#FITFABFEB2019 Health & Wellness

How to create a Self-Care Plan for Life

February 19, 2019
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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.

  1.  Life has a habit of getting in the way so don’t give up if you plans are interrupted.
  2.  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?

 

 

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Miriam February 19, 2019 at 08:54

    Fabulous post Sue. I agree that it’s important to have some sort of an idea of how we can best look after ourselves. For me starting each day walking my dog always connects me to nature and, at the end of the day day, writing in my Gratitude Journal allows me to look back and appreciate even the smallest things. Thanks for the link too, very useful. Have a wonderful week. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 19, 2019 at 09:06

      Thank you Miriam. I loved the idea of a Self-Care Plan because I do like having a plan in place for most areas of my life. Is that boring?? You certainly have the start and finish to your day sorted and so good for your health and wellness. It doesn’t take much does it? It is just a matter of putting a ritual in place. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Christine February 19, 2019 at 09:10

    Good morning Sue, another fabulous post! The older and wiser I get the more I realise how important self care is. It is so true that we as wives, mothers, daughters etc put ourselves last. I have always felt guilty if I put myself first and still struggle with it. I am a work in progress! X

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 19, 2019 at 09:13

      Hi Christine, I think many of us in our demographic feel guilty about taking time for ourselves. Our mothers never did and so we feel that we shouldn’t either. However, if we look after our well being we will be a much better person for our family and friends as most importantly ourselves. Have a great day! xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle February 19, 2019 at 09:30

    Self-care is a topic very close to my heart Sue! It was something I neglected to do for myself for a very long time when life was at its busiest … and I paid the price. Nowadays it is a priority and it’s importance is very much noted! For me … rest & relaxation, not overloading myself, getting out in nature, having something to look forward to, a bit of pampering now and then (pedicure etc), time with friends, are just some of the things that I need to help me feel well. Thanks so much for linking this fabulous post with #ZTT. Enjoy your week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:06

      Hi Min, yes I know we feel and think the same way in many areas of our life. I do love your ZTT idea and that helps certainly to remind us to take better care of ourselves both physically and mentally. Pampering is wonderful isn’t it? Nothing like a mani/pedi or a visit to the hair salon to life our spirits. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Donna February 19, 2019 at 11:08

    Hi, Sue – Thank you again for such a thoughtful post. I am always inspired by how selflessly you help others.
    One of my top self-care tips is to read motivational blog posts like this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:07

      Oh you are lovely Donna and I truly appreciate your supportive comments. My daughter has introduced me to podcasts and there are so many motivational ones that I am discovering. I hope to share them all with you as I go along. Have a great weekend and thanks again for your friendship and support. Bring on September. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan February 19, 2019 at 17:49

    I am always looking to be more self-caring after being self-critical for decades. Like many I remain a work-in-progress but at least I recognise it now.

    Denyse #ztt

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:08

      Recognizing is the first step Denyse and although for many, including me, it is a WIP we can achieve a better balance of looking after ourselves as well as the needs of others. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by with your thoughts. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 19, 2019 at 22:23

    Hi Sue,
    Self care is something that I am trying to get better at. For many years the needs of my family came first and I am only now really carving out time to take better care of me. I agree with Donna that one of my ways to promote my own care is to read inspirational blogs like yours!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:10

      Hi Nancy, I think many of us feel that way especially if we had to fit in full time work as well as raising a family. Thank you for your lovely comment about my blog. When I try to inspire others I get the benefit of motivating and inspiring myself 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend, my friend. xx

  • Reply Nancy Andres February 20, 2019 at 02:11

    Wonderful post Sue (that I’ll pin and re-share) about a self-care plan for life. Especially like the way you broke it down to 6 areas of self-care to consider. Visiting you at the #ZTT LINK-UP where I shared Colors for self-compassion, healing, and recovery. Take good self-care and be well!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:15

      Hi Nancy, thank you for sharing my post and I’ve been busy this week so will definitely go back to ZTT and read your post. Colours do play an important role in our life, don’t they? We sometimes take that for granted. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Debbie February 20, 2019 at 18:19

    Hi Sue, you really are an inspiration with all you do in sharing your wisdom and experiences with us all. The link is really interesting and I must say I’m enjoying a process each day called bud, rose, thorn. It involves looking at the day and telling myself what was good (rose), what wasn’t so good and what I could do about it If anything, (thorn) and what I’m looking forward to tomorrow (the bud). I heard it on a podcast I listen to and it has helped me sort the day out in my mind each evening. It’s similar to writing a gratitude journal entry I suppose but it’s a quick and easy way to sort the day out in my mind.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2019 at 08:29

      Oh thank you Deb. I try to inspire others because that inspires me. I certainly don’t know all the answers but I like to impart things I’ve learned along the way which may be of benefit to others. Oh I love your bud, rose, thorn idea what a great analogy at looking at your day. I hope you write a post on it otherwise I will and credit you! 🙂

      • Reply Debbie February 22, 2019 at 12:16

        Thanks Sue, I was thinking of writing it up one day soon, but feel free to include it in one of your posts. I heard it from somewhere else so it’s not my original idea!

  • Reply Molly February 23, 2019 at 08:57

    LOVE this, Sue!
    As I head into full-time retirement, I want to be ready to go with gusto. Developing a self-care plan now is a great way to start 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 25, 2019 at 16:27

      Hi Molly I was not ready for retirement and definitely hadn’t thought it through. The Self Care Plan for Life is a great start so I’m pleased you found it useful. Have a wonderful week. xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb February 28, 2019 at 14:02

    My Winter Wellness Bucketlist posts really helped me to see how important identifying your ideas is to implementing them. These seasonal updates will be my self-care plan. I have to say – reading your various posts on wellness have certainly been motivating for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2019 at 16:04

      You have made my day with your comment Janet. My focus in writing my blog is to encourage others and motivate them and when I read that I have, it brings such satisfaction to me. Have a beautiful week! x

  • Reply Sigrid Chu February 28, 2019 at 14:29

    Hello Sue,

    Thank you for sharing! I would like to make my physical, mental and emotional health the priority of my self-care plan. It is easy to remember everybody else and neglect ourselves. Small steps count in the beginning.

    Best,
    Sigrid

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2019 at 16:05

      Hi Sigrid small steps all add up and they aren’t so overwhelming as trying to achieve everything immediately. As women we do tend to take care of others before ourselves but I think we are learning that we can and should do both. Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day xx

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