When was the last time you took care of yourself, like really took care of yourself? Do you keep a self-care journal? If so, is it looking a little empty?
Self-care is crucial for your happiness and wellbeing. Without it, the mind and body can quickly find themselves out of sync, leading to all kinds of problems. It can also hold you back from being the person you were born to be.
So, if you struggle with self-care, in the self-care journal section of the blog, you’ll discover why now is the time to change that and how it can help with self-discovery.
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What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?
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 properly care 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.
Self-care only works when you listen to your body, and do what you want without resistance. For me, I've learned to do what I want to do in the moment. So if I randomly feel like reading a few pages of a fictional novel or walking my dog, I do it. I don't push it aside or promise myself I'll do it later, I do it right then. Psych Central
Building a Solid Self-Care Plan (or keeping a self-care journal)
A good self-care plan reminds you of what you want to accomplish. After all, 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 pictures 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.
Stick to the basics. Over time you will find your own rhythm and routine. You will be able to implement more and identify more particular forms of self-care that work for you. Psych Central
- Your self-care plan should inspire you and remind you of why you want to take care of your body, mind, and spirit.
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.
You don't have to keep a self-care journal. 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 toward 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.
It's easy to neglect exercise when you're overextended because, well, exercise requires time, energy, and often a change of clothes or trip to the shower. It's daunting, messy, and uncomfortable. Life Hacker
Creating a Personalized Self-Care Plan
This is where creating a self-care journal comes into its own!
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. Use this as your motivation toward the things you need to do to take care of yourself.
By incorporating self-care activities into your regular routine, like going for a walk or socializing with friends, you give your body and mind time to rest, reset, and rejuvenate, so you can avoid or reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Black Dog Institute
A good motivator to keep you on track is to have a family member, friend, or 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 vigour, attitude, and energy to enjoy life to its fullest!
Identify the things that matter to you This may seem easy, but it can be challenging to practice. You need to ask yourself the tough questions to identify the things that matter to you the most. Perimeter Healthcare