6. Empowering Yourself through Support and Self-Care


Developing a plan of self-care

Take the time to create a self-care plan that helps you prevent or overcome negative feelings. Your plan can include engaging in a particular activity, spending time with a particular friend or focusing on a way of thinking—anything that comforts you and gives you a sense of well-being and stability. Make sure to engage in an activity that is nurturing and that gives you pleasure and/or fulfilment every day. Print out the form to create a self-care plan for yourself.

Alternately, you can enter your plan below and click the Print button if you would like to save it for your records.

If one of the areas in your self-care plan looks sparse or empty, you may want to think about whether this is a component of your life that you should work toward expanding. For example, if you have always been an energetic and active person, and you are too busy to exercise and that you feel down and tired all the time, this is an excellent area to begin working on your own health and well-being. Know that you can start with one or two things in each area of your self-care plan and build on it with time.

Download this Self-care plan activity.

Download a sample of this Self-care plan activity.

Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Self-Care Plan

Physical health

Emotional health

Social life

Spiritual life

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