AMALAwellness’ printable Daily Self Care Checklist – perfect for your fridge!
This week we celebrate World Wellbeing Week across the globe. It is a good opportunity for us to raise awareness of all aspects of wellbeing and how we can incorporate it into our lives.
Self-care is in the lime-light at the moment, especially during this transition phase of easing restrictions imposed upon us to help stop the spreading of Covid-19. However, it is not a new concept. Our ancestors taught us the value of meditation, yoga, tai-chi, physical movement and much more. Things which are inter-twined within life for many of us to this day.
It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and resilient.Quote from Psychology Today
– What is Self-Care? –
Self care is consciously making decisions to look after your physical and mental well-being. It is essential for normal functioning. There is a myth that self-care is selfish, however it is imperative that we incorporate time to look after ourselves daily. Especially if we look after others, we cannot pour from an empty cup!
– Some self care is different for everyone –
Self care differs for everyone, from the youngest in society to the oldest.
For one person, it might be flossing daily, for another, it might be walking to the shop.
– Daily self-care is similar to all –
Although self-care is different for many, some self-care routines should be incoporated into daily life. Things such as brushing your teeth daily, drinking 8 glasses of water, walking and eating healthy are universal and essential for us all.
– Barriers to self-care –
There can be many barriers to self care, such as –
- Feeling time is limited
- Looking after others and not leaving time for yourself
- Low mood
- Feeling incapable
- Spending too much time on technology
- Stressful jobs
– How to overcome these barriers –
A great place to start is by doing 15 minutes of self-care a day. Perhaps, picking one thing off the ‘Self Care Checklist’ to do daily for a week and build up from there.
If you feel like exercise is too much for you, you could try moving gently for 10-15 minutes. Perhaps, incorporating gentle movement with cleaning and tidying, or even walking to the shop! There are many ways you can overcome these barriers by breaking self-care down into simple steps.
The more you move, the more you’re able to move…
– Learning to set boundaries –
It is OK to change plans, to say ‘no’ and to put your own needs first. Many of us feel obliged to say yes to people who ask for our time and energy. If you are already feeling burned out, it can be detrimental to our wellbeing. Learning to say no and set boundaries can really help us improve our self-care. When you learn to assertively, but politely say ‘no’, it can actually feel empowering. It can help to boost your mood, improve confidence and give yourself more time for selfcare.
Keep track of your progress with our daily self-care checklist.
AMALAwellness has made a simple checklist to help you keep track of self-care and things you can incorporate into your life. Doing these things daily will help boost your mood and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
Self Care Checklist
What do you do for self-care? What do you wish you had more time to do?
Tell us in the comments below!
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About The author:
Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Chair Based Yoga and Exercise Teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
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