Maintaining structure is an important life tool that takes continuous practice and a little discipline. When your self-care routine starts to slip, it can be hard to concentrate and prioritize. Sometimes it helps to just be told what to do so you don’t have to think too hard.
We’ve created this handy checklist to help you get back on track or at least on your way. Do what you can and don’t be too hard on yourself, but if you are able to check off the essentials on this list:
P R E P
- Set up sacred space. When spending a lot of time at home, it’s helpful to create separate spaces for work and rest. For your sacred space, add crystals, burn incense, choose your favorite throw pillows, stuffed animals, Tarot cards, comfy blankets, etc. You can also achieve this by separating “work” clothes and “chill” clothes—even if that means you wear yoga pants while being productive and sweatpants while chilling. That way your body becomes the sacred space.
- Print out this list (printable version below!). Copy this checklist onto a piece of paper or print it out. Post it somewhere you’re likely to see it everyday, like your bathroom mirror. We recommend not putting it on a messy bulletin board or refrigerator that might be already adorned with other mementos. Circle with colored markers or highlight different tasks according to when you’re likely to complete them. For example, pink highlight morning tasks, yellow highlight once-daily or midday tasks, and blue highlight evening tasks.
- Add tasks you’re likely to forget to your calendar. Do this until these tasks become routine enough to no longer need to do so.
- Online retail therapy: What better way to inspire a jumpstart in your routine than to purchase something special for yourself? Our Self-Care Essentials Set is a perfect choice to consider. It includes our Coco Rose Body Polish, a mini Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, our Prism 12% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial and a free Herbivore Mask Applicator Brush, transforming your home bathroom into a spa in no time!
- Morning and Night
- Shower or bathe
- Maintaining physical health
- Move your body for at least 20 minutes
- Eat three+ times a day, (aiming for at least 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables)
- Drink 48-64 oz. of water.
- Maintaining emotional health
- Call, text or FaceTime a friend or loved one
- Meditate for five minutes or more
- Relax for at least two hours before bed
- Plug in devices to charge fully
- Apply makeup
- Get dressed for the day (even something as small as putting on pants)
- Write a journal entry
- Take supplements and/or daily medication with food
- Read a physical book
- Tidy up
W E E K L Y
- Manage your money
- Check account balances
- Plan a budget (or something close)
- Assess pantry
- Do your grocery shopping
- Make something tasty in bulk for the week
- Clean up your home
- Spa time. Exfoliate with a facial mask, take a long luxurious bath, complete a full-length restorative skincare ritual. (Our Self-Care Essentials Set makes this task easy!)
- Do something non-work related (knitting, baking, painting, writing) for at least 20 minutes.
- Take a digital break: a no-news day, a no-YouTube day, a no-screens day, etc.
- Get together with a group over Zoom, FaceTime, etc.
M O N T H L Y
- Deep clean your home.
- Buy in bulk. Beans, soap, cartons of oat milk, pet food, etc. (No hoarding!)
- Try something new. Indoor-friendly ideas can include anything on this list you haven’t gotten to yet, doing family tree research, designing a fancy cocktail, trying out a new sex toy, or getting up an hour earlier each day for extra “me time.”
- Take one or two “whatever” days. Do nothing. Cry all day. Spend all day in the bathtub. Binge TV and eat nothing but junk. Whatever you feel like doing (within reason), do that.