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

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
  • Physchological – 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?

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19 thoughts on “Tuesday’s tip: Creating a self-care plan for life

  1. Jennifer

    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.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      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

  2. Margaretha

    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!

  3. Shirley Corder

    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!)

  4. Linda Hobden

    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. 😊

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      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

  5. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    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!


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