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We are already near the end of February and I can imagine a lot of our new year’s resolutions have either been forgotten about or given up. Every year I start out with good intentions and every year I feel like a failure because I give up on my resolutions.
So this year I thought I would do something different, instead of making New Year Resolutions that I know I wouldn’t keep, I decided to make a self-care plan for myself.
Last year was a hard year for me and the one thing I neglected was my self-care, my health deteriorated and I became so depressed I spent most of my time sitting on the sofa watching Netflix.
My self-care plan may look like a long list of things to do but I have made sure these are small things I do every day and that they are manageable. Even though they are small steps, I know that they will make a big impact on my life.
Self-care is so important for our health and the more we can fill our own cup up, the more we can give to the world and the better we will do in life.
Here is my New Year Self-Care Plan
Drink lemon water and celery juice every morning
I start my mornings drinking lemon water, followed by celery juice. The lemon water helps your liver, while the celery juice helps clear out toxins and viruses from the body.
Doing this every morning has gave me more energy and helped massively with my IBS.
If you want to learn more about the healing powers of celery juice, I recommend following Medical Medium on Instagram. He has so much insight into healing your health and what foods are essential to healing our bodies.
Our body and mind connection is so important, for so long I just focused on healing my mind but we can’t do this without healing our bodies as well.
Do yoga every day
Yoga is so amazing, for both your mind and your body. Doing yoga every day helps calm my mind, removes tension from my body and helps work through any stuck emotions.
There are so many benefits to yoga and you only need to do 20 minutes a day to see big results.
Stop drinking alcohol
This is a game changer for me, even though I only ever drank once a week, I was a binge drinker and it would take me days to fully get over one night of drinking.
By not drinking to deal with my problems I have started finding other ways to deal with them. This means that I actually deal with my emotions, instead of pushing them down with drink.
Get out everyday
Depression for me is sitting on my sofa watching TV all day. I’m not saying that the odd day of doing this is bad for you but when it becomes everyday it is a fast track way to misery.
So for me, getting out every day is crucial. Even if it’s just a short walk to the shops, it helps clear your head, get out of a funk and get your body moving.
Set regular intentions
When I’m down I don’t believe in myself or that I can achieve anything. Setting intentions, every small ones, helps me see what I am capable of.
I try to set daily, weekly and monthly intentions and take small steps every day to achieve them.
Writing them down is a powerful way to keep yourself accountable.
Holding grudges feels crap and getting hung up on what other people do just feels tiring. I have started to have more compassion for others and what they might be going through by putting myself in their shoes and forgiving as much as I can.
Every day I look in the mirror and say “I love you”. It feels so good when you actually believe yourself. I’ve been doing this for a solid 2 months now and I truly believe I love myself.
It was hard at first; I was really harsh on myself before and would often tell myself I hate myself but I stuck to it and now it feels true for me.
Do more that makes me feel good
This is the most fun one on my list, doing things that make me feel good. It’s essential that we make feeling good our number one priority. When we feel good, we do more good in the world and life just flows better.
I thought of all the things I used to love as a child and start adding them into my life. The more fun the better, it’s true that laughter is the best medicine.
So that’s my self-care plan, there are so many other self-care things I do but these are the essential ones.
Let me know in the comments below what’s on your self-care plan and you self-care essentials.