What is self-care? Basically, self-care is caring for yourself in the ways that you need to be cared for. It’s making sure that you do the things in life that make you feel good in order to maintain your wellbeing. This could include eating nourishing food, going for a walk, talking to friends, reading, meditation, cleaning your house, etc. It looks and feels different for everyone.
Many of us can live life in a blur and then suddenly realise that we no longer do a lot of things that we love to do. For example, maybe you used to love to be artistic, do yoga, or dance around your home, but you don’t seem to do any of those things anymore. We usually cut out the things we enjoy most when life gets busy. This is ok short term, but long term this can cause some serious stress, burnout, and illness. But don’t worry, I’m here to sort you out and tell you how to make a top-notch self-care plan.
How to make a self-care plan
I give all my clients the same formula and I’m going to give it to you now (you lucky thing you). Grab a piece of paper and create three columns. Your three categories are “Physical, Emotional, Environmental”. In each category you are going to write down three thing you can do to benefit your wellbeing in that area. Pick three things that you can easily and realistically fit into your schedule.
Write down three physical things that you can add into your week. These are things that make you feel good. If you hate running, then don’t write running (even if you feel like that is the kind of things you should right down). Your lists are only to include things that you LOVE.
Here are a few ideas
Go for a walk
Stretch every morning
Organise to play sports with my friend/family/kid.
Dance around your home to cheesy music
Massage your own hands and feet every evening before bed
Paint your nails once a week
Do a facemask
Try doing something different with your hair
Take more breaks
These are things that care for your emotional wellbeing. Consider what makes you feel great and write down three or more things.
Here are some examples
Smile at your reflection
Say positive affirmations
Write in a journal
Seeing friends or family
Hosting a games night
Taking time to daydream everyday
Drinking tea and gazing out the window
This category can also include actions such as seeing a life coach, a therapist, etc. Just write down the things that make you feel good and energised.
The environment around you has a massive impact on how you feel. Consider ways in which you can make your environment a nicer place to be, so you feel good when you’re in it.
Here’s some ideas
Clean you home
Make your bed
Deep clean one thing in your home each week
Add some plants or fresh flowers to your home
Clear out and donate any unwanted items in your home
Donate clothes that no longer fit you
Light some candles, incense, or essential oils
Open a window for a few minutes everyday
Play relaxing music in your home
What happens next?
Once you have chosen your three actions for each category I want to write down when you can fit these actions into your week. If something seems unrealistic or not manageable then just change it for something else that will work for you.
Here’s an example of a simple three-day self-care plan
11.00 Enjoy a herbal tea and daydream
13.30 Go for a short stroll after lunch
20.00 Paint instead of watching tv
8.00 Stretch in the morning
13.00 Have lunch with a friend
18.00 Walk home from work
8.00 Make my bed and tidy up my home
13.00 Doodle during my lunch break
10.30 Meditate before bed
So that’s how you create a self-care plan. Remember that this is an ongoing thing, so feel free to keep adjusting your self-care plan as your life changes. Maybe add another category or just focus on taking care of the basics. Self-care is about doing what works for you to make you feel good. You deserve it x