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  • Writer's pictureMadhurima Sappatti

Using Memories and Dreams to Create a Personalized Self-Care Plan

Using memories and dreams to create a self-care plan
Using memories and dreams to create a self-care plan

Self-care is a buzzword that often conjures images of luxurious spa days, expensive retreats, or time-consuming hobbies. But for many of us, these ideas can feel overwhelming and unattainable simply from a time perspective.

The good news? Effective self-care doesn't have to be extravagant.

In fact, it can be deeply personal and rooted in the simplest joys from your past and your dreams for the future.

Here’s a trick to make it easier: use your memories and dreams to craft a self-care plan that’s uniquely you.

Revisit Your Past for Self-Care Inspiration

Think back to your childhood.

What are your top 10 nostalgic memories?

Here’s how to use them to create a personalized self-care plan:

  1. Identify the Core Elements: Reflect on what made those moments special. Was it the activity, the people, the feelings, or something else?

  2. Replicate Those Memories: Consider and explore if you can recreate those moments today. For example -

  • Reading Under the Covers: If you loved reading comic strips or books under the covers with a flashlight (especially after your parents told you not to do that as it would lead to bad vision - hello spectacles and migraines), set aside time to read your favorite books. Create a cozy nook in your home with soft lighting, reminiscent of your childhood hideaway.

  • Jumping in Puddles: Did you enjoy jumping in puddles on a rainy day (I mean who didn't??? My favorite memories were around jumping in puddles when wearing all white - understandably so, I didn't do the laundry). Find a way to incorporate a playful element into your life, like a walk in the rain or a playful splash in a pool.

  • Family Meals: If your fondest memories involve shared meals with family, try to recreate that sense of connection with regular family dinners or gatherings with friends.

The goal is to capture the essence of those happy times and bring them into your current life. These activities often nourish and celebrate our inner child, providing a deep sense of comfort and joy.

Envision Your Ideal Future

Now, let’s shift our focus to the future. Imagine your ideal life, where everything is perfect and you have no urgent or immediate responsibilities. How would you spend your time? Use this vision to inspire your self-care plan today:

  1. Define Your Ideal Future: What does your perfect day look like? Who are you with? What are you doing?

  2. Incorporate Elements of Your Ideal Life: Identify aspects of this ideal future that you can integrate into your present. For example:

  • A Cozy Reading Nook: If your dream involves spending time in a secret library with a comfortable bed and weighted blankets, with a stack of snacks and beverages, create a reading corner at home. Dedicate time to read during your breaks, providing a relaxing escape and a motivator to stay productive.

  • Travel and Exploration: If your ideal future includes traveling, start exploring new places locally. Take weekend trips or discover new parts of your city.

By bringing elements of your future dreams into your daily routine, you can create a self-care plan that not only helps you relax but also keeps you motivated to achieve your goals.

Nourish and Celebrate Your Inner Child and Dreams

Ultimately, self-care is about nourishing and celebrating your inner child and dreams. By revisiting your past and envisioning your ideal future, you can create a self-care plan that feels authentic and fulfilling. This approach not only helps you manage stress but also reconnects you with what truly makes you happy.

So, next time you feel overwhelmed by the idea of self-care, remember to look to your memories and dreams. They hold the key to a personalized self-care plan that’s both meaningful and sustainable.

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