By Claire McEnery 
 
This is part three of my self-care blogs, I post about self-care every Sunday and I mentioned it a lot in previous blogs. I’m pretty sure you know how important I think it is by now! 
 
I have covered the basics of self-care and given an insight as to why it’s so important, so what next? It is now time to start making sure that self-care is part of your routine both daily and weekly. 
 
If you currently feel like you are not practising self-care at all, it is a good idea to carry out a self-care audit. This is a checklist that I have devised for you to see what you are already doing, what you could be doing and what you definitely should be doing. 
 
For now, let’s talk about five areas that are a must as far as I’m concerned. 
Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner 
 
Sounds simple right? Are you eating a substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner every day? It is so easy to let our health slip, to skip a meal or think that a convenience meal is always okay. Make a note of what you’re eating and when you’re eating it, to see if you’re taking care of yourself. 
Spend time outside 
 
Fresh air is vital and so is daylight. Of course, in the winter months, daylight is limited which gives us even more reason to take a daytime walk! 
 
Make time for socialising  
 
Do you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel of life and work? Maybe socialising fills you with anxiety. Socialising doesn’t need to be huge public events but social time is very important. Arrange a catch up with a friend, join a coffee morning or even combine your walk with a catch up with someone! Talking with a friend when work and family life isn’t included is another vital part of taking care of ourselves. 
 
Keep a journal 
 
This can take a while to get used to and is something I help a lot of my clients with. Taking some time, usually around 20 minutes, to write things down can be life changing. Does that sound a bit dramatic? I am telling the truth. Start with simply writing down three things that you are thankful for every day and expand from there. Positive journaling can alter your outlook and change your mindset. 
Allow your emotions 
 
Anyone who tells you to always be positive is not being helpful. Yes, there is usually a positive to be found somewhere even on the darkest days, but we won’t always have a smile on our face. It’s okay to allow your emotions to flow and it is always okay to cry when you need to. 
 
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