Embracing & Acing Self-Care: A Self-Care Assessment Guide

Self-care has become something of a buzz term in recent years, but it's one that's well worth the hype. In today's fast-paced world, taking the time to deliberately focus on yourself is key for overall health, balance, and wellness.

And while it’s a simple concept in theory, self-care is often overlooked and can be challenging to prioritize. To make it a bit easier, we've put together this self-care assessment guide. It's designed to help you analyze how well you're tending to your personal self-care needs, spot any helpful or less-than-ideal patterns, and prioritize areas that may need extra attention.

Download the Self-Care Assessment Guide

How to use this self-care assessment tool

In this self-care assessment, you’ll use a rating system to measure the quality and frequency of your self-care practices across two categories of self-care: Physical and Psychological.  

Here are the ratings:

  1. I do this poorly / I do this rarely or not at all
  2. I do this OK / I do this sometimes
  3. I do this well / I do this often
  4. I would like to improve at this / I would like to do this more frequently

In each of these categories you’ll consider activities that you currently engage in or plan to engage in and assign a rating to each activity.

Examples of physical self-care activities may include:

Examples of psychological self-care activities may include:

Part of self-care if being kind to and forgiving of yourself. It’s okay if you can’t rate yourself a 2 or a 3 in for each activity.

Remember that developing and utilizing a self-care practice is an ongoing process – while it can be time-consuming at first,  carving out space for it in your daily life pays dividends in terms of emotional resilience, sense of wellbeing and balance, and overall health.

How to develop sustainable self-care practices

Now that you have the assessment, let's make sure its sustainable! Here are suggestions to ensure the practice can fit into your everyday rhythm in the long run:

Consider seeking support from a therapist

Self-care practices can be utilized on your own; however, when faced with life’s challenges, it isn’t always easy to prioritize caring for yourself.

A therapist who specializes in the following types of therapy can help you incorporate self-care practices in order to improve mental, emotional, and physical health: