It was a buzz-word of 2017 but with any luck it has been carried over into 2018 and will become the catchphrase of our generation.
Self-care is often the first thing to be cast aside when we are stressed, yet it should be the first thing we do to ensure we don’t get any more stressed.
Mental health awareness is a hot topic these days. It’s becoming the norm to open up, yet other than talk about how we feel there are things all of us can do to look after ourselves.
I call this a joy list. You can call it whatever you like.
So what is it?
Write down 10 free things you like to do that make you feel happy. Things that fill you with joy, fill your cup, top up your happy tank.
They don’t have to take up much time, but should be a minimum 15 minutes.
Here are some examples you can use, or come up with 10 of your own:
Now compile a second list. This time write down five things that bring you joy but cost money. They don’t have to be expensive.
Here are some ideas:
Now you have got both your lists you are all set.
Each week pick at least one item from your free list. You can pick an item more than once a week, but weekly should be your minimum.
Every other week pick something from your luxury list.
There is no maximum on self-care.
Do what you need to fill yourself with joy.