There is no one-size-fits-all option available to fix your self-care routine. As the year comes to an end, you will find yourself listing down habits, old or new, that you plan to revisit or restart in the coming year. Whether renewing your exercise habits, sleeping early, or cutting away unhealthy food from your diet, you will not run out of self-care habits to write down your list. But, of course, it’s easier said than done.
We often find ourselves listing down activities without actual action plans to fulfill these goals. Unfortunately, this can lead to broken routines, unfulfilled resolutions, and self-loathing. So how can you plan your own self-care routine? The one that sticks and brings a meaningful impact to you as a person?
Here, we listed how down how you can design the self-care routine that fits you:
- Redefine “self-care”
Start by redefining what self-care means to you. When we hear these words, what typically comes to mind are breaks, meditations, or naps. While these activities count as such, self-care should also help you set boundaries and priorities to find purpose.
Self-care need not be luxurious or time-consuming. It can be as simple as putting down your device for 15 minutes or muting unwanted accounts in your feed. Moreover, your self-care activities should nourish not just your body but your mind as well.
- Brainstorm what you need to focus on
Before you jot down particular habits you want to include in your self-care routine, reflect on the activities you wish to improve on or do away from. Then, list down the good and bad practices you find yourself doing, and from there, assess what needs more to be curbed or improved.
Brainstorming also helps in figuring out the barriers that prevent you from fulfilling your self-care routine. When you have a clearer picture of where you want to go with your routine, you can seamlessly incorporate them into your schedule.
- Review your self-care plan
Give yourself a week to over a month to review if you have fulfilled the activities you lined up for yourself. Check if you have skipped anything and assess what prevented you from doing so.
Remember that the first few tries will not be perfect. There will be days when you won’t be able to follow your routine religiously, and that’s all right. Give yourself some compassion but don’t shy away from trying again.
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