This free self care checklist will keep you on track to taking time for yourself every day!
As moms, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner while we take care of everyone and everything else. How many times have you fallen asleep before getting to work out, read a book, or write in your self care journal?
Taking care of the family, home, and work is exhausting! There just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.
So, how can we be sure we are making time for ourselves and our needs?
FREE Printable Self Care Checklist
This daily checklist makes sure you include little things into your day so you are taken care of, just like everyone else. Basically, you fill it with small self care tasks you want to complete each week.
Then, it works as a tracker to make sure you are doing what you need to each week. Simply check off each day as you do the activities.
Use the notes section at the bottom of the checklist to reflect to your week. Think about these questions as you reflect…
- How are you feeling after taking care of yourself daily?
- Has your mood changed?
- Is there a particular area you focused on more?
- Any improvements you can make to next week’s checklist?
This checklist printable is a great addition to the 30 day self care challenge!
What is Self Care Anyway?
Before you jump into using this self cafe checklist, let’s talk more about what self care is.
PsychCentral defines self care as:
any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health
No matter how big or small, self care tasks improve our lives every time we do them. They don’t have to be complex or take up a lot of time either. Many people fit self care in to just 10-30 minutes of their day.
It’s all about finding little ways to take care of your needs while completing your other daily tasks.
As we define self care, it’s also important to take a look at what it isn’t.
- Self care should never be something we don’t enjoy doing.
- It should never be something we force ourselves to do.
- It is not a selfish action – it’s an essential one!
Basically, self care is about recharging and energizing yourself. If you don’t take the time needed to care for yourself, you won’t be able to care for everyone and everything else!
Easy Self Care Ideas to Pamper Yourself
If you aren’t sure what to include on your daily self care checklist, the following ideas should help you. Know that self care should be an intentional process. As we stated earlier, it should be something you dislike or feel forced to do.
Let go of those negative feelings entirely. Self care is necessary for you, just like eating, drinking, and sleeping. This checklist is designed to create new routines for you so that your needs are being met.
Basically, any small task that improves your mental, emotional, physical or emotional health can be added to the checklist. I have a few ideas on each below.
- Unplug 1 hour before bed
- 15 minutes of journaling
- 1 random act of kindness
- Do a brain dump
- Listen to soothing music
We have even more emotional self care ideas!
- Take a warm shower
- Drink 64 oz of water
- Go for a walk
- Dance in your living room
- Get 8 hours of sleep
- Make a lunch date
- Video chat a friend
- Spend quality time with your kids
- Get a hug from a loved one
- Take a class
You will notice that many of these self care tasks overlap. For example, a walk is good for your physically and mentally – and socially if you meet a friend to walk with.
Those are the best kind of tasks to include in your self care routines.
Psst…we also have 40 more self care ideas for moms!
Download your FREE Self Care Checklist
Click the image to download and print the checklist to use in your daily life. Be sure to place it somewhere you will refer to it each day – in your self care journal, life planner, or on the fridge at home.
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