If we all had a self-care plan how healthy would you, your family, community, city, state, country or world be?

Self-care is important but many neglect themselves for various reasons. We feel we need to prioritize being the best mom, dad, partner, sister, friend, brother, aunt, uncle, employee, above taking care of our self. Or we feel our work, our school, our volunteering obligations should come before ourselves.

But we can only give as much to others as we give to ourselves.

I learned this not too long ago. While my self-care plan has varied throughout the years, it’s been in the forefront of my day-to-day life for the past 18 months. I implement items in my self-care plan every day, even in the midst of a 65-hour work week.
Before I took a stand for me, I was exhausted, looking for ways to decrease my workload, and retreating to my bed and sleep was a norm. When I woke up, I was still tired. Working in the mental health and educational field, you have to show up for your clients and students, however. They depend on you.
I knew I had to make a change if I wanted to be the best that I could for my clients and also for myself. I looked at my schedule and found ways to give time to myself, but also time for my clients. I wanted to be more effective as a person and a clinician. I wanted space for myself.
To hold myself accountable, I created a self-care visionary board and placed it in my bathroom. This is an example of my plan:
The theme of my Self-Care plan: Authenticity
1. Schedule a 90 minute massage once a month
2. Get my nails and feet done once or twice a month
3. Get my hair done once a month
4. Do something that involves movement ( yoga, dancing, riding a bike)
5. Write something every day in my journal
6. Schedule an appointment with a life coach once a month or when needed
7. Eat authentically (means eat at home as much as you can)
8. Hang out with friends twice a month or more
9. Read a book
10. Get at least 7 hours of sleep
I picked yoga off my list. I set a time limit of 15 minutes. I could either do breathe work, guide meditation, home yoga practice and/or community yoga class. Having a set time and options helped me follow thru on the given task. If I did miss a day of yoga, I didn’t punish myself. Yoga became a part of my natural routine. I started to see the positive impact of yoga for me mentally, physically and emotionally. Each month I increased my time and eventually found what  worked for me.
Actively achieving the plan has allowed me to have more space to be aware, present for myself and others. I can tell a difference when I come home from a 15 hour day and I have the energy to stay up another 5 hours. Even though I know I cannot, it feels good that my body has space for me.
How healthy do you truly want to be? Build your self-care plan today. It is important for you, your family, community, city, state, country and world. BE WELL!!

 

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,”
-Audre Lourde

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