Self-care promotion is everywhere at the moment and we have all read the importance of taking time out for ourselves. We usually start with good intentions but soon life takes over and looking after ourselves takes a back seat.
So how do we keep the momentum going and create a self-care plan not just for a month but for life?
What is self-care and what can we do?
We all know that women have always been care-givers and usually put themselves last. They make sure they nurture and support their family and friends but not their own needs. 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?
How 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
I recently read an article that details six areas of self-care activities we need to address as part of our self-care plan.
- 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.
Now over to You! What is one thing you can do just for yourself each week?
We all have 168 hours in a week, surely you can schedule some ‘self-care’ time? Right now, schedule in 1 hour each day for yourself and 1 hour each week to do something extra special.
What can you change in your current areas of your life to develop your personalised self-care plan?