How to Create a Self-Care Plan
One of the questions that I get a lot of is, "Shela, how do I start getting better at self-care?”. My advice for those who don’t know where to start would be to create a self-care plan. You will have more likelihood to be successful when you have a plan with actionable steps.
In this post, I will share what you need to create a self-care plan that you will actually follow. I also made a FREE “Self-Care Made Simple” workbook for you as a BONUS to make the process easier!
1. Knowing and accepting who you truly are
Before you even start creating a plan, you need to have a good knowledge of yourself.
Do you know:
What makes you happy?
What makes you sad?
What are your strengths?
What do you still need to work on?
Without a good knowledge of what is good for you, what is bad for you, and what you need to improve on, you cannot create an effective plan. Brainstorm these questions first because knowing and accepting who you are is very important.
2. Understand what is self-care and the different types of self-care
What is self-care to you? What does it actually mean? Self-care isn’t just lighting up a candle, taking a long bath, or getting a manicure. Get a well-rounded view of self-care: physical self-care, mental self-care, and spiritual self-care. Next, ask yourself how you can improve for every type of self-care.
3. Identify the people you can call to help you when you feel down
A good thing to include in your self-care plan is a list of people you can count on. Life is rough sometimes and it’s understandable that sometimes you cannot adhere to your plan. If such a time occurs, it’s good to know who you can rely on to help you get back on your feet or to feel better after a rough day. For me, I can always rely on my boyfriend and my three closest friends to always cheer me up and be there for me. I hope that there are people in your life that you feel the same way about!
4. Know where your happy place is
Where do you go to find peace? What place always fills you with joy? If for some reason you cannot contact any of the people on your list or you feel the need for alone time. I suggest listing down a couple of places that you love. For me, my happy places include parks, lakes, and dessert shops. I love nature and have a big sweet tooth! What about you?
5. Write out your self-care plan
Write out the answers to all the previous questions and put them in a place where you can see them every day to serve as a reminder of your plan and intention. Visualization is power. I do the same thing with my vision board to remind me of my goals.
To make the process easier, I created a completely FREE printable “Self-Care Made Simple” workbook to help you brainstorm and follow the process to create an effective self-care plan step-by-step. It is great for beginners or those who just want a refresher. It would also be helpful to fill in the workbook annually to see if you have improved or how your self-care priorities have changed.
In the workbook you will:
Learn more about yourself
Learn what self-care truly means and the 3 different types of self-care
Have an effective self-care plan
Click here to get the“Self-Care Made Simple” workbook for FREE!
If you completed the workbook, I would really love it if you could give me your feedback. Feel free to comment below, send me a DM on Instagram at @shelativity, or send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Do you currently have a self-care plan or self-care checklist? What do you think of the FREE “Self-Care Made Simple” workbook? Comment down below to let me know!