Creating a self-care plan is not only healthy mentally and physically, it can help manage your stress and help overwhelm from taking over. Taking time to identify what makes you happy and prioritizing activities for yourself is the best way to maintain a positive life.
Prior to creating a self-care plan for myself, I was trying to fit ‘me time’ in whenever I could. Which basically meant every few weeks when I remembered. Days would pass and suddenly I was feeling run down, overwhelmed, and on edge. There are times this still happens, because life. However, taking the steps to write a plan down, printing it out, and reviewing it everyday has helped tremendously on making sure I’m taken care of.Self-care is giving the best of you instead of what's left of you Click To Tweet
There are different areas in your life that you will need to broken down into parts for your self-care needs, and are all equally important on taking care of yourself.
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How to write a Self-Care Plan
You will want to fill your self-care plan with activities that you enjoy, and keep it in a place that you can look at it often. Reflect on it and practice your self-care regularly.
- Identify activities
- Develop self-care plan
- Put plan into action
- Reevaluate after month to determine blocks and how to overcome them
These are things that help you stay fit and healthy. You have to take care of yourself first before you can be 100 percent.
- Get enough rest – at least 7-8 hours a night
- Healthy meals & snacks
- Going to the gym or exercising at least 3-4x a week
- Taking care of yourself when you get sick
These are activities that keep you less stressed, and keep overwhelm from taking over. These not only start at home, but go into your work and relationships as well.
- Meeting new people
- Writing daily gratitude or journal
- Focusing on a hobby non-work related
- Binge watch your favorite TV show or read a good book
- Learn something new & ask questions
- Think of something happy
- Schedule a stress break
This is about maintaining healthy and supportive relationships with your family, friends, and community.
- Schedule one on one time with a friend
- Making time for family
- Getting out to meet new people
- Connect with community with shared values
Maintaining a positive outlook on your work environment is vital to your self-care.
- Take lunch breaks
- Schedule down time
- Feel confident
- Have someone
My Self-Care Plan
This is completely different depending on if you stay at home, go to work, or what your plans are throughout the day. I stay home with my two children so I don’t have to actually get up and go anywhere, but I do have a routine that I try to stick to consistently.
– Morning –
- Wake up refreshed after 7-8 hours of sleep -This really is up and down with a 6 month old for me, so I try to get to bed at a decent hour knowing I’ll be up a few times.
- Make healthy breakfast for myself & 4 year old
- Watch news with cup of coffee
- Stretch & Meditate
- Review planner for the day
– Afternoon/Throughout the day –
- Continue drinking water
- Eat a healthy lunch
- Take a walk
- Carve out time for floor playtime
- Connect with community with shared values – getting out of the house as a SAHM is important. It takes effort for me sometimes as I enjoy being home, but if I don’t get out I start to get antsy.
- Set time away from technology
– Evening –
- Healthy dinner
- Hobby that I enjoy – working on my blog & crafts
- Shower/face routine with Fig & Flower Natural Beauty products
- Read 30 minutes or listen to podcast
- Watch 1-3 episodes of show after kids are in bed
- One on one time with fiance
Other ideas that you can add
- Positive affirmations
- Do Yoga
- Spend quality time with a friend/family member
- Color an adult coloring book
- Go on a hike
- Get ready without feeling rushed
- Make breakfast and be able to sit down and eat it
- Enjoy a cup of coffee or White Coconut Creme Tea
- Listen to your favorite podcast or song on your way to work
- Tackle an item on your to-do list
- Mindfully walk
- One on one time with friend
- Make time for self reflection
- Take time away from technology
- Find positive activities to take part in
- Find new things to make you laugh
- Use your sick leave
Self-care is about taking care of yourself, and it doesn’t need to always be out of the house or where you have to spend a ton of money. Self-care can also be done by taking the time out to get needed things accomplished to make your home and mind feeling refreshed.
It’s all about creating balance in your life. How do you balance your personal life and fit self-care in?