Self care checklist
What is self care?
Self care means taking care of your mind and body by keeping healthy in all aspects of your life. We have so much going on in our lives that it’s so easy for us to get distracted and ignore our own needs. All these distractions cloud our minds, which means that when some part of our lives needs some attention, we don’t realise until it’s too late. Self care is having the acceptance and understanding of who you are and allowing yourself the time to do activities that allow yourself to be healthy. Let’s take a look at some of the different areas of your life.
“Checking in with how you feel”
We all come across different circumstances, some difficult, some new, some familiar, but all of which have a certain emotion attached to it. Situations in life lead to different expressions of emotion – some will be positive and others will be negative. Either way, we need to learn how to master all our feelings and act with intelligence.
Allow yourself to nurture your feelings. Emotionally checking in with yourself means identifying your feelings and honouring your them. Then taking healthy steps to move forward with those emotions.
When our feelings are not addressed, we begin feeling exhausted, as if life is taking too much out of us and we struggle to find a solution to pull ourselves out.
“Have you moved your body?”
A healthy physical body means looking after your diet and exercise. It also means listening to your body and knowing when you need to take a break and rest. Its important to remember that no one exercise is right or wrong, you do you! You do what works for you without looking at what others are doing. Eat fruits and vegetables, and staying hydrated will give you energy and uplift you. Keeping your physical body healthy will give you fuel to boost you to a more productive life.
“Have you done something for your inner peace?”
Spiritual self-care means connecting to something bigger than yourself – this could be nature, to yourself, to God, or to other people. All of these bring more meaning to life than just yourself, which boosts wellbeing. Connecting to nature could be spending time outdoors. Connecting to yourself could be meditating. Connecting to God could be done by praying. Lastly, connecting to other people could be through volunteering.
“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside.”
“Have you connected with someone?”
Everyone’s needs connection to other people – even the most introverted people who prefer alone time. Our happiness and wellbeing relies heavily on our connection to friends and families.
Now you might think that you speak to lots of people on a day to day basis, kids, colleagues, or parents, but think about what your conversations are like. Are your conversations based on fulfilling these people’s needs or requirements? It’s important to take some time out for your own social life – somewhere and someone with whom you can share your thoughts, feelings, and open up your thoughts and ideas.
“Have you done something you love?”
Your hobbies and interests are an important factor of self-care – have a think about what you love to do and slot some time in to do this. Some people say they don’t have hobbies, but this just means that you need to take more time out and try different things – there is definitely a hobby out there for you.
“Have you cleaned or organised your space?”
Keeping your home clean and organised boosts wellbeing tremendously. The process of cleaning is calming and living in a well kept place boosts productivity and contentment. Make sure you take time to clean your home and look after your space. Before starting work, organise your desk space and at the end of the day clear it up, so its clean for the following day. Doing this regularly will no doubt improve your wellbeing. Also the time it takes to clean and organise will reduce the more you regularly you do it.
“Self-care means acknowledging your needs and taking the time and effort to follow through with them. It means valuing yourself for who you are, without worrying about what others will think. Self-care will boost your overall wellbeing and allow you to love yourself more consciously.”