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Creating a Regimen of Self-Care

Creating a Regimen of Caring for Ourselves




We all have things that we want to do more often. We have the intention to take care of ourselves, but don’t seem to get around to it. Maybe we keep intending to try meditation, exercise, or go to more meetings. Whether it’s with therapy, working out, or working with a sponsor, having a regular schedule can be super helpful. Here are a few ways in which I’ve created a regimen of self-care, from my meditation practice to balancing my work life.

Scheduling

Of course this has to be the first thing I mention! I had a mentor in my recovery program about five years ago suggest that I make a calendar, list, or schedule for myself. I had shared that I often felt overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done in my life, and he helped me organize what needed to be done. To this day, I have a calendar created with what I need to get done and some things that I can hopefully get done if I have time. This helps me know what to do, feel productive as I get to mark things off my list, and keep on track.

This is super helpful professionally as I work from home, but I also use it for my self-care. It may seem silly, but I actually have my meditation time scheduled, my meals planned, and my workouts laid out. Doing these things can help us set the intention and really be reminded of that intention. I am absolutely not perfect with the follow-through of my intentions just because I have a calendar, but it really does help me get stuff done.

You can try this pretty easily. Set an intention for a time in which you want to do something to care for yourself. When we set a time, we make the intention more clear than when we just say we hope to do it “sometime.” Whether it’s meditation or prayer, taking a walk, or going to a meeting, block out some time to care for yourself!

Reminders

Setting reminders can really help us stay on track. We all forget things, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. One of the benefits of the calendar system is that my calendar notifies me when something is coming up. Having reminders like these can encourage us to follow through with the intentions we’ve laid out for ourselves. If you find yourself forgetting to take care, a reminder may be a great solution for you!

Most of us are near our phones during the day. You can set reminders on your phone and even set them to repeat. I do this myself with meditation reminders, reminders to pause and take a deep breath, and reminders to eat. It may seem silly to have to remind myself to eat, but I do and it helps! You can set a reminder in your phone or put a loving note near your workspace in your car.

Priorities

One of the best things we can do to create some regular scheduling of self-care activities is to check in with our priorities. This can be a part of our tenth step inventory process, but we really can benefit from tuning into what’s important to us. We get caught in fear or on autopilot during our days and forget about how important our recovery and spiritual practice are to us. By reminding ourselves of our deeper priorities we can begin to act on them.

One of the things I do is I reflect during my morning meditation on what matters to me today. Of course I’m approached with thoughts about work and other things, but I try to return to my deeper intentions. Connecting with my priorities like this helps me stay in tune with them better throughout my days.

These are just a few ways you can work on building some regular self-care routines. Give them a shot and keep an open mind!

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