Developing a Self-Care Plan

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When it comes to self-care, having a specific plan of action is the best way to achieve the results you desire. Here are the top areas of self-care to focus on:  

Physical Self-Care

This applies to activities that are physical in nature:

  • Getting adequate rest
  • Daily exercise (yoga, walking, strength training, swimming, etc.)
  • Limiting consumption of junk food 
  • Increased intake of fruits, veggies, water, lean meats and healthy fats
Sensory Self-Care

This means to slow down, relax, and be in tune with your surroundings and overall mindfulness:

  • Take a moment to enjoy the serenity of a beautiful sunset (or sunrise).
  • Enjoy a quiet meal instead of rushing through it.
  • Close your eyes and reminisce about a happy or joyous event from your past.
  • Take a relaxing bath or shower.
  • Lie down, close your eyes  and listen to your favorite songs.
Mental Self-Care

Having a sharp, healthy mind is critical to self-care. Examples of mental self-care include the following:

  • Repeating positive affirmations daily
  • Limiting exposure to negative stories, images and people
  • Reading thought-provoking books
  • Learning new things and keeping an open mind
Emotional Self-Care

This type of self-care focuses on feelings:

  • Feelings should be acknowledged, not suppressed or ignored.
  • Give yourself permission to cry, laugh, grieve, feel afraid, love, be loved, etc.
  • Discover your stress triggers and how to effectively deal with them.
  • Create personal boundaries to minimize being hurt or taken advantage of.
  • Learn to say “no.”
Adventuresome Self-Care

This type of self-care means to live life to the fullest. Discover ways to enjoy life and look forward to waking up each day. Examples of adventuresome self-care include the following:

  • Embark on challenges that get you out of your comfort zone.
  • Take a class, workshop or seminar on a subject that interests you.
  • Take a trip to a new city, or country.
  • Find something to look forward to. 
Spiritual Self-Care

Not to be confused with religion, spiritual self-care can be defined as a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. Others associate it to discovering the meaning of life or finding a common connection that unifies us all, regardless of our differences. 

Examples of spiritual self-care include the following:

  • Treating others the way you want to be treated. 
  • Following the laws of karma, where a person’s actions have a direct effect on future events.
  • Learning to forgive others, not letting hate or animosity consume you.
  • Being thankful and appreciative for the things you have.
  • Receiving joy from helping others in need.

Self-Care: Putting it All Together

In order to be the best a person can be, it’s important to work on all areas of self-care simultaneously. For example, physical self-care won’t be as effective without working on mental self-care. By knowing the various self-care areas and how you can improve them, you’re one step closer to reaching your full potential. Start working on your self-care today. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.

 

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