90-Day A Better Me Series
Part III: Living the Journey
Making the Now Count: Rebuilding our Lives
Day 73: Constructing A Self-Care Regimen
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
-Jean Shinoda Bolen
In this 90-Day A Better Day Series, I’ve given a lot of suggestions about self-care. We each have to choose what items of self-care resonate with us, because a self-care regimen, routine, or ritual will only work if we are connecting to the process of doing the activity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried a lot and I mean a lot of things in my life because people told me it would make me feel better. It could be about how to practice my faith, eating, drinking, dieting, exercising, meditating, mindfulness, positive affirmations, lifestyle, prayer, gratitude, mindset, weight loss, etc. No matter how good something has worked for my life or anyone else’s, you have to come up with your own regimen. No two regimens will ever look exactly the same and not any two people doing them will get the exact same results. As I’ve said before, I don’t expect everyone to do what I did and get the same exact results, because each of us has our own unique journey. Here are a few examples:
- One person drinks lemon water everyday and it improves their digestive health. Another person may have an adverse reaction from the acid in the lemon and have digestive problems because of it.
- One person may use nature therapy to help them reach levels of mindfulness and peace within themselves. Another person’s fears may create so much anxiety that triggers fight or flight response.
- One person does a hard-core exercise routine and she/he feels alive and energized. Another person may not like the feelings that come after that level of exercise, so it doesn’t benefit her/his overall well-being, because that feeling could be their body giving them a signal that that is too much.
A self-care program won’t work if you aren’t invested in doing it or it doesn’t feel right for you. I’ve gone through many regimens and I change them up if I don’t feel the effectiveness of a particular one anymore. What is important is that I give time to self-care. I do my best to trust myself to help me to figure out what I need at any given time, while making sure that my intentions aren’t blocking the results I’m looking to achieve. Numbing ourselves with drugs, alcohol, shopping, gambling, games, social media, binge watching, etc. isn’t apart of self-care. They are contributors to self-destruction. I’m not talking about moderation. There is a difference, and it is a fine line—Self awareness is KEY!
15 Questions to Help You Construct Your Personal Self-Care Regimen
- How am I taking care of my connection to my spiritual life and beliefs?
- How am I taking care of quieting my mind?
- How am I taking care of accepting myself in the mirror?
- How am I taking care of my body and organs?
- How am I checking in with my perspectives of truth (Days 42-46) to make sure they are working in my life?
- How am I showing myself love?
- How am I showing myself respect?
- How am I investing in my quality time with myself?
- How do I feed my mind?
- How do I practice presence?
- How do I live gratitude?
- How do I take care of myself in the presence of other’s darkness (fear, anger, rage, resentment, jealousy, envy)?
- How do I take care of myself in the presence of my own darkness (fear, anger, rage, resentment, jealousy, envy)?
- How do I take care of myself when I’m feeling depleted?
- How do I take care of myself when I’m feeling a lack (loss, grief, disappointment)?
“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
This list can give you ideas of what to implement into your daily routines. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to-do a list of things that are all new all at once. Take some things you are already doing and then try a couple new things at a time. If they work for 90 days and you want to add some more, do it. If what you were doing doesn’t seem to fit, try something else. Just don’t beat yourself up if things fall off. Trust that you are getting exactly what you need to get in this moment. When you are open to take on more, you will MAKE the space to fit more in your life. Just keep caring for yourself. Don’t forget how important you are. Everything in life will run much smoother if we are committed to our self-care.
Today’s Letter from A Better Me in the 90-Day A Better Me Letter Series will take you through my process of answering all the above questions. I highly suggest writing your own letter to yourself as a way of planting the seed to make sure it takes root.
With Love and Gratitude,
Rachael Wolff ©2019