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.
- Life has a habit of getting in the way so don’t give up if you plans are interrupted.
- 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.