Watch the Self Care: Creating Your Plan video (8 minutes)
Why is it important?
True self-care is an approach to improve or maintain your overall well-being. It consists
of taking care of your physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual needs. While
self-care should be a part of your everyday routine, it can also be done as an intentional
activity. Putting a self-care plan in place will ensure you are making time for yourself and will help with reducing your stress!
Creating a Self-Care Plan
Creating a self-care plan is an individualized practice. There is no one-size fits all. The key is to determine what works for you!
1. What do you value?
What you value can determine your decisions and habits. When you don't practice self-care, your habits and values tend to become out of sync. It's best to start by making a list of your values! i.e. Family, friends, job, hobbies, education, travel, etc.
2. What self-care habits do you currently practice?
Consider the different types of self-care (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, etc.) and identify self-care habits you already practice. If your list is short, don't worry! You are heading in the right direction.
3. What self-care activities do you want to practice?
Taking your list of values and considering the different types of self-care, make a list of self care activities you would like to practice for each type. Your list may be extensive, however, you will want to choose only one or two habits!
4. Commit to your practice and measure your progress
Setting a daily, weekly, or monthly goal for your practice can keep you motivated and committed to your self-care plan. You can keep track of your habits by journaling or using an app that tracks your progress!