Do you have a self-care plan? When my kids were really little, my life revolved around their needs. I didn’t create any space in my daily routine to focus on my physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. Fast forward a few years and this lack of self-care started to take a toll on my health, both physically and mentally. Can you relate?
I think we all implicitly understand that self-care should be a priority in our lives. But the day-to-day reality of our overflowing lives means that when we do have a few minutes to ourselves, we often just want to sit back, have a snack (goldfish crackers, anyone?), watch mindless television, or just “veg out.”
I would love it if I had several hours each day to exercise, read, and spend time in spiritual meditation. But the reality of my life is that I have to fit self-care into my life in small chunks. My kids are now both in school and (mostly) sleep through the night.
Life is now more manageable than it was when neither one of them slept through the night. But adding in self-care time is still a challenge. If you’re the mom of really little ones, your self-care plan is going to look a lot different than a daily self-care plan for a full-time working mom with high school children.
But no matter what life looks like for you right now, there are three categories of self-care that I would encourage you to embrace – self-care for your mind, self-care for your body, and self-care for your soul.
Learn to Prioritize Daily Self-Care Using a Planner
The way I make daily self-care a priority is to plan self-care activities for each day.
I have time carved out each morning for my quiet time with God, yoga or stretching, and listening to a podcast or audiobook as I pack the kids’ lunches or finish up a load of laundry. I also try to allow myself time in the evening to read a book, give myself a facial, or take a bath.
Now, let me be real here, sometimes my facial is happening while I’m trying to convince a naked 3-year old that taking a bath is a good idea, or I have to skip my quiet time because my kids have decided that getting up two hours earlier on a Saturday was a good idea.
That’s life as we moms know it. We have to expect the unexpected and accept that life will sometimes thwart our good intentions.
But the point is that if you are intentional about prioritizing self-care, your spirit will be happier. You will nourish your mind, body, and soul. And your family will get the benefit of a healthier you. And that’s one of the best gifts you can give them.
That’s why I created this Daily Self-Care Planner for you. You can request your FREE copy here –> Daily Self-Care Planner.
Below are some ideas of self-care activities to help get you started on your journey to care for your mind, body, and soul.
Self-Care For Your Mind
Self-care for your mind can encompass many different things. Here are some ideas to inspire to think of ways to keep your mind nourished:
- Read a book
- Listen to an audiobook
- Learn a language
- Take a class (online classes are available for almost any topic you’re interested in!)
- Write in your journal
- Start a blog
- Listen to a podcast
Self-Care For Your Body
Self-care for your body is the act of caring for the temple God has gifted you in this life.
The trend today is to take at least 10,000 steps. Tracking your steps with a Fitbit is a great place to start. But here are some other activities you can add to your self-care plan for your body:
- Go for a walk, run, or a bicycle ride
- Do yoga or stretch
- Take a group exercise class
- Get a massage
- Give yourself a facial
- Have a healthy eating plan
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night
- Limit sugar intake
- Drink more water
- Drink less coffee
Self-Care For Your Soul
Self-care for you soul should include activities that will enrich your relationships, improve your emotional health, and allow you to connect with God, your family and friends, and nature. Here are some ideas:
- Talk with God
- Go on a nature walk
- Be still
- Practice centering prayer
- Join a Bible study
- Spend quality time with a loved one
Your Daily Self-Care Planner
I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how you can create a daily self-care plan.
Don’t forget to request your copy of the Daily Self-Care Planner. for more ideas. The printable also has a calendar you can print out each week to keep you motivated and intentional about caring for yourself!
I’d love to hear about your self-care plan in the comments section below.