In previous posts, I have written about the importance of self-care and how to practice it. I know that sometimes we may not believe we have time to take care of ourselves, or even have the desire to do so. Therefore, I want to give you a 30-day challenge that you can complete on your own -- to help learn how to put yourself first, as well as build your self-confidence and overall well-being!
Day 1: Declutter a room or workspace.
Day 2: Listen to a guided meditation.
Day 3: Text someone you care about and tell them how you feel about them.
Day 4: Drink at least 1.5 liters of water.
Day 5: Clean out your e-mail inbox. Unsubscribe to any e-mails you no longer want or need.
Day 6: Take a long shower or bubblebath.
Day 7: Complete a random act of kindness for someone.
Day 8: Research an unfamiliar topic. Expand your knowledge.
Day 9: Try something new today.
Day 10: Stretch your entire body. Take 15-20 minutes to mindfully stretch each part of your body, which can include yoga poses.
Day 11: Do a one-minute long spontaneous dance... right now!
Day 12: Try a new exercise.
Day 13: Start or finish reading a book you haven't gotten the chance to pick up in a while.
Day 14: Eat a really healthy meal. Pay attention to how each part of your meal tastes and feels in your mouth. Recognize how you are nourishing your body, and the energy you will now burn the rest of the day!
Day 15: Go for a 30-minute walk.
Day 16: Say "I am beautiful" out loud 3 times.
Day 17: Do one thing that you have been putting off for a long time.
Day 18: Pamper yourself. That may mean doing a face or hair mask before bed; getting your nails done; doing an epsom salt soak in the bath.
Day 19: Kick back and watch your favorite movie.
Day 20: Create a list of short-term goals, with objectives to reach each goal.
Day 21: Make a list of all the things that you are grateful for.
Day 22: Define what gives you stress. Then, make a list of coping skills you can utilize to combat that stress.
Day 23: Treat yourself to something that feels good (i.e., massage, facial, beach day, sauna, delicious dinner).
Day 24: Ask a friend, family member, boss or co-worker for feedback on how you can improve.
Day 25: Learn a new recipe and cook yourself a delicious meal.
Day 26: Write a love letter to yourself.
Day 27: Meditate for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night.
Day 28: TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. Stay in for the night (if you already have plans, schedule this for another night) and spend some time with yourself.
Day 29: Go to bed early.
Day 30: Make plans with friends or loved ones for a fun day or night out!