There is no doubt a growing trend in self-care. Not only is self-care vital to prevent burnout in the workplace it also helps manage stress and promote healthy relationships! Josh Neuer is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with clients in private practice and also organizations around the world helping to make self-care an investment for themselves and others.
My Self-Care Plan
My Self-Care Plan, 2019
The self-care plan below is designed to be written down, posted where it can be seen and shared with a select few. Create your plan in community and share your plan with community.
*My Needs and Values: What drives you and motivates you in life? Self-awareness is a key factor in caring well for ourselves (and others) including our mind, heart and body. Examples: Feeling valued with those I love, time to rest, enjoying time with my family and close friends, getting into nature, setting and reaching goals in my life, daily prayer and meditation, etc.
*My Boundaries: We know our limits by our boundaries. In fact, boundaries help us protect and promote/advocate for our needs. Healthy relationships are founded on effective boundaries. What specific lines or limits will help promote greater opportunities and keep you healthy and balanced? Example: Manage your own calendar, build time into your day to take rest daily, set limits to email and digital communication, create a list, learn to say yes to what you love and no when necessary, set limits, ask someone for help, etc.
*My Support System: The key people you have chosen in your life that you can rely on to help you. Example : Closest friends, family, pastors or youth leaders, mentors, support group, etc.
*Community Resources and Creative Outlets/Care: We are built for community and we are better together. What community activities or resources are you engaged with helping yourself and others? What creative outlets do you enjoy for yourself and with others? Keep room for appropriate margin in your life. Example : Community Resources: Volunteering, support group, church activities or youth group, counseling, etc. Creative Outlets/Care: Exercise, sleep, lessons/practice, reading, outdoors in nature, write, sketch, paint, host and event, give back, making music, etc.
*Personal and Professional Goals: As with each of these pieces, designing effective goals requires reflection of the past and also having a healthy future focus. Briefly reflect on your life and then look forward. What would you like to accomplish in the next three to six months (short term) and the years to come (long term?)
Short Term Examples : Complete a looming task such as creating a bank account, call a distant family member, sign up for a program, read and complete a book or short term program, plan a trip, etc.
Long Term Examples : Finish high school/college, complete a certification or license, pay off a loan/come out of debt, start and reach a realistic exercise goal, train and complete a race, make a career change, get married, have children, start a business, adopt a child, etc.
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