Check the items on the list that you are currently doing, or will be doing as part of self-care:
- Proper sleep
- Good hygiene
- Chores around the house
- Taking meds as prescribed
- Keeping medical appointments
- Socializing (with friends or making new connections)
- Keeping sharp (puzzles, games)
- Positive self-talk
- Finding a purpose
- Allowing time for fun
- Treat myself well
- The arts (expression and galleries)
- Keep strong
- Be kind to myself
- Be kind to others
- Manage finances
- Using good communication, be assertive
- Take small steps
- Ask for help when I need it
- Self-awareness: know my triggers, know my limits
You don’t have to do all of these. If you’re only able to address one at a time, that’s fine. There’s no wrong or right way to do this. Your self-care is all about YOU. You do what YOU need. You decide what YOU need.
Take care of only what you can handle. If you start to feel overwhelmed, then cut back. Take however long you need.
Self-care can be tough. It can be tough to start, and tough to maintain.
However, self-care is important. And it doesn’t have to be big and “meaningful” BUT it does have to take care of the self. No matter what steps, tasks, or habits, that YOU need, should ALWAYS be your priority.
When our self-care stops being a priority, we feel it. Maybe not right away, but we do feel the consequences.
If your self-care seems to have faltered, see the questions below and where you might need to bring more attention or care.
– Answer the following questions:
- What area of self-care do I need to improve?
- How am I taking care of my health?
- How nourishing is my diet? What am I eating?
- How do I feel about what I’m eating?
- Do I cook?
- Do I make sure I eat? Regularly?
- Am I moving?
- Do I need to move more?
- Is there any movement that will feel good for me?
- Am I doing chores around the house?
- How has my “self-talk” been lately?
- How am I reducing stress?
- How am I sleeping?
- Do I need to adjust my bedtime routine?
- What do I do in my spare time?
- What do I need that I don’t have? How can I get it?
- How are my finances? Am I budgeting?
- Am I taking all of my medications as prescribed?
- Am I nurturing myself?
- Am I reading? Am I journaling?
- What or who am I thankful for?
- What is my purpose? Do I have a goal?
- What are my values? Am I living by them?
- What affects my self-esteem?
- Do I need any help? Who can I ask for help?
- What do I need from others to help me?
Your self-care is important. Take time, be patient with yourself, be honest with yourself. If you’re struggling, that’s okay. Reflect on what you need right now. That in itself, is self-care.