HOW TO CREATE A SELF-CARE PLAN

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How to create a self-care plan

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.

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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.

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Relationship
  • Professional




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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

Physical

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

Emotional

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

Relationship

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

Professional

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
  • Draw/paint
  • Dance
  • 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
  • Meditate/Reflect
  • Use your sick leave

Remember…

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?

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14 Comments

  • Reply Brenna

    I really love all of these ideas! I’ve started journaling and then moved that into blogging! And it’s great, I’ve also tried working a little bit of yoga into my morning routine!!!

    May 31, 2017 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply Emi

    What a great self-care plan! So often we get entangled in the day to day activities that we forget about ourselves. Will try to implement a plan like this!

    May 31, 2017 at 11:23 AM
  • Reply elina

    I agree — your suggestions are good and as an older person, I know what works for me. Music, art, dance. Wonderful.

    May 31, 2017 at 11:39 AM
  • Reply Melissa

    I’ve definitely had to make the conscious choice to prioritize self care. I used to make to-do lists each day, and things for my own well being were on there but because they weren’t scheduled in for a certain time they always ended up being the items on the list that I didn’t get to. So now I not only have what I call a “maintenance” self care plan, but an “emergency” one for when times get tough and I need to take care of me. Great ideas and beautiful blog!

    May 31, 2017 at 1:22 PM
  • Reply Leah

    I’ve been needing an article like this. I had to pin it to my Pinterest account! I loved how you organized the article too. Good job!

    June 1, 2017 at 12:09 PM
  • Reply Mae

    This is soo important! You did a great job laying it all out. Thank you for the reminder!

    June 1, 2017 at 2:13 PM
  • Reply Willow

    I try to make self-care a priority, but when I don’t my body lets me know. Then I get sick and am forced to take a day off!
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    June 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM
  • Reply Kuleigh

    These are all really good tips. I think all too often we put ourselves last instead of first which is a shame because we’re not able to offer the best version of ourselves to others that way!

    June 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Amanda

    I think it’s important to remember what you highlight is that selfcare is essential across all aspects of your life.

    So everything from physical, emotional, personal and professional.

    I think people forget that and compartmentalise their self care efforts to only one aspect.

    Great advice here thanks for sharing!

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    June 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM
  • Reply Dia All The Things I Do

    I love this so much! We are all so busy and often as women our needs are the last to be met. Journaling and meditation have been such a huge part of my self care in 2017
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    June 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Seppy

    I think having a self-care plan is so important! I’ve slowly been figuring out what I need depending on what’s going on in my life and it really helps to know what I need to do when I’m feeling run down

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    October 15, 2017 at 9:03 PM
  • Reply Megan

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post! I enjoy seeing what others do for a self care routine. So inspiring!

    October 16, 2017 at 6:11 PM
  • Reply Glaiza Binayas

    This is inspiring! I love your other posts too. 💕

    http://www.glimmerofhappiness.wordpress.com

    October 19, 2017 at 7:49 AM
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