By Cheri Christiansen, CPA, MHA, CPC, RM
Life Coach and Founder of Four Pillars
Summer is the perfect time to start a self-care strategy. With the heat of the summer season upon us, we feel an increase in energy to plan summer activities and vacations, to try something new, and to take better care of ourselves.
Where do you start on your self-care strategy? Four easy steps:
- Self-assess: Really be true to yourself and acknowledge all areas of your life.
- Think about how positively you are really talking to yourself.
- What you are feeding your body to energize yourself?
- Are you being physically active and taking care of your body?
- Are you taking time for things that help you relax?
- Who you are spending your time with?
- What are you focusing your intentions on?
- What books or journals are you are reading to nourish your mind with new ideas?
- Are you participating in things that make your soul happy?
- Are you clear on your sense of purpose?
- Are you participating in social activities and meeting new and interesting people?
Periodic self-assessments are important. Be honest with yourself. You may see that you are lacking in one area of your life. Mind, body, spirit or social connections. Being aware is the first step so you can determine the best recourse to start your self-care. Keep in mind, self-care is important because when you fill yourself up, you are better equipped to share yourself with your work and with the people you love.
- Set intentions: no one knows what we truly want unless we have the courage to speak our truth and allow people to help up. We need to set our intentions to ourselves, the universe, and the people who surround us. To do this we need to be very clear ourselves on what we want. What do we want for our career, family, love, hobbies, health, home and even our summer plans? What do you want this summer to be remembered by most? What is the one thing you’d love to say you personally did to fill yourself up this summer? A class, a trip, a commitment to your health and wellness, an adventure, a remodeling project, making memories, or time with family? Time is something that we can never get back, so live in the now with clear intention and no regrets.