In this course, we divide self-care into four categories and then explore ways you can use journaling techniques to nourish and care for yourself in each category.
The lessons in this course are short, but the writing exercises will challenge you. Do these writing exercises again in a year and see how you've grown.
Self-Care and Your Mental Health
Mental health covers areas such as stress reduction; rest and relaxation techniques; how to identify, set, and reach your goals; and healthy relationships and boundaries.
A big area of focus in this section of the class is how to figure out what you really want, and why you want it, and then how to work towards making it happen. Understanding your why is going to impact your how.
Self-Care and Your Emotional Health
Emotional Health covers identifying and naming your emotions. We spend time figuring out how you want to feel and steps you can take to move towards feeling that way.
Self-Care and Your Spiritual Health
When we talk about spiritual health in this course, we're not necessarily talking about religion, although that can be a part of it. The focus here, is on your beliefs and values, and the essence of what makes you you.
What are your values, and why are they your values? How does your everyday lived experience align with your values?
Self-Care and Your Physical Health
Health is so much more than diet and exercise, which we don't really cover. It's rest and learning how to relax and how to sleep well. It's following up on that funny twinge with your doctor. It's getting your eyes checked, because let's face it, it's getting harder and harder to squint your eyes into focus.
In this course, we will use journaling prompts and techniques to help you identify habits that are working for you and habits that are not. We will look for balance and identify areas where you can reach out to experts, such as physicians, to help you on your path. Sometimes, self-care is working up the resolve to call your doctor and make that appointment.
For the Difficult Days
This course includes a robust section of journaling tips and techniques and other resources for getting through those really difficult days.
These tips are not a replacement for mental health intervention but in many cases, may provide the necessary encouragement and steps for reaching out for help.
Thought-Provoking Journal Prompts
These prompts will help you build on topics discussed throughout this course, and can be used over and over again.
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