If you haven’t already noticed, I am OBSESSED with self-care. One thing I’ve learned as I get older is how important self-care is. Having said that, it’s hard to keep on top of it, time slips away and before you know it, the day is finished.
I am the kind of gal where I need to write everything down. I currently have six notepads that I use on the daily along with my Google calendar and keep notes.
Can you tell I like to be organised yet?
I would love to say it’s down to being super organised, but honestly, it started out because if I didn’t write it down, it would go in one ear and out the other.
Same things with self-care! I like to keep organised and remind myself that I need to do more than go for a bath, one of my favourite self-care ideas.
This blog post will include all the areas you should cover in your self-care checklist along with a free PDF self-care checklist that you can download.
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Areas to cover in your self-care checklist
In this section we will cover the top eight areas that you should cover in your self-care checklist, these are of course all included in my free PDF self-care checklist.
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Create a morning routine
Starting the day out right is super important as it can set the tone for the rest of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I try not to let me mood in a particular moment ruin my full day but sometimes a day just doesn’t go to plan.
Set yourself a morning routine and stick to it. This is of course the tricky bit.
I do it all the time, I start something out for a few days thinking wow, I really am amazing, by day five I’m back to waking up five minutes before work, the perks of working from home, but it’s a really bad habit to get into because I know myself that I am not on my A-game starting within five minutes of waking up.
Your morning routine can include things like:
- 10-minute yoga
- A quick walk
- A cold shower
- Find a healthy recipe for breakfast
- Brush your teeth
- Drink a full glass of water
- Brush your hair
- Make your bed
Doesn’t have to be anything crazy, keep it simple!
Especially with lockdown, I’ve noticed my mental health slip in moments, but going outside really does help bring me back.
Going outside has proven to help reduce anxiety and help with mental health, so try it!
Things you can do outside (with lockdown in mind?):
- Go for a walk with a pet near your house
- Try a workout in your garden
- Go for a run
- Meditate in the garden
- Walk to your local shop instead of driving
- Paint outside (of course weather dependant)
- Meet a friend, whilst following the restriction rules
These don’t have to be daily self-care ideas, you can do these once a week, don’t overwhelm yourself.
I feel like meditation needs its’ own section.
I’ll be honest meditation can be difficult and I really do struggle with it. Sitting with my thoughts doesn’t always go the way I plan, but it’s worth trying.
I find a good tactic is to remind yourself to keep an empty mind. I have a conversation with myself, in my head, to remind myself now is not the time to be thinking about what’s for dinner, but to concentrate on my breathing.
Headspace offers a free 11-minute meditation for beginners audio which I found really useful when I started out.
Self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant, something as simple as remembering to eat can be vital to your self-care. I struggle with anxiety and I noticed a pattern between feeling hungry and feeling anxious.
When I feel hungry, it’s like my anxiety finds a way to sneak into my head, like my head is too busy telling me it’s hungry.
Remembering to eat throughout the day is a great way to self-care.
Some ways you can make food more enjoyable:
- Trying new recipes
- Meal prepping each week
- Ordering boxes from food companies such as Gusto, this is a great way to try new foods
- Cooking with a friend
- Blind food testing (if you’re like me and eat with your eyes, then blind food testing would be a great opportunity)
Journaling + Gratitude Journal
This has now become a habit in my life and I love it. Journaling is a great way to get out your feelings. I like to think of it as getting it out my head and onto the paper, or the screen as I have now started journaling on my laptop.
I have now changed my routine to journal every morning and then write in my scripting journal and my normal manifesting journal two or three times a week.
It is proven that showing and feeling gratitude for what you have can cause positive feelings and overall positive well-being.
Get your head stuck into a hobby
You’re probably SICK of me telling you in every post to get a hobby, but I cannot express how important this is for self-care.
Being creative and expressing your emotions in a different activity can really help reduce stress and anxiety.
Find something that works for you, express your creative side and see what you find, and I want to get this point out there too… you don’t have to be good at your hobby…
Now you’re probably like what… your hobby doesn’t have to be anything more than you enjoying something. If you enjoy painting but you don’t think you’re very good, keep going! No one expects you to be painting multi-million pound paints.
Some creative hobbies you can do are:
- Jewellery making
- Digital art
Get lost in your own world.
Social media detox
Social media has become such a huge part of our lives. I mean that’s how you are able to read this blog post, through promotion on social media, but sometimes social media does more harm than good.
Add a social detox to your self-care checklist, it’s not going anywhere. Having a day, a few days or longer isn’t going to make a big difference.
I understand if you’re running a business online, I know from blogging, if it’s not my blog it’s Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter etc, but sometimes turning it all off sparks the best ideas.
Things you can do whilst having a social media detox:
- Read a book
- Try a puzzle book
- Finish a jigsaw
- Play a board game with friends
- Go for a walk
- Go for a bath (had to slip that one in there)
- Watch your favourite T.V show
- Cook something
The basics, simple but effective
Self-care doesn’t have to cost money, in fact, most forms of self-care are free.
A list of basic self-care ideas that are effective:
- Brushing your teeth
- Making your bed
- Changing our of your PJs
- Leaving your bed
- Going for a bath
- Going for a walk
- Sing along to your favourite music
- Get plenty of sleep
- Drink a lot of water
Conclusion, Self-care checklist
Learn to invest in yourself, because you are important. Self-care can increase your energy, your positivity, productivity, patience and the overall quality of your life.
Give yourself the time and space that you need to reset, detox and relax because if you don’t, you will burn out.
Get your hands on my self-care calendar, where you can create and build your own self-care routine.
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