The person you are providing care for has a plan. They have medication to take, doctors to see, tests to take. They live by a daily regiment.
They have a plan … do you?
Or is your plan more of a reaction to everything you do each day to help the person you are caring for? If so, it’s time to change.
You need a plan that focuses in on your well-being. If you don’t take care of self first, you’ll have less to give back to the person you are caring for. We define your self care this way:
Support comes from building a support system all around you
Energy comes from your food, your exercise, your breaks
Love comes from within, from your relationships, and from what you give to the world
Flourish comes from your ability to be grateful for today and remain curious and upbeat about your future
Do you see yourself in any of those statements? Do you see where you need work?
By establishing a self care plan, you’ll add your thoughts about the process and journey you’re on every day. This will include what works for you, what you do to help the person you’re caring for, and whatever else impacts each day.
Use this as your template. Have fun and make your self care plan uniquely your own. Keep it online if that’s your thing. Or buy a fancy journal and write it down each day.
My self care plan focuses on SELF:
Today I focus on keeping me safe and secure. I’ll focus on forgiving myself, giving myself a break when I fail, and patting myself on the back when I succeed. Every day is a new process that I take on with strength. Because I’m strong enough to have come this far, and I’m strong enough to move into the future with love and support.
If I need help, I can:
If I need encouragement, I can:
If I need a break, I can:
If I need to vent, I can:
I do this for my body:
I do this for my mind:
I do this for my spirit:
I do this for my heart:
I love doing this:
I love having this:
I love participating in this:
I love when I:
I’m working on:
I’m grateful for:
I’m curious about: