Mental Health & Wellness

How to Create Your Own Self-Care Regimen AND Stick to it! | 7 TIPS

It’s no secret that self-care has become a “buzzword” for many human circles around the planet.  We know that it’s something we should do on a regular basis…  But somehow, we still struggle to understand it and apply it to our own lives, consistently.

This article is about creating your own self-care regimen and actually sticking to it!  FYI, this is coming from a genuine, personal stance of someone who actually has a written-out daily self-care plan and has success with sticking to it — Me!  And I want to share this peace with others.

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What is self-care?

Self-care is not just bath bombs, yoga, and eating well.  Self-care is engaging in any activity that nourishes your soul, rejuvenates your spirit, and brings you “up”.

Thus, it looks different for everyone!  As you ponder over the things that make you happy and well… I have 7 tips to share:

Write it down.

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“Write it down or it won’t get done,” is the story of my life.  For some reason, writing it down makes it more official for me and I have found much more success in self-caring when my regimen is written down (or typed) and physically exists somewhere in the universe.

 

Identify your needs.

For me, these are my needs in terms of self-care:

  • Rest/relaxation
  • Creative expression
  • Health/wellness
  • Companionship

What are your specific needs when it comes to self-care? These may look different for you.

Jot down activities/things to “fill” each of those needs.

For me, this would look like:

  • Rest/relaxation
    • Apply a face mask
    • Light candles & turn on oil diffuser
    • Do nothing! Literally. Sit and don’t do anything at all but relax.
    • Get a mani/pedi
    • Take a nap
    • Meditate using a guided meditation app like Headspace
    • Spend time outside
  • Creative expression
  • Health/wellness
    • Drink water or tea
    • Make a fruit smoothie
    • Exercise for at least 30 minutes
  • Companionship
    • Attend a social event
    • Phone a loved one
    • Meet someone for lunch or dinner
    • Write a message of gratitude

The above examples are things that rejuvenate my soul.  So again, they might look different for you.  Spend some time figuring out what are those things that truly make you happy and at peace and jot them down.

Add them to your weekly schedule or calendar.

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Schedule “apply a face mask”, “exercise for 30 minutes”, or “bullet journal” into your calendar just like you would schedule in a class, work, or any other event.  To take it up a notch, set a reminder for it to alert you when it’s time to engage in some self-care!r

I like to schedule at least one self-care activity per day.

Find an accountability partner.

We are more likely to succeed in our goals when we have others to hold us accountable.

Share this article with a friend or family member and commit to making and sharing you self-care regimens with one another.  Check in with each other about your regimens once a week, and extend encouragement.  A simple, “What have you done to take care of yourself this week?” can go a long way.

Revisit and switch it up when needed.

Things change; including the things that make you happy.  It’s important to revisit your self-care regimen whenever it’s starting to feel less like a stress-reliever and more like a chore.

This might mean re-examining your needs, or coming up with new activities to do.

Start now!

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There’s research that supports when making a goal, you are more likely to achieve that goal when you immediately take one action step towards it.

So, right now, whip out some paper and a writing utensil or make a note in your phone and begin making your self-care regimen!  If your’e low on time, schedule time or set a reminder to begin making your self-care regimen at a later date or time.  Another way to take an immediate step towards achieving your goals is to share this article with a friend and make an accountability partner.

Before exiting out of this tab and moving on with your life, be sure to do at least one thing that launches you towards your dream self-care regimen.

Be well, and take good care!♥

–Ashlei

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