How to Boost Your Wellbeing With a Self Care Checklist
We use checklists a lot here at ShopEco. There’s an opening checklist, a closing checklist, and a weekly cleaning checklist that we refer to daily, plus other checklists for less frequent occurrences like training a new team member or doing an inventory count.
Checklists help us make sure that the things that are important for keeping the store running well don’t get missed in the bustle of chatting with customers and helping them with their purchases.
Similarly, you can use a self care checklist to make sure that you’re keeping yourself well while you juggle work, family, housework, and all of the other parts of your life.
What to Include In Your Checklist
Your checklist can be anything you want it to be, but here are a few tips gleaned from almost a decade of using checklists at the shop:
Stick to the bare necessities. If you’re trying to include absolutely everything you’d like to happen on an ideal day, your checklist can quickly become overwhelming. Skip the things you already do automatically no matter what, and the things that are nice to do but aren’t essential to your wellbeing. Include only the activities that make a noticeable difference in your health, mindset, or energy level, and that tend to get forgotten or skipped when things get busy.
Keep each item in the list brief. Your checklist is an at-a-glance reminder of the things you want to do in a given time period (usually a day or a week). Be specific enough that you know what you need to do, but keep any detailed notes, instructions, recipes, etc. separate from your checklist. This, again, will help it to not feel overwhelming.
Check in with yourself. Set a reminder to review your checklist after a week of using it. Is it working for you? Are you making progress toward completing the whole list during the time frame you decided on? Or do you need to make some adjustments?
Maybe your list is too long and you need to pare it down. Or maybe it’s too short and you’re not feeling as much of a difference in your level of wellbeing as you thought you would. Perhaps you’re forgetting to look at it at all and need to post it somewhere more visible. Repeat this process every week until your checklist is working well and getting completed in full regularly. Then revisit it again every 3 to 6 months and adjust as needed.
A Sample Checklist
Here’s my own daily checklist that you can use as a jumping-off point for creating yours:
- Have a drink of water before getting out of bed
- Fill a big tumbler with ice water to carry around throughout the day
- Go outside for at least 5 minutes
- Do 30 minutes of exercise or other form of movement (housework counts!)
- Cleanse, moisturize, and put on sunscreen
- Meditate for at least 5 minutes
- Do a breathing exercise for at least 1 minute
- Stand and move around for at least 1 minute every hour
- Be in bed to read and wind down by 9:30pm
Often, I’ll do the items on my checklist for longer - moving around more, spending more time outside, etc. But I know that even on my busiest days, I can do at least what’s on my list, and that it helps me feel good no matter how hectic life is.
What self-care necessities will you include in your list? Let me know in the comments below.
Take care of yourself,
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.