Care for oneself has a direct correlation with the way we care for others. Josh has spoken with numerous organizations and leaders about the importance of creating a self-care plan to prevent burnout. Please see the template below including the inventory of personal Needs, Values, Support System, Community Resources, and Personal and Professional Goals. These items should be written down, posted where they can be seen and shared with a select few. Goals are more likely to be achieved when they are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
My Self-Care Plan, 2019
*My Needs and Values: What drives you and motivates you in life? Self-awareness is a key factor in bringing to mind the needs and specific ways in which to care well for ourselves including our mind, heart and body. What do you need to live a thriving life.
Example : 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, 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: These are the key people in your life that when you need help the most you will reach out to no matter the issue or the hour of the day.
Example : Closest friends, family, pastors or youth leaders, mentors, 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 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.