Happy May! I don’t know about you, but going into this month I feel relief. The sun is shining, warmer days are ahead, and I can’t wait for it. We’ve been talking about self-care in the SoulSisterhood (join us) and what a hard month April was and how we can do better going forward. That’s always my goal, to try to do better. Grab your Self-Love Workbook, which has pages just for this kind of reflection, and let’s do a quick review of April to see what better looks like:
Overall feeling about April?
What were you absolutely in love with?
Top 5 favorite moments?
Best thing that you did for yourself?
What were you grateful for this month?
Is there anything you wish you would’ve done differently?
What issues do you have to deal with going forward this month?
May Self-Care Plan
Now let’s look at these shiny and new 31 days ahead of us. How are you going to practice self-care, how are you going to give yourself what you need and make this month full of love for you.
What do you need right now?
Cuddles? Love? Space? What everyone needs is different. You might need to make time to do yoga, go out, get fast food so you don’t have to cook, take a nap – what each person needs is different and that’s okay!
How is your body feeling?
Sometimes I can feel the anxiety coming and cut it off before it really starts to affect me. Pay attention to the signs that your body is giving you. Rest, relax, recuperate, and prevent yourself from getting burnt out.
What boundaries do you need to enforce?
Are you saying yes to things you don’t want to do? Are you letting someone else infringe on your time/space boundaries? Take a stand for yourself. Set boundaries. “I need ___ right now.” should be part of your daily vocabulary.
Is there anything upsetting you or bothering you?
When you put off uncomfortable emotions they have a way making themselves heard whether you want them to or not. Confront the things that are bothering you and do your best to deal with them. Communicate.
Have you taken care of your basic needs today?
There’s more to basic needs than shelter, food, water, and sleep. What are your basic needs? What’s something essential that helps you to function and feel good on a day-to-day basis? Do that thing.
What are you holding onto that you need to let of?
Guilt for not doing enough or being behind on something? Imposter syndrome. The Not-Good-Enoughs? Let go of the baggage. Stop being so hard on yourself.
Take the time to answer these questions and adjust yourself accordingly. Taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, is what life is all about. Don’t neglect yourself. Love yourself.