The Self Care Saver

This exercise is designed to help identify the self-care practices that would serve you the best. As our personalities, lives, and interests develop over time, so will our self-care needs. Because of this, I invite you to revisit this exercise anytime that you feel like your self-care routines could use a refresh. If you would like a printable copy, just add your email to the subscription list here and a link will be sent to your inbox.

STEP 1: Think of three memories that make you smile – times of pure bliss without a care in the world. These memories can be of small or large events, recent or far in the past.




Ex: Laying in a hammock by the lake; wedding day; sitting on a cliff in Kauai

STEP 2: Find three things about each memory that created relaxation and bliss.

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

Ex: The breeze and sounds of nature, spending time with my husband, sunshine.
Feeling beautiful and confident, having created something beautiful, hosting those I love. Seeing somewhere new, feeling small, hearing the waves crash.

STEP 3: Find some points of common ground between the things from Step 2.






Ex: Nature; time with people I love; creativity; discovery; etc...

STEP 4: Brainstorm ways to incorporate some of these common themes into your daily self-care.

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

1. _________________ 2. __________________ 3. _________________

Ex: Go for a walk, meditate to nature sounds, drive with the windows down. Plan coffee dates, host dinners, write/call friends and family. Go to a new part of town, actively learn something new, read.

STEP 5: Set your intention for self-care and hold yourself accountable. Do at least one of these things every single day. Then, notice how you feel and how the act of intentionally
designed self-care impacts the rest of your day-night-week-month.

STEP 6: Repeat this exercise anytime you feel like your self-care is in need of a tune-up!


Self-care can start off feeling like a frivolous after-thought, but it is so much more significant than that. Self-care is about learning who you are at your core and fueling that core to allow you to become the most fulfilled and powerful version of yourself. It can be so easy to become whoever we need to be in the given moments of our day-to-day life, but you were designed intentionally. You were designed with deep desires and incredible gifts that can only be shared and truly fulfilled when focused on and fostered. Take time to remind yourself of who you are and what makes you light up, because when you shine a little brighter, the whole world gets a little brighter too.

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