30- Day Self Care Challenge

Do you feel like you need to make more time for yourself?  2016 has come to a close, so to start the new year on a good note, I developed a 30-Day Self Care Challenge. Self-care is so important because it helps us to maintain our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Each day, I’ll be setting aside time for self-care activities.  You can join me in this challenge, too!  As you work through the guidelines for each day, share your successes on social media with the hashtag #briannafae.  It’ll inspire other people to make sure they’re happy and healthy.

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Day 1: Open your planner.  Write down any upcoming events or appointments.  Block out some days to use as relaxation days with no extra obligations.

Day 2: Take a relaxing bath or shower.  Use a product with a pleasant scent or color, use warm water, light candles, and/or listen to music.

Day 3: Catch up on a show you enjoy, or watch a movie or video you’ve been meaning to watch.

Day 4: Clean out your social media feeds.  Unfollow/unfriend anyone who brings you down, unlike pages with content that upsets you or is no longer relevant to you, unfollow or leave groups and chats that spam you with notifications.

Day 5:  Clean a room in your house.  Organize an area, sweep/vacuum the floor, put things away.

Day 6: Do your laundry, fold it, and put it away.

Day 7: Eat something healthy.

Day 8: Make a playlist of music that puts you in a good mood. Listen to it.

Day 9: Make a list of your favorite food, music, colors, anything.

Day 10: Write down as many positive things about yourself as you can.

Day 11: Color, draw, create something. It doesn’t have to be amazing.

Day 12: Consult with an expert on something that’s been bothering you (if you want to talk to a nurse practitioner, download the Maven clinic app and use my code, BRIANNABVIP for a $25 credit, which will give you a free appointment).  Talk to a doctor, therapist, or an expert in any field that you need advice in- medical, academic, or anything else.

Day 13: Read something that makes you happy. It can be anything- a book, a letter, poetry, spiritual/religious texts, an e-mail, etc.

Day 14: Make a list of people you can reach out to when you need someone to talk to.

Day 15: Do something outside.

Day 16: Give back.  Donate something, or your time, to a worthy cause.

Day 17: Plan something to look forward to.

Day 18: Do an exercise activity that you enjoy, or discover a new one.

Day 19: Play a game you enjoy.

Day 20: Make a list of the things you love about yourself.  Then, make a list of the things you love about 3 other people, whether you know them personally or not.

Day 21: Shred and dispose of papers you no longer need.

Day 22: Be honest about how you’re feeling today.  Talk to someone about it.

Day 23: Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished so far.  The time frame doesn’t matter.

Day 24.  Keep track of how much water you’re drinking today.  Are you drinking enough?

Day 25: Catch up with someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

Day 26: Create a plan to budget or save your money.

Day 27: Connect with people that you have things in common with through a forum, group, blog, etc.; online or in person.

Day 28: Tell someone how much you appreciate them today.

Day 29: Wear anything that makes you feel good about yourself.

Day 30: Reflect on which self-care activities you want to do more often.

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Put yourself first this month!

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  1. Stumbled on this on Pinterest. I love the idea of it, but I take issue with doing laundry and putting it away as being self-care. I do laundry at least three days each week, folding it and putting it away right away for my own sanity, and it definitely doesn’t feel like self-care. 😂

    1. I appreciate the feedback! The reason I put it on there is because although doing your laundry is more of a chore than a fun activity, imagine what would happen if your laundry didn’t get done and put away in a timely manner. Clothes would start to pile up; your room/house would get messy. Self-care helps to keep us sane, so if it’s being put away right away for your sanity, I’d consider it taking care of yourself, since the alternative would be stressful :). That being said, different self-care activities work better for different people.

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