#SelfCareinSeptember Health & Wellness

Self-Care in September – Part 1

September 8, 2019
World Mental Health Day

Self-Care in September is not just about pampering, it is about looking at ways you day incorporate daily self-care for your mind, body and soul. The most important part of Self-Care is to develop a Self-Care Plan and that is my tip for Day 1. My Self-Care plan has been put into place and I am taking some time out to visit Alaska and Canada with my husband. I’ve scheduled the posts for Self-Care in September and I’m ready to go and have some Rest, Relaxation and Adventure.

Whilst I am gone, I have some guests each week who are sharing their thoughts on Self-Care and what it means to them. Join them each Thursday on the blog.

Self-Care in September – Part 1

Day 1 – Develop a Self-Care Plan

Self-care is something that we either feel guilty about or just don’t make the time. Yet, how can we age well and be healthy and happy without it? Developing a Self-Care Plan to schedule in time for yourself and including some non-negotiables is a good way to start. On Day 1 of Self-Care in September will you make the time to start a Self-Care Plan? Not sure how? You can read my post on How to create a self-care plan for life

30 days of Self-Care Part 1
Day 1 – Develop a Self-Care Plan


Life is too noisy isn’t it? Technology is useful but noise from our phones, computers, television, other people can become too loud for us to think clearly. Take time today to unplug from noise and sit quietly with your thoughts.

Day 2 – Unplug from Noise


I love dining out and good food – don’t we all? However, if we want to age well we need to eat nourishing food. Life is hectic even if we are retired and it is too easy to grab for a quick unhealthy snack or meal. Your body and mind need nourishment – like a care needs fuel. Meal planning is a good way to make sure you are making healthier food options. Make one day a week to prepare a weekly menu, write a shopping list and maybe even prepare some healthy snacks and meals for the week.

30 days of Self-Care Part 1
Day 3 – Nourish your body


We know we need to exercise which includes cardio and strength workouts to keep healthy and active. But we don’t necessarily have to push ourselves to the extreme every day. Incorporating some gentle exercise such as morning stretching, yoga and pilates will keep our bodies flexible and functionally fit plus reduce stress and improve our mental well-being.

30 days of Self-Care Part 1
Day 4 – Bring gentle exercise into each day


We are our harshest critics and sometimes put pressure on ourselves. I know I do. Accepting that we aren’t perfect and that if we give our best that is good enough takes such a load of our minds, reduces stress and anxiety and allows us to be more accepting of ourselves and others.

Day 5 – Let Go of Perfectionism


Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget what is really important to us. Taking time to reassess what our priorities are will ensure that we doing the things we want in life.

Day 6 – Reassess your priorities


Could you go for a walk alone, without technology and just enjoy time out in nature? Mindfulness walking helps us to focus on our thoughts and also encourages us to appreciate our surroundings and being in the moment. Include a regular ‘Mindfulness Walk’ in your Self-Care plan.

Day 7 – Take a daily mindfulness walk


Quiet time for meditation, reflection or prayer brings calm to our lives. Start your day with a quiet meditation and end with reflection of your day. It slows you down, it makes you relax and it helps you to find peace and gratitude

30 days of Self-Care Part 1
Day 8 – Practice daily meditation

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  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan September 9, 2019 at 03:05

    Oh, Sue, not only is this post full of wise words and suggestions, but it is just lovely. Scrolling down as I read, I was moved by the care you have taken to find the perfect graphics and to make your blog such a peaceful retreat for your readers. Love ‘buy the shoes’ and ‘unplug from noise’. Both of my grands are extremely sensitive to noise and I think I must be, too, in my older age. No wonder I loved being a (somewhat noisy) librarian.

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 9, 2019 at 07:27

    Some great ideas here and for the month ahead. Personally, I am very fond of a cuddle (both giving and receiving) and I have been making a concerted effort to unplug from technology. Thanks for the reminder about meal planning, we’ve had a hectic few weeks of eating out and I am really looking forward to planning ahead and cooking healthy homemade meals in the kitchen!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl September 9, 2019 at 08:23

    Great ideas and techniques for me to incorporate into this month and beyond, Sue. It’s heading to the silly season and I do need some kind of self care routine to keep myself ticking along.

    So far, I’ve come to love at least one gentler exercise session per week, yoga each evening and being active in reducing my screen time.

    SSG xxx

  • Reply Jo September 9, 2019 at 11:08

    It’s the noise that resonates with me – no pun intended. Not just noise noise, but the noise in my head sometimes. I’ve just started getting up earlier than the usual stupid o clock I rise at to try and fit in some meditation of sorts. As always, great ideas and prompts.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au September 9, 2019 at 11:44

    Hi Sue – I feel more serene just looking at your lovely post and all the gentle pictures you added into it. There were some great prompts there and I felt good just knowing that I’d ticked several of them off already – and I’m working on some of the others.

