health and clarity
- Emotional – Being able to experience your full range of emotions
- Spiritual – taking the time to step out of day-to-day life
- Relationships – ensuring your relationships are healthy and supportive
This article http://au.professionals.reachout.com/developing-a-self-care-plan provides a template you can download to get you started on your own individual self-care plan. I think this is a valuable tool in setting down what your ideas are. I would recommend that you read the article in full as it provides some examples for each of the 6 areas.
Once you have created your self-care plan, place it somewhere prominent so you see it every day. The article also suggests revisiting at the end of each month to re-assess how you are progressing or to make any changes you feel necessary.
What is one thing you do just for you?
What can you change in your current areas of your life to develop your personalised self-care plan?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!