What’s in your self-care toolbox? Just as you have physical tools to complete tasks and projects, you also use tools that help you maintain your self-care.
You probably have a computer, smartphone, e-reader or other tool that you use to stay organized, focused, entertained and on track. These are the same tools that once were considered faddish, sophisticated or out of reach for the average user.
Yet, most of us can’t imagine our lives without our cell phones, electronic calendars, music players and game consoles.
Can you recall what it was like to connect with your long distance family and friends or even conduct business before we had Skype, Facebook, e-mail, or webcams? These are the tools that are so ingrained in our everyday lives that we now take them for granted.
I may be dating myself, but I can recall when we wrote letters that took 5-7 days to reach the recipient or the days when my long distance charges could feed several families in a third world country.
Tools serve a useful purpose in our daily lives. And in most cases, tools make our lives easier and more manageable. Our self-care toolbox is as essential as the scissors we use to cut paper and fabric or hammers and nails to hold things together.
In other words, a tool can be considered anything that helps us get the job done whether it’s a physical task or the emotional job of living your best life.
For instance, here are some of the things I have in my self-care toolbox that help me to stay organized, focused, accountable and inspired:
- A journal for recording thoughts, desires, and feelings that otherwise I might forget
- Passion about the things I love
- Humor for the time when life trips me up
- Calendar to make sure I adhere to a schedule
- Kindness to offset hurtful behaviors and harsh words
- Address book so I don’t have to remember a multitude of cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, email addresses and birthdays
- Gratitude journal to remind me to be thankful for what I already have
- Affirmations to replace negative, limiting and scarcity filled messages
- Patience for the times when I’m irritable and rushed
- Quotes and inspirational writings for the times I need uplifting
- Good friends whom I can call on for encouragement and support
- Commitment to finding a way to make it happen
What’s in your self-care toolbox?
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Gladys Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care