"Self-care" has become an overused term. I'm guilty of it too! Self-care doesn't mean spending loads of money on a spa package, but rather it's a way of adjusting our lives to find time for ourselves. It can also mean reassessing how we spend our time.
what energizes you
Make a list of energizing activities
In this list, rank the activities that you would like to add to your schedule. Maybe you enjoy hiking and want to go once a month instead of once every two months. Anticipate how much time is necessary and realistic for each of these activities. Ideally, we might want to go on a hike for two hours, but realistically, we would still enjoy a 30-minute hike in the woods.
what's meaningful to you?
Reminding ourselves of the basics helps us shed light on whether our time reflects what's meaningful to us. This awareness guides us. It shows us what's important and how we want to spend our time. If we value family, does our schedule show that we're spending enough time with those who matter to us? Along the same lines, we have to take care of ourselves first in order to be there for our family.