Self-care 1: How well do you take care of yourself? Assess yourself.
I haven't paid much attention to self care activities in the past. I was more tuned into taking care of others. I paid little attention to the fact that I could enrich my own life health and my productivity by adding a little self-care time to my schedule.
Self care... What is it?
Self Care can be any process, routine, or procedure you follow that has a positive effect on your well being. Easy as that.
A good way to think about it is that instead of always spending quality time on others, save and dedicate a little quality time to yourself.
Assess your self-care needs.
First, let's assess our self-care needs. Here are a few points and questions to get you started:
Do you need more time alone? Assess your schedule. Is it frantic to the point you have no time to or for yourself?
On the other hand, are you spending too much time alone? Do you isolate yourself and need more time out of the house or with others?
Overall physical well being. How's your health? Are you taking good care of you? And, have you been meaning to take better care of yourself but just can't seem to get started?
Stress. Is there just too much going on? Does it seem like there's too much pressure on you to do more and more? Too many demands? Too many deadlines?
Do you say yes to everything even when you know you already have a packed schedule?
Are you meeting your specific health goals? Do you need a thorough physical to even determine where you are? You owe it to yourself to get an assessment.
Physical activity. Do you walk, go to the gym, do yoga, swim, etc. daily? Movement is connected to longevity, so what are your physical needs? Are you neglecting them?
Emotions. Are your emotions a problem for you? Are you up, down, or all over the place? It's not realistic to expect to be happy all the time. That's not the way life works. So, too, it's not good for you to swing dramatically from highs to lows. Do you do that?
Pep. Are you tired most of the time? Are you getting an adequate amount of sleep?
Leisure. What do you do for fun? Do you make time for your interests?
This short assessment will give you an idea how well you are taking care of yourself. Write out your answers for your own reference so you'll see in black and white what you need to work on. Make a list of your needs and put them in order with priorities first.
As we progress through the many facets of this topic, we'll assess other areas and take a look at lots of suggestions of what you can do to take better care of yourself.