What do you think of when you hear the term self-care? Is it a tropical getaway on an exotic island or a luxurious day at the spa? Perhaps these examples are not maintainable on a daily basis and can make self-care something that is done every now and again. It is recommended to practice self-care daily even if it is for just 5 minutes on those super busy days. It’s about being intentional and consistent!
Psychology Today summarised it well: “When we neglect self-care, all other areas of our lives are neglected as well.” Here are some areas that can benefit or suffer if we don’t tend to ourselves:
- Mental Health
As the old proverb says, “You cannot pour from an empty cup” and how true is that! So, what does it look like to fill your cup? You can find some self-care ideas here.
Once you have established ways that you can self-care why not include it in your schedule? The likelihood to make it happen can be much greater if you have created some margin for self-care rather than leaving it to chance. Here is a sample of what your self-care planner can look like and feel free to use this one if you wish.
On a final note, my encouragement to you is to be patient with yourself especially if self-care is new to you. If you don’t keep according to plan just pick up from where you left off and keep on having another go. If you are practicing self-care already perhaps you might revisit what you are doing and see if it’s still working for you. Change happens in our lives and sometimes our self-care plan changes too. You are worth the time! Until next time. C