We’ve been through 11 months of extreme self-care together. But where do we go from here and how do we remember all that we’ve learned? In The Art of Extreme Self-Care, Cheryl Richardson’s final chapter focuses on how to make your own extreme self-care tool kit.

We’ve learned a lot in the past year, but during a crisis, it’s easy to forget what we’ve learned. In any given year there can be an accident, job loss, death or any other number of big or small events that push us to the limit.

It’s going to happen. We now have some tools to fall back onto when it does get tough. But the key is how are we going to remember those tools when that crisis comes? And it’s as simple as creating a spreadsheet or Extreme Self-Care answer key to use when you need it most.

I’ve attached a spreadsheet for you to use. In it, you’ll answer questions such as:
Who can I turn to for support when I’m afraid?
Who do I need to avoid?
How will I best express my feelings?
What can I do when I need to take a break?

The answers to these and other questions will allow you to have a fallback in time of a crisis. If someone falls ill in your family, pull out that card and look at it. You’ll know who to call that will support you, who to avoid because they cause more anxiety, and how to take care of your physical health so you can be there for others.

If you’re looking for additional ways to bring self-care into your life, Cheryl Richardson has an amazing deck of Self-Care Cards. There are 52 different cards to use in different ways. Use weekly or you can pull ones at random, whenever you need additional guidance for self-care.

To find the rest of the monthly self-care calendars, go to Extreme Self-Care. You can check out Cheryl Richardson to find other books by her. If you really want to do some pampering self-care throughout the year then you might find what you need here.

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