BEST PRACTICES FOR SELF-CARE (PART II)

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By now, you should’ve downloaded and completed the checklist from my previous post. The goal of this activity was to select any self-care practices that appeal to you and begin testing them out. There will be many that sound intriguing but you might find that it simply does not fit your lifestyle. For example, I love the idea of journaling but as the mother of a 1 1/2 year old, I don’t always have the quiet time to sit down and write nor do I always have the energy. Self-care should consist of practices that feel good and that you look forward to. Otherwise, forcing yourself into some of these could turn it into just another daunting obligation.

Once you’ve completed the checklist and explored those options, download this activity to put together your regimen.

Recipe for Self-Care

Your Regimen= Things you do…

Regularly + Occasionally + In Case of an Emergency

All all practices will not be used equally!

Overtime, the practices that I use regularly have become part of my lifestyle that requires very little thought or planning. Things that I do occasionally are special treats to myself, like going to a spa taking a day-trip to explore something new; almost like a refresher. But the things that I do in case of an emergency (ICE) are more “radical” practices that I turn to when life feels like it’s going a bit haywire. Some of these ICE interventions are things like:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Accupuncture
  • Reiki
  • EFT
  • Chakra balancing
  • Reflexology
  • Counseling or Therapy

In order to find my radical self-care go-to, I had to try something unusual. If you told my 18 year old self that I’d practice EFT, I’d think you were a hippie voodoo witch. Today, reciting the clearing statement and tapping pressure points has helped me to release stress and anxiety like nothing else. The list above encompasses only a small portion of what is considered “complementary, alternative, or integrative health practices”. A quick Google search would yield more ideas or you can start here.

Now that you’ve done your research, the self-care regimen planning sheet allows you to make sense of all this. But listen carefully: having this planning sheet completed doesn’t mean you should use the exact same plan every day or beat yourself up over getting off track. Use this the same way you would a vacation itinerary. Having a plan is great but we all know that life happens. So just as you would readjust, tweak, and keep the party going on vacation, let your planning sheet serve as simply a guide or idea generator.

Things that you should ask yourself as you start to categorize these practices are:

  • Do I have the financial means to indulge in this regularly or only occasionally?
  • Do I have the time to invest in this practice?
  • Does this come naturally to me? Does its purpose resonate with me?
  • Do I understand the benefit of using this practice?
  • Is this something I’ll look forward to doing even when know once else is looking? In other words, if I said you couldn’t post this on social media, would you still want to do it?

I’ll be using my Instagram story to walk you through all of this on Wednesday, July 11th so send in questions and join me there!

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