Quantifying the Results of Self-Care

In our fast-paced world, taking the time for self-care is usually not easy; it takes diligent effort to combat the thousands of distractions, responsibilities, and stressors that seem to invade our existence every day. We can assure you that if used properly, that time can revolutionize your life and transform your day-to-day existence from something mundane into something blissful, enlightening, and truly beautiful. But sometimes assurance isn’t enough, and you need quantifiable results that stare you back in the face, leaving you with no choice but to continue your self-care practices without any remorse at the time lost.

The efficacy of self-care is usually understood by how happy you feel, how shifted your outlook is, your overall energy level, and the quality of your relationships. These are qualitative variables, and when self-doubt or a new pressing email slap you in the face, they don’t hold up all that well. But there are ways to measure your progress quantitively that don’t get shut down as easily, as we’ll explain right now.

Choose Your Priorities

Chances are that if you’re reading this post, you’re interested in self-care. Now, dig deep inside. Why is that? What do you believe self-care can change that you really want to change about yourself? What can self-care help you with that nothing else can? Examples may include your overall mood, motivation levels, health, or relationships.

Once you’ve decided exactly why you want to engage in self-care, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Design A Test

Remember those charts at the doctor’s office, labelled from 1 to 10, displaying cartoon faces at varying amounts of pain? Your tests don’t have to be quite as dramatic, but they’ll have a similar purpose.

For each category that you chose earlier, create a way to numerically or categorically decide how you’re feeling each day. This could be through a scale like the one mentioned above, a set of multiple choices, or a simple numbering system for each area that you want self-care to improve.

One great way to do this is through an online document editor, like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Once you’ve come up with a good template that you’ll look forward to filling out each day, it’s easy to print a bunch of copies for easy access.

Quiz Yourself

To act as a control, you may want to begin self-testing when you’re not working on self-care—this way it can serve as a baseline to compare future tests to. Then, it’s time to get started!

As you continue your self-care routine, notice what’s changing. What areas are improving that you are particularly happy with? What areas may need some new techniques to see improvement? By quantitatively measuring your progress, you’ll be able to accurately assess what’s working, and what’s not, without your mind getting in the way. And in the process, you’ll gain a firm grasp of the transformative power of self-care.

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