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There’s no doubt about it. Stress levels have been at all-time highs, and the unknowns of our larger world haunt us if we let them.
So, if there was ever a time to take exceptional care of yourself. It’s now.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”Buddha
Today, I’ve got an easy way to do it – with a self-care routine template!
But, Why a Weekly Self Care Checklist?
There are three HUGE reasons you need a self-care routine checklist!
It Keeps You Accountable
First, a weekly template helps you see the bigger picture. Often, our days vary and it’s difficult to know what gets done from one day to the next. This weekly self-care checklist is perfect because it helps you visually see how you’re doing on a larger scale.
Also, the great thing about a checklist is that it’s black and white. You either did it, or you didn’t. There’s no hiding from data.
It Keeps You Consistent
It’s easier to skimp on your commitments to yourself than to other people.
But with the self care checklist pdf, if it’s Thursday and you realize you’re not following through on certain activities, you’ll change course. It gives you a clear way to stay constant.
In fact, I guarantee you’ll take better care of yourself with it than without.
It Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment
Finally, checklists are best at helping you feel like you’re making progress.
Sometimes, the benefits of self-care don’t hit us like a train right away, so it’s nice to have something to remind you that your body and mind will thank you later.
Before we get to the download, let’s delve into what should go in your weekly self care actions!
What are the Four Categories of Self-care?
An easy way to think about your wellness needs is to picture the body, heart, mind, and soul.
Any self-care activities in this category include actions that help your body feel its best.
- consistent exercise
- plenty of water
- vitamins or supplements
See this post on small steps to be healthier in 2021 for more.
These actions keep your emotional wellbeing stable:
- vacations and new experiences
- Taking note of simple pleasures
- quality time with loved ones
- support groups (and social interaction)
Psychological (Mind) :
These activities promote learning and growing.
- learning something new
- getting out of your comfort zone (find easy ways to begin branching out HERE)
- reflection on growth
- a new hobby
- a new adventure or challenge
- reading or listening to a podcast (read: Amazing Books for Women)
Finally, these actions connect you with your deepest self and the bigger picture of life. Examples include:
- gratitude (Find easy gratitude practices)
- reflection on life
- time in nature
Of the four, what are you getting on a weekly or daily basis? What are you lacking?
How to Use the Self-Care Checklist pdf
Now, fill in the actions you want to do on the left side of the printable, and check each evening whether you followed through. By the end of the week, you’ll have a solid picture on how well you did with these activities.
Check out this video, for an example of how it works for me!
Grab your Weekly Self Care Checklist Template HERE!
Then, read on for essential steps!
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Tips for Following Through on Self Care
Want to get the most out of the self-care checklist routine? Consider these tips!
First, schedule the time ahead!
Get up early, make an evening hour non-negotiable, or schedule in meetings with friends weeks ahead of time. The more you find the time for self-care beforehand, the easier it will be to follow through.
Combine it With a Daily Checklist
I found the daily checklist particularly helpful when I was struggling with self-care in general. So, if you’re at a time of life where routine is hard, or you just need the extra satisfaction, check out the daily checklist in the free self-care toolkit or see the epic 39-page self-care planner for LOTS of ways to skyrocket your progress!
Incorporate it Into Your Daily Routine
It’s much easier to be consistent with healthy habits if they are incorporated into a routine that we already do. So, be sure to sandwich your wonderful self-care between activities that you do automatically for maximum effectiveness.
For example: Read a chapter from a book after your shower and before your first cup of coffee.
Related Post: 15 Wellness Routines of Successful Women
Time Block it Into Your Day
Use the time block template below and block off a daily time to devote to your self-care. By having a consistent pre-determined time, you’re much more likely to follow through on an everyday basis.
Print the Free Block Schedule to Revive Your Days
Try Self Care Days
Too busy to care properly for yourself during the week?
Instead, invest in more time over the weekend to do what your body and mind need. Try a self-care day where you spend a larger chunk of time or an entire weekend recharging.
See more at: How to Do a Self Care Day
Commit to a Challenge
Once the challenge is over, you’ll be on a roll!
Something to Consider With Weekly Self Care
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”Audre Lorde
Finally, take the above quote to heart. Take care of yourself as you would a prized possession. You wouldn’t abuse an object you cherish or someone you care about, so don’t do that to yourself.
Have you used a weekly self care checklist? What did you think?
Other Self Care Posts to Enjoy…
- How to Make an Awesome DIY Self Care Kit – small objects for better self-love.
- 87 Inspiring Take Care of Yourself Quotes – a little inspiration never hurts anybody.
- How to Improve Your Quality of Life – easy steps to a more impactful life.