The Self Care Checklist.

For a few days now, I have been finding life a little overwhelming. Looking back, it feels strange to be sitting here saying that I managed to somehow make it through yesterday. It isn’t anything to worry about but I just wanted to check in to let you know why I haven’t posted recently.

Self improvement is at the top of my priority list and in order to give it the attention it deserves, I need to put myself first for a little while. Which is something that I know you guys understand.

I did however want to share a little “Self Care Checklist” that I put together in my journal. I suppose I am doing so in the hope that it may help someone else who is feeling a little pooey. Well, that or deep down I believe if I keep writing it out eventually I will start taking my own advice.

The Self Love Club is open to anyone but as courtesy, I think we should try to earn our stripes.

The Self Care Checklist

Basic questions to ask yourself:

  • Have I been kind to myself today?
  • Have I let go of the things that I can’t control?
  • Have I let anyone know how I am feeling?
  • Have I had enough sleep?
  • Am I hydrated enough?
  • Have I forgiven myself for any mistakes made? Big or small.

Practical ways to help yourself feel a little better:

  • Listen to Jazz
  • Rearrange your space
  • Make a herbal tea
  • Put on some crisp/fresh bedding
  • Listen to a funny podcast. I recommend “My Dad Wrote a Porno”
  • Get it out on paper. Write/draw
  • Give your pet a cuddle
  • Buy yourself some flowers
  • Wear fresh clothes that make you feel nice
  • Treat yourself
  • Binge watch silly videos on YouTube. My current favourites include cake decorating and homeware hauls (Don’t ask)
  • Treat Yourself

Quotes to remember:

  • “If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself.” – Jane Travis
  • “It’s not selfish to love, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. Its necessary.” – Mandy Hale
  • “Be there for others but never leave yourself behind.” – Dodinsky
  • “Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown
  • “This is my life…my story…my book…I will no longer let anyone else write it; nor will I apologise for the edits I make.” – Steve Maraboli

A few other things to remember:

  • Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right
  • Only give yourself positive feedback
  • Give yourself space and room to breathe
  • Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about how you feel
  • Remember that you’re allowed to rest
  • Give yourself permission to be imperfect

Material that you may find useful:

  • “Calm” by Michael Acton Smith
  • “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig
  • Hearing other peoples stories on the Mind website

Sending all my love.

H x

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