Self care has become difficult as we’re growing older. Most of us are too busy working long hours to sustain ourselves–until we realize, “Oh my, I forgot to drink enough water today.” “My back is aching, I was supposed to exercise this week.” Most often, it may also come up as feeling burnt out, exhausted, angry, or irritated for no reason.
The other day, I was scrolling through instagram, and stumbled across my friends pursuing their self care checklist, travelling, eating fancy food, or breathing the fresh air. But in comparison, I’d be quite hesitant to engage in acts like these, considering my financial or time constraints.
But here’s what I think. Self Care doesn’t require you to take some of your time out of the busy schedule, only to check off a few items from your lists. Instead, it is all about what you can do in your routine practices, without having financial, physical, or personal constraints in the way. It is more about how you could squeeze in specific practices even in your extremely busy days.
How to Use This Worksheet for Daily Self Care Practice?
The Worksheet is perfect for your daily care routine, and helps challenge the thought “But I’m too busy for self-care. My schedule won’t allow me to perform my desired activities.” It is structured based on the idea that you don’t need to set time aside to finally perform specific self care activities. Rather, you may simply squeeze them in between your busy time schedules.
The following worksheet is comprised of four sections. Allocate your desired self-care activities based on the time frame mentioned. You may also call these categories as “taking mini-destressing breaks,” since they are not as time or financially consuming. This may look like, taking a two minute break to get out of your chair. Or a five minute break to make yourself a cup of tea.
To begin with, ask yourself the question, “What activities in the past have helped me feel rejuvenated?” “How can I do more of those in my current scenario?” and “What’s one thing that I’d like to squeeze in my schedule and give a try this week?”
Sally George is a Psychologist & the Editor of Gentle Meanings. She shares thought-provoking tools, asks insightful questions, and encourages her readers to be gentle with themselves.