Are you feeling like..
- the days just slip away through your fingers with no sense of a routine?
- you want to slow down but don’t know how?
- overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood?
- life is chaotic?
- tired, burnt out, and run down?
All too often mama’s take the back seat and put their needs last. Take this self care assessment to see how you’re doing. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t practicing many, or any, of these things. That’s why I’m writing this post! It’s a check in, a gentle reminder that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your family.
Self care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation- Audrey Lorde
Self Care Assessment:
- Are you eating clean, unprocessed food? Seasonal leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables on a daily basis?
- Are you getting some form of exercise several times a week? (This includes walks or yoga!)
- How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
- Do you take a daily vitamin? Have you been tested for any vitamin deficiencies? Have you had your adrenal glands checked?
- Do you get regular physical checkups and dental visits?
- When was the last time you bought yourself new undergarments or pretty pajamas?
- Do you have ways to manage stress such as breathing exercises or meditation?
- Do you allow yourself to cry?
- Are there moments for you to laugh each day?
- Do you plan at least one trip or mini retreat each year?
- Do you have a meditation practice?
- Do you have sacred space?
- How often do you spend time in nature?
- Do you have a gratitude practice, such as a gratitude journal?
During the hustle and bustle of daily motherhood it can be difficult to remember to make time for even a few of these things. I’ve done a lot of searching over the years for the perfect planner to help keep me on track, but I could never quite find one that suited my needs. That’s why I decided to create my own Self Care Planner. I’m super excited to share it with you!
There are three parts to the planner: monthly vision boards, a monthly planning page, and the daily pages. What I love most about this planner is that it can adapt to whatever motherhood season you’re in.
1. The daily pages are the meat and potatoes of this planner.
If you are super busy, then I would recommend just printing the cover and back of the planner and then as many daily pages as you want.
The daily page contains a large space for “brain dumping.” I learned this from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way. Every morning, for two minutes, she just writes a stream of consciousness in her notebook; anything that is racing through her mind. Whatever is in her head, she writes it all down.
For two minutes jot down whatever is racing in your head, things you’re worried about, things that are stressing you out, anything. Don’t lift the pen from the paper, just write. It helps you to get all of those racing thoughts out of your mind. Resist the urge to use it as a to do list space. Remember, this is your self care planner!
It has space to mark off how you’re doing with healthy habits such as eating dark leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables, how much water you’re drinking and a reminder to take your vitamins and supplements. There’s also a spot to track how many hours of sleep you’re getting and if your wrote in your gratitude journal.
Need help picking an act of self care? No worries, we’ve got you covered. The daily page contains a list of self care ideas to check off and get you started. There’s also a spot to jot down any take aways from the day, a place to reflect on your self care move and how it made you feel.
2. There are twelve (optional) monthly pages with space to reflect on self care goals, seasonal foods and activities, and a spot for you to write down any special memories or achievements for the month.
I love this section because at the end of the year I often feel like time flew by and I didn’t accomplish anything. Then I pull out these lists and feel so much better about the memories and self care moves I’ve made!
3. The planner also comes with an optional vision board page featuring a different theme each month. The prompts will help guide you to create visions for the month ahead with themes such as sacred spaces, creating a bedroom haven, joyful movement, cozy living, and more.
At the end of the year you can discard your daily planner pages (if you want) and then you have a beautiful laminated book of vision boards and on the back of the vision bard, your monthly memories.
Vision Boards are truly magical creatures. They tap into the subconscious. Above is a picture of a vision board I apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar. It’s interesting to note that at the time I had no desire to have children yet I was compelled to put the picture of the family in the lower right corner.
Now I have a seven-year old daughter, a garden with foxgloves and fiddlehead ferns that I grow to eat in the spring. The picture in the lower left corner of the house in the woods is Falling Water, a house designed by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright. I have visited Falling Water in the past and this year am making plans to stay overnight in a Frank Lloyd Wright house only a few miles from Falling Water. It is one of only about 6 houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that you can stay overnight in. Dreams from this vision board are still coming to fruition nine years later!
Delving back even further to another one of my vision boards, here is one I made in 1999. The young man in the picture eventually became my husband and we’ve been together for 18 years!
To read more about vision boards, what they are, and how they work check out this article on the Huffington Post: The Reason Vision Board Work and How To Make One.
What this planner can do for you:
Plus, it isn’t dated, so you can use it year after year!
1. What is the size of the planner?
It is an 8 1/2 x 11 planner to give you plenty of space to write and make your vision boards.
2. How do you put the planner together?
The planner comes with printing instructions, but as far as actually binding it, I like to laminate the cover and back then use a three hole punch and clips to hold everything together. Check out this post on how to get the below planner supplies with free shipping.
Or, if printing in color is an issue I highly recommend 9 Cent Color Copies. They actually charge only nine cents per color page with no minimum page requirement! I use them all the time and they produce beautiful work and can bind the planner for you.
3. Do I have to wait until January to use the planner?
No! The beauty of this planner is that it can be started at any time. You could start it midyear and do a half year. You could also start one at the beginning of each season, quarterly, at the beginning of the year, or any new season of your life.
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