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Plan and manage your self care (like a pro)

How do you make a self care plan that suits your individual needs and will work for you everyday?

There’s nothing more empowering than taking responsibility for our own wellness.

And if it isn’t okay, a self care plan shows what we need to do to get back on track.

I’m sharing how easy it is for you to create your own self-care plan that will work for you everyday.

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Self care is …

Self-care is everything we do with intention for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

When we’re:

  • not checking social media at night when we know it affects our sleep
  • resting when we are feeling ill or below-par
  • making important decisions like saying no to excessive demands from employers
  • making conscious and deliberate choices that look after us and our well-being

That’s looking after ourselves and practicing self care in everyday life.

The importance of self care

Well-being affects our emotions and actions. 

If we’re looking after our well-being, we’re able to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what we want out of life, reducing stress and reducing the risk of illness. 

  • self care prevents disease, reduces stress and improve mental health 
  • self care encourages us to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves 
  • feeling good about ourselves and taking care of our health are important for self-esteem and self-image.

When we take time to check in with ourselves, we learn about our self-care needs by spotting patterns and recognising which self care areas need more attention. 

If we’re taking care of ourselves, we’re living our best lives, every day.

5 key areas of self care

Having a basic understanding of the areas of self care will help you towards making better choices for your health and lifestyle every day.

1. Physical self care

Exercise; appropriate sleep; hygiene; a healthy diet/nutrition; managing minor illnesses

2. Emotional self care

Emotional self-regulation; being aware of our emotions and sharing those feelings with others; anger management; self-soothing

3. Social self care

Our social network (not social media); all our social interactions and friendships; connecting with others to form positive relationships 

4. Spiritual self care

A sense of purpose; a sense of direction; a sense of meaning; a connection to nature or a higher power 

5. Professional self care

Job satisfaction and fulfilment; work-life balance; opportunities for professional growth; projects that are rewarding and interesting

As well as the above key areas there are three more areas:

Intellectual self care

Engaging our minds; learning new skills and knowledge; exploring new environments

Financial self care

Financial stability; income, expenses, and debts owed; basic life expenses (food, water, housing, transportation, insurance)

Environmental self care

Our relationship with our immediate personal surroundings and the larger community where we live and work; leading a lifestyle valuing the relationship between ourselves, our community and the environment

icons that represent the key areas of self care

All the different self care areas are connected to each other and all impact each other. 

Which means that when we improve one area, it’s highly likely to have a positive effect on our health and well-being as a whole.

Why do we need a self care plan?

  • Creating your unique self care plan when you are calm and can think about what you might need means that you’ll have a self care routine in place for when you need it.
  • It’s preventative – with a self care plan that we use every day we’re trying our best to make sure that we don’t reach burnout.
  • You’re more likely to keep to a plan you’ve already made that is unique to your needs.
  • You’ll know what to do in times of crises.
  • Instead of reacting blindly to situations and events you will be in control with a healthy response you’ve already planned.
  • It will keep you focused.
  • Having a self care plan will help you to keep on track with your everyday self care routines.

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How to create a self care plan

Swipe your free self care planner as a starting point. It will help you to reflect on your everyday life now and set goals for your self care plan.

Step One

Using the self care assessment in the planner, rate how well you are doing in the following self care areas:  Physical Self-Care, Emotional Self-Care, Social Self-Care, Spiritual Self-Care, Professional Self-Care.

Step Two

Using the information from your assessment, spend some time thinking about the activities you love.

Step Three

Create your self care goals using the goal planner page. 

There’s space to write your goal and the steps you need to take to achieve it. This will help you keep on track.

Free self care planner

first page in the free self care planner for a self care assessment
Blank self care assessment planner page free

Free Printable

Download a self-care planner to help you get organised.

Sticking to your self care plan

The key to sticking to your self care plan is finding activities that you love.

Be curious and open to experiencing new things and experiment. There is no wrong answer. It’s what fits with you. What makes you feel good.

Join in challenges that support your plan.

If you need validation, join in with the self care Sunday community.

Self-care Checklist

Once you know what will work for you, use a self care checklist as a reminder.

Pin it where you will see it often to remind you!

Pink and grey blank self care checklist

Free Printable

Download a blank self care checklist

Strengthening each self care area by creating your self care plan will give you a strong foundation for living your best life, every day. 

Enjoy the journey!

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