#MindWellMOT checklist and Weekly self-care planner

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We know that we need to do things every day to take care of our physical health like brushing our teeth or eating our greens but we don't often take the same approach with our mental health.

A car won't keep running without regular maintenance such as fuel top-ups, repairs and an MOT.

In the same way, we need to take time to relax, recharge and nurture our emotional wellbeing each week to keep ourselves feeling healthy and with energy in the tank.

Activities we do to look after our physical and emotional health are often known as self-care. Self-care isn't a luxury or something fluffy and it doesn't have to cost lots of money. Building in time each week for self-care rituals and healthy habits can help us to maintain and nourish our sense of wellness; be more productive and cope better with life's ups and downs.

Complete the #MindWellMOT checklist

The #MindWellMOT checklist can help you to think about your personal wellbeing needs.

#MindWellMOT checklist (blank form)

#MindWellMOT checklist (with example)

Set your own goals

Once you've completed the #MindWellMOT checklist take a few minutes to set some personal goals using the MindWell self-care goal-setter.

Moving more, eating a healthy diet, getting a good's night sleep, taking time to relax, nourishing your social networks and finding the coping strategies that work for you can all help to reduce the effects of stress and help build resilience.

Remember it's better to start small in your troublesome areas and work gradually towards permanent change.

MindWell self-care goal-setter (blank form)

MindWell self-care goal-setter (with example)

Daily self-care for everyday maintenance

Self-care for bad days

Self-care for days when your mood needs a boost

Self-care for students

You can then use the planner to build in time each week for your personal self-care priorities.

MindWell weekly self-care planner (blank form)

MindWell weekly self-care planner (with example)

Most of us use our digital devices to diary in events, but the evidence is that you're much more likely to stick to your intentions, if you write them down. It can also help to pin your planner somewhere you can see it, like your fridge or by your desk at work. You can always use your phone to give you reminders as well.

It might feel like there's never a good time to start. There are always so many things to do each day. So why not just start now?

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