This is a plan that you can use to plan your own self-care. Feel free to print and keep it close:


Sample Actions:

  • I will practice speaking to myself with kindness.
  • I will work on disempowering my saboteurs.
  • I will keep an “I’m worth it!” sign on my desk.
  • I will meditate, walk in nature and listen to relaxing music.

My Plan:


Sample Actions:

  • I will schedule two self-care breaks into my day.
  • I will begin walking on a regular basis.
  • I will drop 25 pounds by next year at this time.
  • I will schedule regular check-ups with my doctor and dentist.

My Plan:


Sample Actions:

  • I will say “No” to my mother-in-law when circumstances dictate.
  • I will make time to revitalize my marriage.
  • I will limit (or eliminate) the time I spend with people who drain me.
  • I will clear the air with those I care about.

My Plan:


Sample Actions:

  • I will tell my boss I’m no longer going to work past 5:30 p.m.
  • I will communicate better with my co-workers.
  • I will more effectively delegate to my subordinates.
  • I will talk to my supervisor about my future.

My Plan:


Sample Actions:

  • I will attend self-help talks or workshops.
  • I will block out time to go to gentle yoga several times a week.
  • I will spend more time with friends who value spiritual awareness.
  • I will allow myself more time in silence, solitude and prayer.

My Plan:


Sample Actions:

  • I will set aside quiet time after work to decompress.
  • I will play soft, soothing music every day.
  • I will not take on any more school, work, neighborhood or community projects for the rest of the year.
  • I will redo my “Bucket List” to reflect more of my true needs.

My Plan:


You can’t be your absolutely best at taking care of others unless you take care of yourself first. You’ll have more of yourself to give, but it must be you first.  Remember, plan, do and keep it close, because, also, there is no one who can take better care of you than you.

Physician heal thyself!

Love yourself, honor yourself, respect yourself and be your best self! You are the only you that you can be, so be the best of who you are. Take care of yourself. Don’t wait for other to do it for you. Start now and then when you are unable to do so independently, your standards will already have been set. Aim high and take care of you: body, mind, and soul!!

Be you! Do you! Take care of you! Practice self-care!

Use the plan, personalize it and stick to it. It’s yours. Keep updating your progress, too. And…if you fall short of your goals, don’t fret, or be discouraged. Just start over again, because every moment that we have afterwards is another opportunity to relax, regroup, reflect, and remember that you are still worthy of your efforts. It may also help if you reach out to a supportive friend, relative or co-worker, and let them know of your plans. Ultimately, your own personal will and determination will guide your commitment to plan to practice self-care. Make a plan. Go ahead, do it!

Be you! Do you! Take care of you! Practice self-care!

never give up


Published by JaDonnia B.

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnership between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I also tell truths rarely explored. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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