Still putting yourself last? Taking care of everyone else’s needs before your own? Time to change that by making yourself a self-care checklist.
After always forgetting to take care of my own very basic needs, I decided I need to get super practical about my self-care. That’s when I decided to create a daily self-care checklist to ensure I stopped forgetting myself.
What is a self-care checklist?
A self-care checklist is exactly what it sounds. A list of things you want to do for your own self-care daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup and all.
Decide what are the most important self-care practices you need, put them into a list, and use it.
Why do you need a self-care checklist?
So… why? It sounds like such a basic concept, why is it important?
The easiest way to accomplish the things you want, whether they are big goals, or just some basic and practical self-care, is to create routines that help you get it all done.
I kept forgetting to do the most simple things for my own self-care, and I needed to find a way to ritualize it. To make it routine.
By turning my non-negotiable self-care practices into checklists and referring to them daily, I have been able to actually make them into habits and routines that I do on autopilot now.
For example, remembering to take my vitamins every morning. I started doing that as part of a checklist of things I wanted to accomplish in my morning routine.
How do you create a self-care checklist?
This should be easy and simple, right? Just write down all the things you want or need to do for your own self-care. No big deal.
Not so fast though…
Have you ever finally had some alone time, and then you realized you didn’t know WITAF to do with yourself? That is kind of how it might feel when you first sit down to write your own self-care checklist.
When we’re moms, we forget a lot about who we are. We forget our own needs, quite literally sometimes.
So you’ll need to take some time to really get to know yourself again. Tap into what your real needs are.
For me, I needed to focus on the most practical needs like remembering to floss every time I brushed my teeth, take my vitamins, drink lots of water, and get my butt outside for a walk.
Sure, mani/pedi’s are nice, but they don’t really add to my own wellbeing.
But maybe you are solid on taking care of your practical needs and you need to focus on spiritual needs. There are a lot of different types of self-care, and what is essential for one person might be the bottom of the list for another.
Take your time, try freewriting, journaling, or even asking others what they think. Sometimes we don’t notice our own needs or why they are important. Like maybe we get extremely crabby when we don’t eat, and our partners can easily point that out.
How to use your self-care checklist
Just like you forget to practice self-care, what if you forget to actually use your self-care checklist?
I know I have had times when I wrote out beautiful to-do lists only to let them sit quietly in a notebook never to be seen again.
So figure out a way you can’t ignore it.
For example, keep your self-care checklist top of mind with these ideas:
- Set an alarm to do your checklist every day (I do mine first thing in the morning)
- Put it in your journal you use every day.
- Add a time block to your calendar.
- Find an accountability buddy. Get another mom to partner up with you to remind each other
- Make it a habit by attaching it to another habit, like brushing your teeth. Go over your list while you shine up those pearly whites.
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