Self-Care is key to helping balance your life so that you can stay out of the fear cycle, or get out of the fear cycle once you find yourself there.  Having a plan of action will strengthen your mental and physical health while enriching relationships with those you love.  Putting yourself first may feel selfish in the beginning, but you will soon find that as you nurture your needs you will be able to better meet the needs of those around you.  It has a trickle down effect that will be felt by all of those you love.

Having a plan of action will strengthen your mental and physical health while enriching relationships with those you love.  Putting yourself first may feel selfish in the beginning, but you will soon find that as you nurture your needs you will be able to better meet the needs of those around you.  It has a trickle down effect that will be felt by all of those you love.

Self-Care can be divided into four areas:  physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental.

Physical: How well have you been taking care of your body?  I’m not just talking about exercise.  Do you get enough sleep?  Do you eat a balanced diet?  Do you take breaks when you need them?  Do you ignore signals from your body that something may be wrong? (Pain, stress, aches)

Spiritual: Do you feel connected to your higher power?  This does not always refer to religion, but it can.  Do you meditate?  Do you pray?  Do you attend church?  Do you feel like you are connected to a larger purpose.  Does that bring you peace?

Emotional: Do you feel your feelings?  Are you open about what you are feeling with yourself and with loved ones?  Do you allow yourself permission to experience both the positive and negative emotions of life? Can you transition through different emotions, or do you get stuck in certain emotions unable to feel anything else?

Mental:  Is your thinking foggy or clear?  Do you plan ahead?  How are you able to take in new information, both good and bad? Are you able to stay organized?  Do you follow through with commitments you have made?  Can you make clear decisions or are your thought tangled?

The following exercise will help you measure where you may need improvement.

Self Care Assessment Worksheet

Self Care Assessment- How to read your score

 

Photo Credit:  Malloreigh, June 20, 2005, Exhilaration