Self-Care Week blog
Developing your self-care plan | NHGIn today’s hectic world, it can be really easy to get caught up in the grind of your daily routine and, before you know it, you’re feeling run down, out of steam and just not as upbeat as you’d like to be.
Taking the time to look out for yourself and giving yourself a little TLC, no matter how busy things get, is really crucial to looking after your overall health and wellbeing.
It may sound like a chore that you don’t have time for right now, but developing a self-care plan is one way of guaranteeing that you tune into and listen to your body and give yourself the regular doses of TLC that you deserve.
As this week is Self-Care Week (November 13 to 19), we’ve listed some of the steps you can take to help set you on the right track to developing your very own self-care plan:
Identify your stress points
Stress plays a huge factor in how we feel. And if we’re feeling too stressed, then it can have a huge impact on our bodies, both physically and emotionally.
Ideally, you should be able to pinpoint what makes you stressed and, if you can, eliminate these elements from your life. If you can’t delete them, then try to minimise them as much as you possibly can.
Think about your coping strategies
Once you’ve identified your stress points, then think about the coping strategies you use to deal with them. In fact, do you even have any coping strategies in place? And if so, do you feel that they’re working for you? If not, then why not?
It’s not always possible to come up with solutions there and then however, taking the time to reflect on your lifestyle, your feelings and how you deal with challenging or stressful situations, can really help set you on the right path to caring for yourself that little bit more.
Now think about much self-care you’re giving yourself (be honest!)
The best way to start is by asking yourself this question, ‘Am I proactively giving myself self-care now?’ Be really honest with yourself when you ask yourself this question and make sure you listen to your inner responses when reflecting on the answer.
Self-care involves you being open and honest and applies to all aspects of your life, including physical self-care, psychological self-care, emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, relationship self-care, workplace self-care and your overall balance.
Here are some practical examples of how self-care can transpire in our everyday lives (for the full list, visit http://bit.ly/2sTjiww):
- Eating regular meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Eating healthy food
- Taking holidays
- Making time for reflection
- Spending time in nature
- Reading inspirational literature or listening to inspirational talks
- Making time to see friends
- Scheduling regular dates with your partner/spouse
- Seeing relatives
Self-care can make a real, positive difference to all aspects of our lives. It can help you maintain healthy relationships and prevent you from burning out. It can also make you more effective at getting though life because you’re taking time out for yourself; listening and responding to the signs your body’s giving off and bringing more balance to your world.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan for everybody. Your self-care plan needs to come from you and you need to be honest about it. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about you being selfish, it’s about you looking out for you every now and then.
For more practical pointers on developing your self-care plan, such as how to go about evaluating your coping skills, identifying your self-care needs and brainstorming self-care activities, check out this handy Self-Care Starter Kit.
In the meantime, have a go at starting your own self-care plan and, if you already have one in place, perhaps revisit it to make sure it’s as effective as it can be. Life can be stressful, but it doesn’t mean you have to be, not with a little self-care every now and then.