What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?

Defining self-care is easy because it’s the opposite of self-sabotage or self-control. To successfully achieve self-care, you must have a self-care plan. It’s through that structured plan that you’re going to be able to properly care for your very being.

Self-care isn’t just about brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Self-care is for the needs within you

Self-care is caring for your soul, your inner self, and your very being.

Building a Solid Self-Care Plan

A good self-care plan reminds you of what you want to accomplish. After all, you have values, goals, and a life purpose. This plan reminds you about what you need to do to take care of yourself. Using a day planner or making notes to yourself can remind you of your goals and the things you need to do to take care of your body, mind, and soul.

  • Your self-care plan gives you a solid foundation for what you want to do and how you can accomplish it.

You should also provide yourself with inspirational quotes and affirmations. This is the spiritual food that keeps you focused on your own personal well-being. Not only will you have a constant reminder of what to do, but you also have little pieces of inspiration around you to remind you of why you’re doing it!

In addition to inspirational quotes, you can hang motivational pictures throughout your home and office. These pictures may be of exotic places you’d like to visit someday or tranquil images of nature.

Your photos may be something that you want to attract into your life or may remind you of a positive memory from your past. You can also have a photo of your family to remind you of what’s important to you.

  • Your self-care plan should inspire you and remind you of why you want to take care of your body, mind, and spirit.

Another aspect of your self-care plan includes tracking and measuring your progress. Let’s say you have a hard time getting motivated to exercise. By keeping a log of your exercise time, you can keep yourself focused on becoming a healthier you.

A food journal is also a good way to track your food choices so you can remind yourself that you need to eat nutritious foods. In addition, you can use a journal to record your mental and emotional health. Write down what’s going on inside of you so you can evaluate your feelings and proactively take care of your mental health.

  • Your self-care plan tracks your progress to help you stay on track toward your goals.

You can apply these useful tips for anything you want to accomplish. It begins and culminates with a solid foundation and that is, a need to take of care of yourself. To put succinctly, take care of the inside as well as the outside.

Creating a Personalized Self-Care Plan (PSP)

You may need to motivate yourself to initiate your self-care plan. For some, beginning a new task may be daunting. In addition, you’ll want to be sure you can find motivation along the way to help keep you on track.

Ask yourself this question: “ What has motivated you in the past?” Use this as a basis for your motivation to write out a realistic personalized self-care plan.

A good motivator to keep you on track is to have a family member, friend or spouse hold you accountable. If you slip up or slack off in your efforts to proactively take care of yourself, they will let you know so you can renew your focus and get back on course.

It’s important to add discipline and structure for successful self-care. As the saying goes, “You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.” A good self-care plan will provide you with the vigor, attitude, and energy to enjoy life to its fullest!

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