Today, I want to take you on a tour of my self-care. I love hearing what other people do for self-care and how they fit it into their lives, so I hope that you will find an idea that inspires you to treat yourself with love.

Why Self-Care

Different people have different ways of explaining why we need to take care of ourselves. Some point out that our body is an animal and needs food, water, exercise, and sleep. Some point out the burdens of our modern life and how draining they are. All of that is true, but my approach is “The gap between where you are and self-love is self-care.”

You need to care for yourself to show that you love yourself.

The Problem of Scheduling Self-Care

Even for the people who recognize that self-care is important and who say they want to do it, fitting self-care into their schedule is the problem. We are all busy and have a variety of things distracting us throughout our day. It is hard to set time aside for specific self-care endeavors when we feel pulled to cross something off our to-do list or when a family member is calling for our attention.

How I Make Time for Self-Care

I’m blessed to have a variety of successful endeavors. They keep me busy, so I’ve created a schedule for my self-care that can be modified based on what I have going on any particular day.

I have my list of self-care activities, and I break them out into three different days. I have a rockstar day when I do all of my self-care activities, a middle day, and then the lower day when I do the minimum of the self-care activities to feel good.

Day A

This is my rockstar day. On this day everything is going exactly right and I have plenty of time for all of my self-care activities.

  • I wake up without my alarm before my family wakes up
  • I read an affirmation like one by Joel Osteen
  • I spend 30 minutes laying on my biomat doing BrainTap
  • I take care of my two dogs
  • I drink a big glass of water
  • I workout either by swimming, walking, biking, doing planks, or weights
  • I shower and do a mouth massage or oil pulling
  • I fast until 10 am when I eat a healthy breakfast and take the vitamins that are based on my genetics
  • I see clients and am able to be present, focused, and connected with them
  • Throughout my workday I am running ahead of schedule
  • I eat a lunch and dinner that is 60% vegetables
  • I connect with family and friends
  • I let my phone be and am not constantly checking it
  • I take a walk after dinner and throughout the day I get about 15,000 steps in
  • I have an epsom salt bath
  • I go to bed between 9:15 and 9:30 pm

Day B

My B day is the middle level. I get a lot of my usual self-care in, but I have to skip some things.

  • I wake up
  • I read an affirmation like one by Joel Osteen
  • I take care of my two dogs
  • I drink a big glass of water
  • I workout either by swimming, walking, biking, doing planks, or weights
  • I shower
  • I eat a healthy breakfast and take the vitamins that are based on my genetics
  • I see clients
  • I eat a lunch and dinner that is 60% vegetables
  • I connect with family and friends
  • Throughout the day I get about 10,000 steps in
  • I have an epsom salt bath
  • I go to bed between 9:15 and 9:30 pm

Day C

On this lowest level day, I do the bare minimum of self-care for me.

  • I wake up
  • I take care of my two dogs
  • I drink a big glass of water
  • I do a low intensity exercise like a walk
  • I shower
  • I eat 2 or 3 healthy meals
  • I see clients but feel like I am running from one thing to the next
  • Throughout the day I get about 7,000 steps in
  • I go to bed between 9:15 and 9:30 pm

Create Your Plan

What are the self-care activities that really make you feel like you’ve got it together? Take 10 minutes to write a full list of the self-care activities that you want to have as part of your life. You can take inspiration from other people, but make sure that it is really something that you want to do for yourself, not just that someone else tells you to do it.

Look at your full list and recognize that you are only going to fit all of those activities in on your absolute rockstar days, and you might get two rockstar days in a week. Look at your schedule and plan how you would fit those activities in. For example, do you meditate during lunch? Do you have time for a walk or other exercise before work or after work?

Then go back to your full list of activities and choose the activities that are the bare minimum — the Day C. What do you need to feel functional? Sleep, healthy food, exercise. Is 10 minutes of cuddling the dogs important or do you swap that time for something else that is more important for you?

A checklist of healthy choices

Download and print this checklist to get started on your own self-care.

 

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