This fall I took an amazing, soul-filling class with Michelle Gardella (I love her so, so, so much - if you get a chance to take one of her classes with The Define School - DO IT) and she taught us about Weekly Self-Care Charts. The timing couldn't have been better. With the busyness of the holidays upon us..the shorter days...the colder months...it felt very necessary to share this with you.
I recently read about the psychology behind making lists, especially when it came to scheduling time for self-care, and the problem with lists is that we tend to see them as things to get done...not necessarily as something to enjoy or look forward to. Therefore, when you make a list of things to do and you include things like exercise or meditation or journaling, your brain interprets it as just one more thing to do.
That must be changed.
Self-care and self-love are tied to an overall sense of wellness, balance, and ultimately, efficiency. When you make time to take care of yourself, you're investing in far more than just physical health. It goes much deeper than that.
A weekly self-care chart will help you keep those things a priority and not just another thing that has to be done. It's a very simple and very visual way to provide yourself with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
It might seem kind of silly at first, but trust me - making the effort and having the thing in front of you all week is an amazing reminder.
My self-care/self-love chart varies from week to week - if I've had a particularly busy and/or trying week, I might include more quiet time or restful activities, or build in more time for meditation for the upcoming week. If I'm needing an injection of happiness, I might include a silly dance party in the kitchen to the always great T. Swift. And I try to reflect on the week prior to identify what worked and evaluate what would help me achieve greater self-care in the upcoming week.
It's such a simple, but powerful thing - grab a sheet of paper and draw a circle in the middle. Then, include different things that you could do throughout the week to provide self-care and self-love. I'll be traveling this week, so I know that yoga and some downtime alone will be super-important for me.
This week, my chart includes:
less time on technology
getting outside at least once a day
drinking plenty of water
8 hours of sleep
eating wholesome, good foods
Put the list somewhere that you'll see it. Every single day. And each time that you complete/do one of these things, you go back to the chart and put a sticker/smiley face/star/dot/whatever-fancies-you to mark that you've done that thing.
I hope you'll give it a try and give yourself some well-deserved and necessary self-love and self-care. Value yourself enough to carve out some time - even if it's just a few minutes.
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