Soothing Self-Care Journal
Today, I have prepared a self-care journal to guide you on your self-care journey. Self-care is a topic close to my heart because I completely stopped taking care of myself since I gave birth a couple of years ago and started experiencing anxiety and stress daily. It was only recently due to Covid that I began to more consciously and religiously stay on my path of self-care and self-healing. Self-care is all the more important in stressful times like these.
Indeed, the American Psychological Association says that “studies have shown that women who exercise regularly, eat right, get sufficient sleep and find satisfaction in their work and personal lives have LESS depression, anxiety and illnesses, such as heart disease.”
Since self-care is imperative, what’s stopping you from starting a daily routine of caring for yourself?
I know. You’re busy. You work, take care of kids, have a million things to do every day, so who has the time for self-care?
The truth is you must find the time; if you don’t, it won’t be long before you drop from exhaustion, succumb to burnout, go into a mental fog, and become resentful and angry and incapable of enjoying your life and getting anything done.
Start your self-care regime by journaling today…
What’s Inside Your Soothing Self-Care Journal Bundle?
- A 38-page self-care journal with self-reflective journaling questions.
- 10 extra pages of self-care journaling paper you can insert into the above self-care journal.
- 1 Self-Care Checklist.
- 5 Self-Care Cheatsheets.
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What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is often neglected in a modern, fast-paced, loud, and chaotic society. For many of us, the act of self-care is a foreign concept, as we run around chasing career goals, taking care of our kids, spouses, siblings, parents, friends, and co-workers, and completely forget about ourselves.
As we slowly deplete our resources in this vicious cycle, we begin to suffer from various physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual problems. Overwhelm, exhaustion, and high stress begin to take their toll as our cup empties, and ironically, we find that we have nothing left to give, not to anyone nor ourselves.
- Taking personal responsibility for one’s own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
- Good for your mind, body, spirit, life, and soul.
- NOT selfish.
- A habit that makes you flourish, not just function.
- A choice.
- A deliberate effort.
- Making yourself a priority.
- A lifelong practice.
- A lifestyle.
- A ritual.
12 Questions To Assess Your Level of Self-Care
At some point, you need to ask yourself the difficult questions to determine whether you are doing the right thing by yourself. It’s up to you to protect yourself from mental health issues, burnouts, and fatigue. Luckily there is an easy way to do so, and you can assess whether you are providing yourself with enough self-care by answering just a few questions.
In fairness, your level of self-care will vary depending on the time in your life. Sometimes getting hopefully lost in the woods is the only way to find a new path, for it is in those moments of strife the scales fall from your eyes, and you realize how far you have strayed from who you are.
It isn’t easy, to be honest with yourself about what changes you need to make in your life. However, the only way to get the best from this exercise is by being brutally honest. We are all guilty of telling ourselves lies, so it’s time for openness and honesty.
You may find that some questions or the thoughts that stem from them make you feel anxious. There is no right answer; there are only honest answers that lead to eureka moments. Don’t feel shame about your answer.
The 12 Questions
- Can you make and take time for yourself without feeling pangs of guilt?
- Are your leisure activities a priority in your life?
- Do you understand the difference between self-indulgence and self-care?
- Do you feel as though you deserve your self-care?
- Do you feel okay about sometimes slowing down?
- Do you take care of your needs and desires?
- Do you say yes to requests from others when you should say no?
- Do you do things you don’t want to do, or that will overextend you?
- Are you running on empty?
- Are you overwhelmed?
- Are you chronically tired and have a lack of energy?
- Do you crave and eat junk food often, and especially during times of stress?
Don’t judge yourself or your answers; just allow yourself to be aware of where you are with your needs and wants and your general habits and stress levels.
These questions may sound simple, but they get to the root of whether you are making enough time for yourself and your self-care. Once you have determined whether you are, aren’t, or need to do more, it is essential to take what you have learned and create a personal plan that addresses your entire self.
People often forget that there’s more to a person than just their physical health and fail to realize how all of these sides of us play into the health of each other. You can’t look after one and dismiss the rest and believe that is sufficient.
- Enjoy a nutritious diet.
- Drink water.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get good sleep.
- Enjoy a regular massage.
- Practice yoga or meditate daily.
- Learn time management and know when to say no to manage your stress levels.
- Mindful meditation.
- Read for enjoyment.
- Please take note of negative self-talk and redirect it to positivity.
- Honor your feelings.
- Don’t be afraid to share how you’re feeling with others.
- Learn to laugh at yourself.
- Learn to be compassionate with yourself.
- Practice the activities you enjoy, whether it’s hiking, golfing, baking, knitting, or gardening.
- Set boundaries.
- Watch the sunset (or the sunrise).
- Listen to music that soothes your soul.
- Spend time in nature.
- How can you be of any use to others if you are unable to look after yourself? It isn’t just your physical self that requires self-care, but also your spiritual side, emotional, and cognitive sides.
Self-care should not be viewed as a luxury; instead, it’s necessary to maintain your whole self healthily. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for you; everyone deserves to find happiness, health, and peace. You can’t adequately take care of others if you can’t even serve yourself first.
Start Journaling For Your Self-Care Today, Not Tomorrow…