Defining self-care is easy because it's the opposite of self-sabotage or self-control. To successfully achieve self-care, you must have a self-care plan. It's through that structured plan that you're going to be able to care properly for your very being.
Self-care isn't just about brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Self-care is for the needs within you. Self-care is caring for your soul, your inner self, and your very being. Here are three reasons why you should start creating a good self-care plan.
1It Reminds You Of Your Goals
You have values, goals, and a purpose in your life. This plan reminds you of what you need to do to take care of you. Using a day planner or making notes to yourself can remind you of your goals and the things you need to do to take care of your body, mind, and soul. Your self-care plan gives you a solid foundation for what you want to do and how you can accomplish it.
You should also provide yourself with inspirational quotes and affirmations. This is the spiritual food that keeps you focused on your own personal well-being. Not only do you have the reminders of what to do, but you also have little pieces of inspiration around you to remind you of why you're doing it!
In addition to inspirational quotes, you can hang motivating pictures throughout your home and office. These pictures may be of exotic places you'd like to visit someday or tranquil images of nature. Your portrait may be something that you want to attract into your life or may remind you of a positive memory from your past. You can also have a photo of your family to remind you of what's important to you.
2It Inspires You
A good self-care plan should inspire you and remind you of why you want to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. You may need to motivate yourself to initiate your self-care plan. For some, beginning any new task may be daunting. In addition, you'll want to be sure you can find motivation along the way to help keep you on track. Ask yourself about what has motivated you in the past, and use this as your motivation towards the things you need to do to take care of yourself.
3It Tracks Your Progress
Another aspect of your self-care plan is tracking your progress. Let's say you have a hard time getting motivated to exercise. By keeping a log of your exercise time, you can keep yourself focused on achieving a healthier you.
A food journal is also a good way to track your food choices, so you can remind yourself that you need to eat nutritious foods. In addition, you can use a journal to record your mental and emotional health. Write down what's going on inside of you, so you can evaluate your feelings and proactively take care of your mental health. Your self-care plan tracks your progress to help you stay on track towards your goals.
You can use these aspects of planning toward anything in your life, so you have that solid foundation you need to take care of yourself. Just make sure to take care of the inside as well as the outside. A good motivator to keep you on track is to have a family member, a friend, or a spouse hold you accountable. If you slip up in your efforts to proactively take care of yourself, they will let you know, so you can renew your focus and get back on course.
It's important to have some sort of structure in place for successful self-care. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. A good self-care plan will provide you with the vigor, attitude, and energy to enjoy life to its fullest!
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."