Self care 101: A checklist to help you take care of your mind, body, and spirit

 Do you ever have those days when you don't feel like your normal self and end up indulging in chocolate or letting out a few tears? That is a result of neglecting your self care needs and allowing your day to day life to have control over you mentally, physically, and emotionally. When you do not put yourself first, it will eventually catch up to you by affecting your mood, job, and relationships with others. In this blog post, we will teach you a few new ways to explore self care by creating a self care checklist! A self care check list is a great way to stay motivated, remain on track during stressful situations, and a fun way to see how quickly your mental, physical, and spiritual health improves!

 

What is a self care checklist?  

A self care checklist is the simplest way to hold ourselves accountable to achieve our best life! The checklist is a guide to achieve your goals for self love, positive thinking, and balance. Grab pen and paper or use a Word document to create a list of tasks you would like to complete for the week. This list is highly personal for you, so dig deep, and choose what you need to do to live your best life. We suggest you brainstorm in a quiet space so that you are able to identify, analyze, and focus on ways to improve your self care. There are many activities that fall under the category of self care such as scheduling a hair appointment or meditating every morning before going to work. But remember your activities do not have to very big-start small.

 

Create a template 

Here we created a template that includes the date, day of the week, time of day, and a section to write an affirmation. Take your list from your brainstorm session and break your list into daily segments so that you hit each improvement and not feel overwhelmed. This is also a great way to stay organized and a reminder to take time for yourself daily. A couple of things to consider: be mindful of your time and be realistic with your routine. There are only 24 hours in a day so think of things that are negotiable with your main responsibilities. 

Quick tips:

1. At the start of each week take 10-15 minutes to fill in your template Sunday through Monday

2. Print extra copies of your schedule-stick one in your purse, place a copy on your refrigerator, tape a copy on your bathroom mirror

3. Take a picture of your schedule and set it as your background on your devices so it is readily available when needed!



Affirmations aka speak it into existence! 

Speak every positive thing you want to happen in your life out loud. Your affirmations will take you a long way and the best part is you are your own hype man! Try to repeat your affirmation of the day 3x -verbally or written down in a journal. Whatever you choose, all we ask is that you believe in what you are saying; do not place doubt or fear within your affirmation.

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