Developing a Self-care Plan
A self-care plan can work alone, or in combination with, standard treatment (therapy, mediation, etc). It means
incorporating strategies to develop a plan of self-care, behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes that can become a new
and healthy lifestyle. This is preventive medicine.
- Positive Thinking. Look for the opportunity instead of the negative.
- Task oriented. Feel good about your efforts and accomplishments.
- Accept yourself. Don't be self-critical. If there is something you want to change then change it.
- Be flexible. Not everything is black and white. Be open to the gray areas of things
- Develop realistic goals. Evaluate what it will take to reach a goal.
- Develop a positive view of life.
- Nurture your spirituality.
- Distract yourself from stressors. Sometimes you have to put everything aside to relax and have fun.
- Deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, and visualization.
- Finding humor in things.
- Spending time with people you enjoy.
- Keeping a journal for venting, and at the end of the entry closing with something positive.
- Take time regularly to do activities that you enjoy.
- Utilize your support system. This could be friends, family, individual therapy, group therapy, or community
- Practice being assertive. You will feel better for taking care of yourself.
- Good communication.
- Take short breaks throughout the day. Take 5 to 10 minute breaks throughout the day to relax and remove yourself
from stressors or demands.
- Regular exercise. Walking is excellent for decreasing body tension and alleviating stress.
- Get adequate rest and sleep. If you don't get enough sleep you can't cope well.
- Practice good nutrition.
- Massage. A good way to relieve muscle tension and relax.
- Choose to be in environments that feel good to you.
- Work on your financial security.
- Practice good time management.
- Do things that demonstrate respect, care, and nurturing of the self. That means take good care of you.