How To Prioritize Daily Self-Care

So You Can Feel Better And Live Better

I turned 40 last week. That’s right, I’m now middle aged. But don’t worry, you don’t have to cheer me up by telling me that “40 is the new 30” or that “life begins at 40.” I’m actually a pretty happy 40-year old. What I’ve come to acknowledge, however, is that my body is aging, and I can’t stop the aging process from happening.

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Since I’m told that my body has to last me another 40 years or so, what 40 has taught me is that now is the time to start taking really good care of myself. 

Daily self-care must become a priority (and that’s true no matter what age you currently are!).

Daily self-care is no longer just a desire to live a healthy life but a real life necessity so that I can prevent avoidable health problems from happening to my body..

But whatever age you currently are, if you don’t feel like you’re taking good care of yourself, then now is the perfect time to start a program of self-care.

But before I talk more about how to prioritize daily self-care, let me tell you what I mean when I use the term “self-care.”

Self-care is the simple act of taking care of your mind, body, and soul. (Although it’s not so simple to implement!)

We all know that we need to eat right, drink more water, exercise, get enough sleep, nourish our souls, enrich our minds and limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine we consume in our lives. But how many of us are doing these things on a regular basis? I know I’m not.

Turn Daily Self-Care Into A Habit

When I get home from a long and trying day at work or at the end of a long and trying day of taking care of the kids, all I want to do is sit down, veg out, and have a big ole’ glass of red wine. But in my heart, I know what I really should be doing is eating a healthy meal, drinking a big glass of water, and going to bed at a decent hour.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that one should never settle in with some vino or a pint of chocolate ice cream. (I’m a firm believer in rewarding yourself for good behavior!)

But if indulging in sweets or alcohol or another form of unhealthy behavior has become a routine, then now is the time to start thinking of ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Our bodies deserve to be treated better!

While I like to believe that I’m a fairly healthy person, the truth is that I haven’t been intentional about taking care of myself.

I fit things like exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy into my day, when I think I have the time to do so and when I don’t think I have the time, then I let them go.

The problem with this way of thinking is that I believe that there are times when I can’t fit self-care into my schedule. And that’s simply not true. What I haven’t done is form the habits that are necessary to make these things a priority in my life.

The problem with this way of thinking is that I believe that there are times when I can’t fit self-care into my schedule. And that’s simply not true.

The only way to make daily self-care a priority is to turn it into a habit. And the only way to form a habit is to do it consistently on a daily basis until you no longer having to remember to make it happen. You just do it because it’s become a part of your routine.

I’ve created a FREE Daily Self-Care Planner Printable to help you create a daily self-care routine.

Create A System To Monitor How You’re Doing

Another way to help turn daily self-care into a habit is to use a checklist. I created a note with a checklist in Evernote of self-care items. I can then check off the items I completed each day during my Daily Review.

You can review my checklist here to give you an idea of items to include in your checklist – Evernote – Daily Self-Care Checklist.

There’s also a section to reward myself for good behavior. I’m not aiming for 100% here. I think 80% or even 70% is darn good. It’s still passing and deserves a reward.

I know I’m not going to get to 100% overnight. Truth be told, I’ll probably never get to 100%. But I can keep working towards getting healthier.

It’s going to take small steps at the beginning. Eventually, those small steps will turn into medium steps and before you know it I’ll be running marathons (okay, maybe not marathons, but you get the point).

Daily Self-Care Benefits Not Only You But Those You Love 

A benefit of practicing self-care on a daily basis is that it will help prevent avoidable health problems. Practicing self-care will also make you feel better, and when you feel better, you live better.

A bonus to all of this self-care is that you will be modeling a healthy lifestyle for your children. After all, don’t we all want our children to grow up to make healthy choices in their adult lives?

Practicing self-care will also make you feel better, and when you feel better you live better.

So let’s be intentional about making healthy choices in our lives.

Try using this checklist until making healthy choices on a daily basis becomes a habit. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but my goal is to keep at it for as long as it takes.

Will you join me in getting intentional about daily self-care?

You can request your FREE Daily Self-Care Planner Printable by clicking this link.

I’d love to hear your plan for staying healthy in the comments section below!

With Love and Joy,

Cassie

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19 thoughts on “How To Prioritize Daily Self-Care

  1. I am so happy I tripped across this !
    Thank you, I’ve been praying
    About motivation you are the answer to my prayers
    Diane 🙏🏼

  2. Thank you so much for pinning this post and for sharing your Evernote Daily Self-Care Checklist! I’ve adapted it suit my needs but I know it will become a a very helpful tool in my arsenal!

  3. Very good points and thanks for sharing your Evernote checklist. I need to start taking care of myself better but really struggle with prioritizing the time. It’s so easy to get pulled in other directions.

    • Yes, it’s so true, Sylvia. Making self-care a priority is so important but so few of us actually do it. Visual cues and checklists always help as reminders for me! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Self-care is always one of those things that take a backseat to taking care of my family or gets pushed aside when other things come up. I may have the intention but definitely need to work on the follow through. Thanks for the reminders!

    • Hi, Corinne. It really is so easy to put self-care on the back burner when we have to take care of our family and feel too busy to care for ourselves. I hope you are encouraged to move self-care up to the front of your priorities!

  5. Ah, yes, self care is sometimes out of our priorities. Although it is most important if we want to continue living healthy for our kiddos. Thanks for the checklist, I have now saved it to my To Do Notebook.

    • Yes, Gloria, it is so important but often deprioritized for when really it should be at the top of our list so we can have more to give! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I struggle to find time to do anything for me these days. I am a working mom of 4, juggling a full time job, kids, husband, home, and full time school! Yikes! But I checked out your checklist and I like that I can keep myself in check. I am a checklist checker lol…so this strategy will work for me. I can do this!

  7. This is a great reminder to start caring for ourselves, regardless of age. I love the idea of a list and not striving for 100% from the get-go. I think that’s where I fail. Thanks for the tips and sharing with us! #mommatime

  8. Love, love, LOVE your checklist!! I am so into checklists and visual motivators. I’ve made exercise calendars before that I mark on the days that I work out. It’s a powerful motivator for me to see the stars (or lack of stars) across the board. I’ve also recently started using the Momentum app to track my goals. The only problem is that the free version only lets you create three goals, and I hate paying for apps.
    I love this checklist, though! I think I’m going to have to make one for myself!! One thing that will definitely be absent from my list, however, is “No coffee.” 😉 They say one cup of black coffee a day is actually good for you – I wholeheartedly endorse those studies!! Hah!

    • Hi Lisa. Checklists are a big hit at my house. Not only do I use them, but my kids use them now, too! I totally understand not adding “no coffee” to your checklist. I love coffee! But I have such a hard time stopping at just one cup a day. I’ve turned to drinking tea to reduce my caffeine intake. But I do still indulge in a cup of coffee on the weekend! I’m not ready to give it up completely 🙂