Updated: May 16, 2019
Hopefully, we all sprinkle a little self-care into our lives...a massage once a year after a super stressful week, a facial before a big upcoming event, an extra hour of sleep once in a blue moon when you are on vacation...all of those activities are beneficial, but they aren't really part of your daily routine.
Real soul-nourishing, self-care is consistent and truly a part of your day to day life.
The first step in this self-care lifestyle journey is assessing where you are falling short (check out this assessment if you need help determining that). The next step is creating a tangible, realistic self-care plan (this template will help you!). And lastly, the third step is implementing your plan consistently.
I'm gonna shoot it to you straight...I'm not all that good at these three steps yet (kind of like when I try to replicate something Martha Stewart is teaching me...nailed it - NOT!) , but I'm working on it. I find it hard to stick with things sometimes, especially when it's something that is foreign to me (like taking care of myself).
Yes, I am a kid in a candy store at first with my organized typed-up plan, but then the excitement quickly wanes, and I start skipping over some of the most important aspects. And abracadabra...I'm back to where I started like a Groupon birthday magician.
So how do you combat the inevitable backslide?
I believe it's very beneficial to have reminders to help me stay on course and refresh my memory about what it is I'm trying to accomplish. So I set daily reminders on my phone to drink water, meditate, and accomplish other self-care habits (it's amazing I'm still alive right ha ha). I literally write some of them in my daily and weekly calendar (exercise, walk with my dad, coffee with a friend, go to the bathroom -jk, etc).