Last week I shared simple care-package ideas to create in advance in order to restore yourself and others.
As promised, this week I’ve created a straightforward worksheet for you to identify the times in your life (days, weeks, months, year, environments) that you and others most need care. There’s space for listing the things that bring your comfort and restoration, the people you want to intentionally connect with this year, etc. Being prepared to care for yourself and others ahead of time somehow adds depths and meaning to fellowship.
Simply click the link below to access the Self-Care Matrix worksheet that you can save to your computer, print, and fill out for yourself, family, and friends. I’ve also recorded a video with more information about how to use the worksheet, which you can see below the worksheet download link.
Of course this isn’t about making complicated and grandiose gestures for everyone in your life, it’s about committing to be present with yourself, family, and friends. Sometimes a little forethought goes a long way.
A perfect example of this process in action stems from a conversation I had with a dear friend just yesterday. It’s more than likely she and her family will be moving to a new town come summer. She’ll be away from her extended family for the first time and likely won’t know anyone.
She’s deeply aware that the situation might stir up loneliness, so instead of waiting until summer she’s already researched several mom groups she can join when she settles in. That’s preparing in advance for fellowship and restoration at it’s finest.