What Is A Self-Care Worksheet?
Self-care encompasses looking after yourself across the physical, social, and psychological domains, and will look different for everyone. So deciding where to start improving your self-care can be a tricky decision. Once you have identified areas where your client wants to improve, this Self-Care worksheet helps them put a solid plan in place to ensure they follow through with improving the parts of their self-care they have identified.
This worksheet can serve as a take-home resource for your clients, or it can be an activity that you complete collaboratively during one of their sessions with you. Either way, this worksheet is a valuable resource to help your clients take responsibility for caring for themselves.
How To Use This Self-Care Worksheet
Before we begin, you’re first going to need to download your free copy of this Self-Care Worksheet, which you can do using the link on this page. If you want to skip to the action, just take a look at our Self-Care Worksheet Example in the following section, which illustrates how your clients can use this worksheet to plan their improved self-care regimens. Otherwise, if you want to ensure you fully understand each part of this worksheet, just read over this step-by-step guide for your clients.
Step One. Add your Name and the Date
First things first, your client should add their name and the date to the worksheet in the spaces provided. This worksheet can be completed entirely digitally using the interactive text-boxes
Step Two. Add in your Activities to Improve
The first column of the Self-Care Worksheet is for your client to add in the specific activity they want to improve in each area of your self-care. If they have already completed our Self-Care Assessment Worksheet, this part is easy, as they can just choose one of the activities from each section that they highlighted as “Want to Improve”.
Step Three. Write a Plan for improving this area of your self-care
Now your client will have five specific self-care activities they want to improve. The next step is for them to create a plan for how they will improve this part of their self-care. This could be as simple as setting aside time for self-reflection or relaxation or planning to reach out to three friends they haven’t spoken to in a while. To see more examples of what this plan might look like, just take a look at our Self-Care Worksheet Example below.
Step Four. Put the plan into action!
Planning is essential to ensure your client will make a lasting improvement in their self-care habits, but the real work comes when your client puts this plan into action. You may wish to monitor their progress during sessions with you, or review their completed worksheet if they are happy to share this with you.
Self-Care Worksheet Example (Sample)
To see examples or get some ideas for self-care improvement plans, just take a look at our example Self-Care Worksheet below. You can also download this example worksheet as a PDF if you prefer.
Who Can Use this Printable Self Care worksheet (PDF)?
We can all benefit from assessing and improving our self-care, even if these are just small improvements, and every bit counts towards improving your client's mental and physical well-being. As such, there is a wide range of practitioners who can benefit from offering their clients this Self-Care Worksheet, both in the mental health and in the healthcare space. These professionals may include:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Mental Health Nurses
- Social Workers
- Nurse Practitioners
- Family Doctors
Why Is This Worksheet Useful For Therapists?
Improve the organization of your resources
Having pre-formatted worksheets available to provide to your client is a great way to keep your resources organized and consistent. This worksheet can serve a range of your clients, and help to standardize the care you provide.
Focus on your client’s priorities
This Self-Care Worksheet focuses on those aspects of your client’s self-care that they actively want to improve. Not everyone will benefit from the same self-care activities, so it is important to focus your efforts on what is actually important to your client.
Revise and Adjust
This Self-Care Worksheet can be repeated over time as your client’s needs change and their priorities shift. Once they have mastered one aspect of their self-care, they may wish to redo the worksheet with new activities to ensure they are continually improving.
Benefits of Self-Care Worksheet
Spread across five self-care domains
To ensure your client is considering all aspects of their self-care, we have split this worksheet into five different self-care domains from which your client can identify the aspect of their self-care they most wish to improve.
Ensure your clients have a tangible plan in place
To see the best results, your client should set objectives that are measurable, time-bound, and achievable. With this worksheet, they can turn their “would like” into “will do” and feel confident that they can improve their self-care in a robust way.
Keep your client’s goals specific
It can be easy to fall into the trap of setting too vague a goal, for instance, “I want to be more social”. With this Self-Care Worksheet, your client will be motivated to choose a specific aspect of their social self-care regime they want to improve, and additionally, create a plan for that single aspect to ensure they actually take action.
Keep your documentation digital
Another benefit of this worksheet is that it can be completed, stored, and shared entirely digitally. This can be done using the interactive text boxes and check-boxes provided in the PDF download which means you can improve your practice’s data security as well as the accessibility and flexibility for your clients.
Engage your clients between sessions
Finally, worksheets are a great way to keep your clients engaged between sessions with you. They can take these worksheets home and work on them in their own time to ensure they are keeping up the good work and maximizing their treatment outcomes.
Why Use Carepatron For Self-Care Worksheet Software?
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the choices there are out there for managing your practice’s administration? Many of those options can be expensive and after all the work to set it up, it may not work for you; which is why if you’re looking for a simple, effective, and intuitive solution for your practice’s appointment scheduling, billing, data storage, calendar management, and much more, you can’t go past Carepatron.
Carepatron offers you a whole range of smart services to streamline your admin work, such as AI-powered dictation software, automated superbills and appointment reminders, team calendar integration, medical coding functionality, and telehealth appointment capabilities. And best of all, you can try it out for free today.