Self Care Planning For A Great Week
I’ve always loved Mondays. I work in a fast paced business, but Monday’s? Monday’s are usually office days. You review reports and plan what you’re going to attack that week. The calm before the storm, so to speak. But lately I noticed myself saying things like this Monday is Mondaying so hard. No bueno.
1. I started making a happy list. It sounds so hokey and something insanely positive people do, listing all the things they’re happy about? No. It’s a concrete list of 3 really great things that happened last week, then 5 things you’re excited for this week. It works wonders for my anxiety, my mood, & my overall happiness with life.
I don’t make one every week but the weeks I do i’m laser focused on just 5 things I need to accomplish and things that made me smile from the week before.
Try it! I use the Canva app to make graphic ones that I can use as my phone’s wallpaper. This helps if you need constant reminders, like I do.
2. Make a routine around what you're going to eat. God bless those women who plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's not me. Instead I have a routine. Sunday I make something that's large enough to have for dinner on Monday as well. Pasta is usually the go-to here. Baked Ziti or Bolognese is always delish. Tuesday is for tacos. Wednesday is usually Chinese food or a pizza & salad, Thursday we eat some sort of soup in the winter/fall or salad in the spring/summer, and Friday is date night when we almost always go out. I also do slow-cooker Saturdays where I throw something in the slow cooker before I go into work and have something yummy when I get home. These routines leave me space to try new recipes but also keep me (and my budget) in line. (upclose & epic tip: use this same routine template for your hair, clothes & makeup)
3. Plan your self care time. I've seen hashtags on twitter for Sheet Mask Monday or beauty groups forming around Saturday night rituals of hair treatments & hand masks. Plan a manicure, a blow out or a night to take a hot bath with a Moroccan scrub glove and coconut oil (my new fave skin treatment).
4. Clean. Out. Your. Purse. When my life is a mess, my purse is a mess. Part of my week planning always involves a purse/ wallet clean out. I can then organize my receipts, take out the 50 lipglosses I've added during the week, and makes sure I look at my planner to see what's going on and prepare myself mentally.
5. Have a few focusing quotes or affirmations to lean on. If I know I'm going to have an uncomfortable conversation with my boss I think of the quote "you've survived 100% of your bad days" If I need to feel motivated "you have as many hours in the day as beyonce. how are you spending them?" and one of my favorites to get through some "what am I doing with my life" moments of anxiety is "allow the space between where you are and where you want to be, to not terrify you but to inspire you" I do a quick pintrest search for a few new ones every week and add them to a note/text to myself.
It's really a great thing to plan to take care of yourself in advance and to feel your life getting smoother and yourself more confident in your abilities to handle the things you have going on.
What do you do to make sure you have a great week?