The Key to Success is Self Care

Shuran Jandu, RMT, CAT (C)
Registered Massage Therapist
Athletic Therapist
Performance Stretch Therapist

1. Make a Plan

Decide what you need to bring you peace of mind, and what you want in your life.  This means having a clear picture of what you want to your life to look like, for yourself, and putting together a well-defined set of goals to get you to that life.
Planning starts with figuring out what you want and writing it down in detail.  It’s important to have clarity on your definition of yourself; mentally, emotionally and physically.  You are the foundation of your plan.

2. Prepare for the Unexpected

Preparing for the unexpected can make the difference between your plans ending in failure or succeeding despite a bump in the road.
Make a list of things that could go wrong in your plan, in the case of the pandemic – lockdowns, curfews, gym closures, changes to routine, challenges of working from home, challenges of working out in the world.  Then create workarounds and backups for each potential problem.

3. Prioritize Your Goals

As you create your systems and put your good habits into practice, you’ll probably find there isn’t enough time in each day to work towards every goal.  Manage your time wisely, so that the right activities take priority.
Prioritizing your goals also means not getting distracted.  In other words, do not let social media, Netflix, e-mail, or a game on your phone derail your plans to work on yourself.

4. Develop Good Habits

Prioritizing goals makes you turn your goals in to actions, then you create momentum.  Those repeated actions are forming good habits, and can help you stay on track.  Follow an intentional daily/weekly pattern that moves you towards your goals with less stress.  This adds benefits of reducing stress and freeing your attention.

5. Learn From Your Mistakes

“The road to success is paved with failure.” Success usually comes by trying and failing in many different ways.  Do your best not to make the same mistake again.  Come at your goal from a new angle, keep changing and keep trying until you find a solution.

6. Master How to Say No

It can be uncomfortable, but the results are unbelievably gratifying.  Leaning how to say no is an essential key to successful self care.  Saying no means knowing your limits, your boundaries, and being able to determine what is worth your time and energy.

7. Invest in Relationships

“Its not (just) what you know it’s who you know.”  Investing in relationships is valuable.  People are made to be connected to a community.  Learning how to find your tribe takes time, intention, and practice.  It’s important to have a network of people that you can depend on for different needs, keep them close.

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