How much of today did you spend taking care of yourself? Was it enough to be at your best?
If you’re like me, probably not.
I struggle SO MUCH with doing what’s best for myself when there are a million other things to be done. And I don’t believe I’m alone in this. Whether it’s truly important or not, we feel we should always be doing something.
Women, especially, are notorious for putting everyone else before themselves. There’s a constant dialogue in our heads making sure the meals are made, the work is done, and that to do list gets at least a few items checked off.
Yet, simultaneously we neglect our bodies and souls, putting our self-care off until some unforeseen time.
Truly, the tasks will go on forever if we let them. And so we have to make a stand. Even if it’s a small one.
The Self Care Checklist to be Healthy, Happy, & Impactful
I know myself. I will not slow down unless I have a plan.
So, I created a self-care checklist to be healthy, happy, and impactful. This list is tailored to a mom of small children, but I believe that it can be tweaked for anyone at any stage of life.
First off, I decided to make the plan into a checklist for a reason. One of the rules of making habits stick is to make it satisfying. In my opinion, there are few things more satisfying than checking things off of a list! Man, it feels amazing!
It’s also important to make habits easy, so most of my tasks are small and very easy to accomplish.
THE TEN SELF CARE ACTIONS
1. Eat a Whole Foods Breakfast
No junk food or processed food to start the day! This is the chance to set the tone for how the rest of the day will go, and it helps tremendously to begin on a healthy note.
2. Take Vitamins
Get those extra nutrients in. If they aren’t included, I just don’t remember!
Get clear about where I’m going and write it down daily. This is about living with purpose and intention.
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Breathe deeply, pray, or meditate intentionally. Spend a few minutes in silence with my thoughts.
5. Write In The Gratitude Journal
For me, this looks like writing three things I’m grateful for. I’m loving my 5-minute journal these days! It’s all in one place!
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Walk, run, jump. MOVE in some way! I try to aim for 30 minutes of something.
Read a few pages, listen to a podcast, or watch an inspirational video. Get motivated and take on the day!
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This looks like being there for someone else on purpose. Can I leave a note under my kids’ pillow? Can I text “I love you” to my husband, or bring a friend a treat?
I can always do something small for others, but I need a constant reminder. What would you do for this?
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9. Sleep – make 8 hours a priority!
It is so important to be well rested! It’s possibly the most crucial one on this list, and as a parent, I HAVE to have it on there!
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10. Connect With Someone
Have a real conversation with someone. Face to face or by phone works wonders, and texting does not count!
HOW IT WORKS
The checklist has been in effect for almost six months, and I try to complete most of the self-care activities every day. It’s NOT about perfection here!
Additionally, I often do multiple things at once.
I read a few pages from a book or write three things I’m grateful for while I nurse my baby. I can easily get in a podcast when I exercise. Maybe I can even get an outside connection if I walk with a neighbor.
Also, a few of the items will evolve as the baby grows and life changes.
However, it’s critical to keep them easy so that they are quick wins rolling along during the day.
A checklist is the only reason I’ve been able to stick to these self-care habits so much better than in the past. It is a built-in way for me to take care of myself without having to give it much thought.
I put mine in a page protector on a clipboard and check it off every day with a dry erase marker (see picture above).
Every morning I wipe it clean and start again. I just leave it on the kitchen desk as a visual reminder when I walk by.
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I’ve been feeling so much better emotionally with my last baby, and I think this is the major reason. It has kept me going even in the inevitable hard seasons.
What is it about completing a checklist that feels so darn good?
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Finally, what should be on your self-care checklist to be healthy, happy, and impactful?
Don’t let another day go by without taking care of yourself!
It matters more than you think!
We can’t be at our best if we don’t feel our best!
My new summer checklist has been edited slightly! Here’s what I have right now!
- Make Bed
- Journaling, goals
- Smoothie, salad
- Look my best – I tend to want to not shower and wear yoga pants all the time! This is to help with that! 🙂
- Music – from the Simple Habits to Create Instant Happiness post
- Read or podcast
- Gift, thank you, appreciation
- Declutter/pick up 15 minutes – our house is a wreck in the summer!
The beauty of the self-care checklist is that you can make it whatever you want it to be!
These contain affiliate links, at no cost to you! It just allows me to make more free content. Truly, I loved ALL of these, and they all contributed to my checklist.
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Raising Happiness by Christine Carter Ph.D
- Own The Day by Aubrey Marcus
- High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard