Sunday, July 5, 2015
Self-care Sunday: getting started
I've talked a little bit about getting started on my journey to self-care and self-love. It hasn't been an easy one for sure but it's been a worthy one.
Not everyone has the support system or the access to care that I do. It's upsetting because all life is equal and I wish that our society at large reflected that belief instead of capitalism but I digress.
Since not everyone has these things, I thought it would be good to share some resources on how to get started in the self-care/self-love game.
First up is this amazing starter kit page from the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo. Here you can learn more about what self-care is, develop a plan for yourself, and have tools to check in with yourself on how you're doing. They even have this great self-care worksheet you should totally look into! This was originally developed for their students I think, but I'm really glad that they've taken the time to share this with others.
The University of Kentucky has a very basic PDF here as well. One of the things I like about this is that they include examples of self-care in the various sections. East Carolina University has a checklist that's pretty handy.
Sometimes it's more helpful to figure out what something is by learning what it isn't. This site suggests that you develop an absolute no list, which can be very helpful.
If you're someone that needs research and science behind things you do, this page has 25 things you can do that are proven to help enrich your life and take care of yourself at the same time.
If you need something a little more concrete and immediate, this is a great weekly planner.
Sometimes self-care just means watching some Netflix in the tub with the lights off and candles lit. Find something funny and let yourself laugh your ass off.
In any case, today I want you to do something good for you. Maybe it will be filling out one of the worksheets above and learning more about self-care and self-love. Maybe it could be dancing in the shower or laughing in the bath. Maybe it'll be baking blueberry muffins and eating half the batch because they were delicious. I definitely wouldn't blame you... mostly because I did the same thing like three weeks ago!
And blueberry muffins are legit amazing.