A self-care strategy is analysing what parts of yourself you need to work on to support your wellbeing.

Your strategy doesn’t have to be complex. It’s a simple list of things you know may impact your wellbeing and your ideas for how to address them.

What makes a good self-care strategy

A good self-care strategy looks at what impacts your wellbeing and what helps to address those impacts.

You can help your thinking by breaking it up into:

  • Prevention: things you can do to avoid or minimise negative impacts on your wellbeing
  • Boundaries: rules or limits you can put in place to support your wellbeing

Examples of prevention

  • You have a bad back when you sit for a long time, so you prevent this by standing up a lot
  • You get meeting fatigue from back-to-back meetings, so you block out time in your diary to stop this from happening

Examples of boundaries

  • You make it clear to everyone when you’re available and working
  • You let everyone know about a topic that triggers you so they avoid it

Template to write your own simple self-care strategy

Use this table as a starting point for coming up with your own self-care strategy.

Start off slow and try one or two things.

If they work, keep doing more. If you find some strategies aren’t working, refine them or analyse them again.

Issue Strategy type to use Self-care strategy
I’m in back-to-back meetings too much Prevention Block out time in my diary every second day
I’m always late home for dinner Boundary On Mondays and Fridays, I’m finishing work at 5pm