Simple Self-Care Worksheet

The Self-Care Matrix

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.

How to Use the Self-Care Matrix worksheet

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.

What do you feel called to prepare for?

4 comments… add one

  • Deborah Penner January 23, 2014, 7:18 pm

    First response? I LOVE this and the whole concept is something I will incorporate into my consistent tiny practices … moving towards living the qualities that I want to be fluent in as I roll into 2015. Big WOW !!! I enjoyed the video!!

    • Alysa January 23, 2014, 7:40 pm

      Aw thanks Deborah! I taught a “Stress & Time Management” in the fall and this idea of preparing in advance to handle stress/isolation/frustration kept bubbling up. Glad I could dovetail that here.

      Consistent tiny practices – those are pure gold – aren’t they? :)

  • Merritt January 25, 2014, 9:13 pm

    I am so blessed to be a beneficiary of your desire to send out more cards and letters. Thank you!

    Love the matrix idea, too. Fits well with some other planning I was thinking about this morning. And makes total sense to plan for those times when the unexpected downer might hit. Grateful for this resource. And you! :)

    • Alysa January 25, 2014, 10:49 pm

      Hehe! Thanks Merritt!

      I’m totally looking forward to talking about planning with all the ladies on the Mastermind call on Monday. Glad you like the matrix idea too.

      I see you’re using a new e-mail address! :) Can’t wait to send everyone to your new project.

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