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It’s shocking to me.
And what it tells me is that self-care is something many of us need help with. More specifically, we need help knowing quick, yet effective ways to take care of ourselves.
I’ll admit, I’m not always good at including self-care in my day, but I’m getting better at it. I’m making self-care a priority because I know that when I take care of myself, I’m a better person, mom, and wife. That’s important to me.
Self-care doesn’t have to take a long time, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Yes, there are plenty of amazing ways that you can spend time and money on yourself but let’s face it, that’s not always easy or realistic.
To help you out, I’ve created a free printable one-month self-care calendar that will help you stay focused on yourself and help create the habit of regular self-care.
The activities included are meant to be quick, yet effective. When you take even a few minutes each day to focus on yourself, the effects over time are noticeable. You’ll find that on this calendar, there are activities on the weekends that might require more time (or a bit more money), so look ahead and plan for those as best you can.
You’ll notice that most of the ideas are quick, but also don’t require much “stuff.” You can improvise as well- if you don’t have one of those awesome adult coloring books, print a coloring sheet off the internet and grab some highlighters. Or if you’re a mom, find any coloring book in your house. Or, find that sparkle nail polish that belongs to your child. The idea isn’t to over think this or make excuses, but instead, commit to making time for yourself and then follow through.
And, if you don’t like my ideas, I’ve included a blank calendar below for you to fill out for yourself.
Free printable self-care calendar
Updated for May, 2017!
(Click to download)
Blank free printable self-care calendar
(Click to download)
101 Self-Care Activities
Need more ideas for what activities to include on your self-care calendar? Take a look at this post for 101 awesome self-care ideas.
Self-care is a deliberate habit
Now is the time to make yourself a priority and find even a few minute a day to practice self-care. With so many quick and effective strategies to take advantage of, there are no excuses even for the busiest of moms. Take the time to download the free printable self-care calendar (either the one that’s filled in for you, or the blank one) and make this the month that you prioritize self-care.
What activities do you do as part of your self-care routine?