  • Reply Donna Connolly September 9, 2019 at 13:58

    Hi, Sue – Once again, there are very useful tips here. I look forward to discussing them with you in person soon.

  • Reply Pamela Graham September 9, 2019 at 17:34

    Your perfect list puts life in perspective. It’s so easy to get tied up in minutiae and forget the really important issues. Take time to smell the roses!
    Pamela from http://www.style-yourself-confident.com visiting from denysewhelan.com.au

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 11, 2019 at 19:13

    As I write you are on the big Canadian Air jet inching you closer to your longed-for holiday. Great tips here Sue. Thank you.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 37/51 What Is Love? 16/9/19. Do hope you join in. Denyse.

  • Reply Deborah September 11, 2019 at 20:17

    I really need to pay some attention to this at the moment as I’m hovering between overwhelm and purposelessness. I think I might need to play catch-up as I’m starting late. (Also, happy holidays!)

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins September 13, 2019 at 02:19

    This is a lovely post, Sue,
    I’ve ignored my self-care for years in favor of caring for kids, husband, and career. Now I have a bit more time to focus on myself. I’ve gotten better with the meditation – I’ve found an app that helps me do deep, focused breathing which I am using twice a day, morning and evening. I’m working on several of the other ones, too. Unplugging from technology and noise is particularly hard.

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 18, 2019 at 06:41

    Great post! There’s a lot to do there #MLSTL (I’ve been uppiung exercise daily, usually first thing, and it’s really raised my mood)

  • Reply Donna McNicol September 18, 2019 at 07:00

    Wonderful post….I see much work ahead of me. #MLSTL

  • Reply Bree September 18, 2019 at 08:51

    What a wonderful post. I certainly need to do quite a few of these. I do take my dogs to the beach without noise and I take them for walks also. No headphones just walk and I chat to the dogs. I go to the gym but sometimes the noise of the music they play is so loud and bumpy. argh…but Im going to try and do your tips…thank you #MLSTL

  • Reply Natalie September 18, 2019 at 09:48

    Hi Sue – Very useful tips as usual. I love Day #5 tip. Look forward to meeting you IRL soon. #MLSTL

  • Reply Candi Randolph September 18, 2019 at 10:26

    All good reminders, Sue, and for me it’s about slowing down a little bit and knowing that it is okay to do that. xo

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle September 18, 2019 at 11:28

    I hope you’re having a fabulous holiday Sue! Self-Care is something I have become much improved at. I recognise what helps me and when it is needed. I don’t have an actual plan, I’ve just learnt through trial and error what works for me and what doesn’t, when self-care is needed, and what kind at certain times. I do think though that I need to switch off from devices more! xo

  • Reply Donna Connolly September 18, 2019 at 12:00

    Shared on my Social Media. #MLSTL #3daysandcounting!

  • Reply Jennifer Jones September 18, 2019 at 16:22

    This is a lovely post Sue with great advice the most challenging of your tips for me would be meditation. Probably should think seriously about it .

  • Reply Jo September 18, 2019 at 17:13

    Hi Sue, I’m working on several of these, and your lovely images made me want to get more proactive with those that I’m not doing. I’ve Pinned several of them. #MLSTL and Pinned

  • Reply Jennifer September 18, 2019 at 21:43

    Selfcare is so important. This year, I’ve been focusing on Extreme Self Care based on Cheryl Richardson’s book. Each month takes a different, very specific focus. But I’m loving your September SelfCare Calendar and have pinned it for reference.

  • Reply Pamela Perrault September 19, 2019 at 00:40

    Good morning Sue. I thoroughly enjoy your writing style and my life absolutely does need a self-care plan. I’ve read through this several times now and am almost immediately going to begin my day one project. Thank you so much for sharing this sage advice. Enjoy your time in Canada – I’m guessing you’re in the pacific north-west somewhere if you’re going to Alaska. It’s surely one of the most dramatically beautiful spots on earth. pp

  • Reply Debbie Harris September 19, 2019 at 00:41

    I needed to read through this again Sue as I struggle through the month. Great words of advice from your beautiful soul. Thanks so much for your care. Enjoy your trip and say hello to Donna and the others from me xx #mlstl

  • Reply Christie Hawkes September 20, 2019 at 11:24

    Such good advice Sue. Thanks for leaving it for us while you are out enjoying life. Happy travels!

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