5 Tips to Plan a Self-Care Day Adapted to Your Own Specific Needs

Self Care Day

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How to Plan a Fantastic Self-Care Day

Today, I want to share five tips to help you plan a fantastic self-care day that’s uniquely designed for your own personal needs.

We all have different lives, interests, and even health conditions. So, depending upon your unique situation, some self-care practices will be more beneficial or appropriate for you than others.

To be honest with you, I used to think that the concept of self-care days was a bit cheesy.

Not anymore!

For the past few months, I’ve planned at least one or two self-care days per month – days entirely dedicated to taking care of myself – and I always end up feeling refreshed and energized and having more motivation to work on my projects and business.

A self-care day is more than just a regular day off – it’s a day where you take the time to connect with yourself and focus on your well-being. It’s not selfish at all – it’s preventive medicine! Plus, by taking care of yourself, you can then show up at your best for others as well.

Here are five tips for planning a fantastic self-care day.

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1. Figure Out Your Ayurvedic Archetype

As I said, self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. The first thing I recommend doing is to figure out your Ayurvedic archetype (also called dosha) to define the best self-care practices for you.

This is one of the most useful things I’ve learned in the past couple of years. Ayurveda is the oldest health system in the world; it comes from India and is the sister science of Yoga.

According to Ayurveda, there are three main archetypes (called doshas). Each archetype has a specific set of characteristics that influence our mental and emotional states and physical health.

Everyone has the three archetypes but in different proportions. We usually have one dosha or archetype that’s predominant.

The three archetypes are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. I’ll tell you where you can take a quiz to know your dominant archetype in just a minute, but before I do so, let me quickly explain each one’s main characteristics.

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Vata Dosha

Vata is associated with the element of air. People who are predominantly Vata tend to be highly creative, think a lot, and have almost an obsession with freedom. Think of artists and people who are a bit bohemian.

Vata people tend to start many projects at once and have difficulty finishing any of them. They have a hard time staying focused on one thing and are easily distracted – they often have fifteen tabs open on their browser.

When their Vata is out of balance (when it’s too intense), they are prone to anxiety and insomnia. I’m very Vata.

For Vata people, a self-care day should include many grounding activities, like mindful eating, yoga, walking barefoot on the grass, meditation, and spending time in nature.

Pitta Dosha

The second dosha is Pitta, which is associated with fire.

Think of people who are highly organized, active, go-getters, type-A personalities, and high achievers. They tend to have more self-discipline and willpower than the other archetypes. A typical Pitta person could easily work as a manager or CEO or be an entrepreneur. For those people, a self-care day should focus on slowing down and relaxing.

Kapha Dosha

The third archetype is Kapha. People who are predominantly Kapha tend to be naturally grounded, present, and compassionate. They have a calm, relaxed, and nurturing energy.

When Kapha is out of balance (too intense), they can become lethargic, stuck, stagnant, and even insecure. For Kapha people, a self-care day should include movement and some form of exercise – perhaps going for a long walk or hiking. It should also include variety, like trying a new activity and getting out of their routines.

Each archetype also has its own physical strengths and weaknesses, and certain types of food are more appropriate for each archetype.

I’m not going to go into more details about the three doshas here, but I invite you to take this quiz. It’s free, and it’ll help you determine what your main dosha is so you can use this information to plan your self-care day.

Before you do that, though, I have a couple of other tips to share with you.

How to Plan a Self-Care Day

2. Make Lists

Another thing I recommend doing in preparation for your self-care day, is to make three lists.

List #1: Things You Love to Do

First, make a list of simple things that you love to do. Think of the little joys in your life.

For example, on my list I wrote:

  •       Walking in the woods
  •       Drinking an almond milk mocha latte in the morning
  •       Waking up without an alarm
  •       Watching a documentary or something on Gaia TV
  •       Having a BBQ with my friends
  •       Going for a walk and listening to podcasts

Those are simple things that bring me joy. They don’t really cost anything and aren’t complicated to plan, yet they make me feel good and happy. Create your list of what I call “little joys,” and make sure to do at least a few of them on your self-care day.

 

List #2: Things You Would Like to Learn

The second list I recommend creating is a list of things you would like to learn.

For example, I wrote:

  • How to make vegan cheese
  • How to make mala necklaces
  • Forest survival

For you, perhaps it’s learning to speak a new language, how to cook vegan food, play the guitar, or develop better creative writing skills.

 

List #3: Things You Are Curious to Explore

The third list consists of things you are curious to try or explore. I call this a list of experiments.

For example, a few months ago, I experimented with breathwork by trying Wim Hof’s breathing technique on one of my self-care days. I loved it and now it’s something that I do regularly.

With these three lists, you’ll have many ideas of things to do during your self-care day.

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3. Break a Bad Habit and Build a Good One

The third thing I recommend thinking about when planning your self-care day is a bad habit you would like to break and a good one you would like to build because our habits are an especially important aspect of self-care.

Of course, you won’t build or break a habit in a day, but I still recommend that you pick one bad habit that bothers you (for me, it’s eating dessert) and a good or healthy habit that you would like to build (ex: exercising), and do it on your self-care day and observe how you feel.

A book that I recommend reading to help you build or break habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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More Self-Care Ideas

For more self-care ideas, I recommend reading this article, 13 Self-Care Practices That Will Help You Thrive!

I also invite you to join the free 30-day Self and Life Improvement Challenge.

See you soon! 

Emilie 

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