Taking time out for self care is critical, considering we're all busy and pulled in different directions, but this little interactive game/flowchart, suitable for bookmarking, asks you a few pointed questions about how you're feeling and offers suggestions to help you take good care of yourself. Photo by James Stencilowsky.
From remembering to get enough sleep to reminding you to take your medication at the same time every day, the whole guide is lengthy, but worth it. The author suggestions you do it maybe at the start of your day, and set aside a good bit of time to work through the whole thing. As you do, you'll build up the habits necessary to give yourself the best chance at, well, being the best you. As the opening screen notes:
This is meant to be an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals. It's designed to take as much of the weight off of you as possible, so each decision is very easy and doesn't require much judgment.
Each of the questions is deeper than a "did you do this thing", too. When you're asked if you've eaten recently, if you say no, you get a screen that reminds you how important it is to eat something, and how it's OK to eat whatever's easy if cooking is difficult or you don't have time. Similarly, if you say you need help, you'll get some suggestions on what low-effort meals you can make in a hurry, or what some of your other options are.
They may seem obvious to some, but when you're struggling with depression, anxiety or just incredible amounts of stress, even a little nudge can help. Hit the link below to try the whole thing out, and keep it around for those times when you could use a helping hand.