31 days to focus on you

Tuesday’s tip: Creating a self-care plan for life

July 18, 2017
Creating a self-care plan for life

We are into our third week of our 31 days to Focus on YOU series and I’ve written a couple of posts about self-care.  However, they have been about ticking off some items from our 31 day self-care list.

So how do we keep the momentum going and create a self-care plan not just for a month but for life?

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.

But what is it and what do we do?

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?

So 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.

  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

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!

 

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34 Comments

  • Reply Donna July 18, 2017 at 09:44

    This template is very useful, Sue. Thanks so much for sharing it here!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:34

      Yes I thought it was a good starting point Donna!

  • Reply Jennifer July 18, 2017 at 21:55

    Self-care is so important and so is having a flexible plan. When I was younger, my plans used to be set in stone and I’d get upset if anything knocked them out of place. I’ve learned that’s such an impossible thing to do. Life is messy and doesn’t follow my To-Do list.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:32

      You are so right Jennifer. I still am fighting the ‘set in stone’ attitude but perhaps now that I’m almost 60 I might be actually become a little more flexible. Have a great day and thanks for visiting. xx

  • Reply Debbie July 18, 2017 at 22:45

    Theses are great tips Sue, thanks so much for sharing your wisdom.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:32

      I love that you think I have wisdom to impart Debbie! LOL:) Thanks as always for your support. xx

  • Reply Jodie filogomo July 18, 2017 at 22:56

    You really come up with the best ideas, Sue!
    OXOX

  • Reply Margaretha July 19, 2017 at 01:29

    This is so important. A self-care plan is not just for 31 days, or three months or even for three years. It is for life, not just until you have lost the extra weight!

  • Reply Shirley Corder July 19, 2017 at 03:13

    I agree totally with the self-care plan, and to that I would add a home-care plan. LOL! Not in the sense of having a carer, but caring enough for your home that it looks loved. Does that make sense? (I’m starting mine tomorrow!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:24

      I like the idea of a home-care plan Shirley – mine could really use one LOL:) Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Linda Hobden July 19, 2017 at 08:46

    Great ideas Sue – I am trying to make sure I keep up my fitness levels & have been doing some total body challenges on a daily basis with personal trainer. My husband & I have been introducing healthier foods into our general diets – wholewheat pastas, almond milk, fruit & veg etc. Subtle lifestyle changes maybe but they have made a vast difference to our general wellbeing, energy levels & happiness. ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 21, 2017 at 07:20

      Personal trainers are really helpful aren’t they Linda. I love mine and I know I wouldn’t work out as hard if I didn’t have her. You are right about being healthy it really is just about making those small changes to diet and lifestyle. xx

  • Reply Carol A Cassara July 19, 2017 at 12:10

    This would certainly be enough to keep any woman busy for en entire lifetime!

  • Reply Monica Matthews, how2winscholarships.com July 19, 2017 at 21:00

    This is wonderful advice. It’s so easy to put off what we should do every single day. Keeping the plan where we can see it everyday is smart!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 21, 2017 at 07:14

      Thanks Monica! I’m a visual person so I like to see where I’m at and where I’m going. have a great day!

  • Reply Jean | DelightfulRepast.com July 21, 2017 at 23:43

    Sue, one self-care thing I do “just for me” is get regular massages. They do me a world of good! So I don’t let anything get in the way of that. Short on time, short on money, I’ll take the time or money from something else in order to keep up on my massages. I recommend it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2017 at 06:12

      Oh that sounds perfect Jean and a reminder for me to book in a massage! Have a lovely weekend and enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Julie S Pit Stop Crew July 24, 2017 at 08:33

    Some really brilliant ideas you shared with us at the Pot Stop Sue, thank yo so much 🙂

    Pit Stop Crew

  • Reply Sheena July 24, 2017 at 09:20

    I have all too many time forgotten to take care of myself and in the end it makes things so much worse and harder. I am a homeschooling Mom of four and I rarely away from the children or alone. At the end of the year last year we started once a week I would go and have some time alone. Usually it meant me with my computer, journal, Bible at Starbuck or Dunkin’ Donuts blogging or reading my Bible. But its always renewing for me to have that time away.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2017 at 13:41

      Good for you Sheena in making that decision to have some time to yourself. Home schooling would give you very little time alone I could imagine so I’m sure you do appreciate your ‘me time’ even more. Have a beautiful week x

  • Reply Jan Wild July 24, 2017 at 16:17

    Yes I think all women need a big sign up in every room of the house which asks “What did I do for me today?”

  • Reply Beverly July 26, 2017 at 00:29

    What a great post. Having a plan is always helpful.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 26, 2017 at 10:34

      Thanks Bev it is always good to have a plan as a reminder to look after ourselves.

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  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb August 27, 2018 at 10:40

    Great post Sue! I have been focusing on making sure that I am eating well. I’d gotten lazy and it was beginning to manifest in my energy level and general health. I’m feeling great about getting back into the kitchen to cook for me. And making sure I exercise even when I can’t get out on my bike or to the lake for a walk. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:18

      My pleasure, Janet. I hadn’t meant to republish but I updated the photos and suddenly wordpress publishes it in the thread. You must have been meant to read it! Have a beautiful day and great job with the healthier eating xx

      • Reply Janet Mary Cobb August 27, 2018 at 13:26

        Sue – I didn’t notice this was an earlier post – not sure how I missed the original. But glad I found it this time around!

        • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 16:16

          Actually it was part of my 31 days to Focus on YOU series which I wrote in July last year. 🙂 Glad you liked it though!

  • Reply cathi August 28, 2018 at 08:18

    I’m giving up Coke Zero.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2018 at 09:36

      Good for you Cathi!!! Have a great week xx

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