The M-Plan is a holistic approach to wellbeing and self-care. It puts you at the centre (notice if this idea makes you feel uncomfortable, that's okay, don't scroll on just yet). There's a valid reason for putting yourself in the centre. Beause, when we look after our needs we can better support others and live life to the full.
We can all play into the habit of being a little bit asleep to ourselves or at times deny ourselves the things that we need. The M Plan helps to remind us of the different ways we can maintain our wellbeing. We invite you to use it for inspiration rather than as another 'to-do list'.
MOVE- getting our bodies moving benefits our physical, mental and emotional health. It could be as simple as walking the dog, stretching, dancing round the kitchen. Anything that gets your heart beating a little faster.
MEDITATE - Meditation and mindfulness are recovery for the mind. You can't do it wrong, it's just about creating space to stop and be present with yourself in this moment. Here are some free meditation apps you might like to check out.
MAKE - we have an innate need as humans to use our hands to 'make'. The act of making can feed our sense of mastery, help us to be mindful and bring us pleasure. If you allowed yourself the time to 'make' with the intention of nourishing yourself or being playful what would you do? For inspiration check out the Tate's workshops & courses.
MEET- we have an in-built need to belong. Connecting positively with others feeds this basic need and can elevate our mood. Balance is required in this area, especially for introverts, for whom too much social contact can be depleting.
MEANING - we all need a sense of meaning, to feel like we are making a positive difference in the world. It can be found through your work, at home or in your community. It could be a small action like checking in on a neighbour or a bigger one like campaigning for a cause. What's your purpose, calling, passion, interest?
MINDSET - our mindset is made up of our beliefs, perspective on life and the way that we talk to others and ourselves about situations. Our minds and therefore our mindsets are more adaptable that we realise and we can nurture them in more beneficial directions.
Make the M plan work for you - play with and adapt it; ensure the activities really nourish you.