Ever wish you could mark off a checklist to make sure you’re on the right track for mind, body and spirit well-being? Now you can.
After the kids went to bed one evening, I sat down to write a list of all of my daily must-have self-care practices that allow me to truly feel well and be present in my life—a full night of sleep, some movement throughout the day, eating nourishing meals at regular intervals. I call these my self-care must-haves because they are the backbone of a healthy lifestyle.
To my list, I added other things that I typically do for self-care every day. These extras can enhance and enrich whatever I'm trying to amplify in my life.
This basic self-care/stress less checklist was inspired by Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science and one of the oldest medical traditions in the world. You can’t really talk about radiant well-being without also referencing Ayurveda.
Practice It: Self-Care Checklist
Print the list below, and at the end of every night, check-in with yourself to see how you dedicated time and thought to your self-care. The more you practice self-care, the more it becomes part of your routine.
If you had to describe your feeling as you moved through the day, what one word would you use?
Got 7 to 9 hours of sleep last night
Ate a moderate breakfast between 7 and 9 am
Ate a filling lunch between noon and 2 pm
Ate a small, nourishing dinner between 5 and 7 pm
Ate mostly veggies and fruits, and healthy fats and proteins
Drank enough water to stay hydrated
Began the day with warm lemon water
Engaged with high-vibe content—a book or magazine, an inspirational podcast or video
Turned off all electronics at least one hour before bed
Did something I truly enjoy and felt more cheerful as a result
Connected with at least one person in a meaningful way
Of course, there are other self-care practices that can be added as optional add-ons, but this list can help you get started. Mix and match the various options, and infuse this list with your own to customize them to your lifestyle and schedule. Let me know how it goes on Instagram @juliegtheyogi!