Self-care is a personal matter and everyone’s self-care approach is different. It encompasses what you do daily to maintain your wellbeing. Creating a self-care plan or checklist can be a helpful way to look after yourself and to enhance your wellbeing.
Ideas for Self-Care:
Professional/ Workplace self-care:
- Catch-up regularly with a colleague or supervisor
- Practice good work life balance
- Stay up to date with current literature and news within your area of interest
- If the opportunity arises attend professional development courses
- Practice good sleep hygiene, try to develop a regular sleep routine
- Aim to eat a balanced diet, try to consume more vegetables and fruit
- Set time in the day for breaks and rest
- Get outside and enjoy the fresh air while moving your body
Mental and Emotional self-care:
- Start a gratitude journal
- Try a new hobby
- Turn off your email once you have finished work/studies
- Make time to take deep breaths every day, aim for 5 slow deep breaths every hour
- Take the time connect with friends and family
- Try out yoga or meditation, there are some great apps and youtube videos available to get you started
- Try out reflective journaling
- Head out into nature and discover the great walks around your city
- Engage with your culture or religion
How to make a self-care checklist:
- Availability. Working out what is realistic with the time you have available is a great place to start with self-care. By doing this you are controlling your time rather than letting it control and consume you. Figure out your non-negotiables. For example, work, university study, socialising and exercise.
- Be realistic with your routine and recognise that setting smaller goals is the key. While coming up with the components of the checklist think about what changes you might need to make to achieve your goals. For example, you might replace 30 minutes of social media or Netflix with meditation or a walk.
- Start with the basics, ask yourself am I getting the right amount of rest and nourishment?
- Check in with yourself, check how you are progressing with your goals and reward yourself for your efforts.
Having a daily routine is a key component of leading a balanced life. A routine helps to build daily habits which will later become automatic. There are 5 main reasons as to why a daily routine is important including better time management, self-discipline, focus, a healthy balance and understanding yourself better. Learn how to create a daily routine.
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