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I’m such a self-care junkie. One of my favorite things to do when I get home from work is decide what I will do for the rest of the day that will help me relax and unwind.
Self-care is essential for our happiness and mental well being. Often times we take our mental health for granted, however, I believe that mental health is right up there with our physical health.
I’ve seen a few of these self-care challenges on Pinterest and decided to make one of my own since self-care is something that I am super passionate about.
If you would like to do the self-care challenge with me, there is a printable at the bottom of this post that you can use to track your progress. Feel free to change some things around or do them out of order!
Day 1- Start drinking more water.
If you’re drinking 1L of water daily already, try bumping it up to 2L!
Day 2- Make a playlist of all your feel-good tunes.
Nothing beats a good Spotify playlist that you can jam out to, and it’s an even bigger bonus when they’re all songs that make you feel great.
Day 3- Write a few things you are grateful for.
…and keep it somewhere you can see daily to remind you that hey, your life is pretty awesome.
Day 4- Eat a hearty salad.
Vegetables don’t have to be boring! Find a kickass dressing you enjoy and go to town with the greens!
Day 5- Cook something you really love to eat out.
Pinterest is full of copy-cat restaurant recipes , so why not try recreate something delicious at home?
Day 6- Run a warm bath.
Warm baths are the best. The end.
Day 7- Read a couple of chapters from your favorite book.
Reading can be very therapeutic, so if you have a book you really enjoy, take some time during the day to read a little.
Day 8- Go on a walk.
Exercise is a proven way to release happy hormones. If you’re not into going to the gym, take a brisk walk in a nice part of town instead.
Day 9- Get a massage/mani-pedi/ facial.
Who doesn’t love a good pampering? I personally love facials, and I have started to just do them at home to save time and money.
Day 10- Go on a date with yourself.
This can be as simple as going to a coffee shop for an hour or going to a bookstore to find a new good book!
Day 11- Bake something just for yourself.
Some cookies, a mug cake, banana bread or whatever your heart desires.
Day 12- Watch something motivational
There are so many motivational talks on Youtube, and my favorite ones are TED talks.
Day 13- Watch the sunset.
There is something so calming about watching the sunset. Today, go out and enjoy it.
Day 14- Do some yoga.
Yoga has amazing benefits. If you’re a beginner, Yoga With Adrienne is great.
Day 15- Meditate for 10 minutes.
Meditation is something I thought was silly before I started learning about it. When I meditate, I use guided meditation on YouTube, but you can also download an app like Head Space.
Day 16- Listen to a podcast.
I love podcasts! My favorite podcasts are ones which are motivating and inspirational, usually by other women.
Day 17- Treat yourself!
Do whatever you feel like today. Massage? Shopping spree? A nice, long nap? The world is your oyster!
Day 18- Call up a good friend.
Especially that friend who makes you cry from laughter.
Day 19- Curl up with a blanket and watch a romcom.
Who doesn’t like a lazy afternoon with a romcom? Some of my favorites are The Proposal, Pretty Woman, Miss Congeniality, The Devil Wears Prada, and Confessions Of A Shopaholic.
Day 20- Make a bucket list.
Write down all the things you want to experience in your lifetime, from places to visit, to more simple experiences.
Day 21- Get creative and make something.
There are so many things you could make! Paint a picture, decorate a mug, try out a crazy cookie recipe.. the list goes on and on.
Day 22- Have a no social media day.
I guarantee you will feel so much better after taking a break from social media. If you can’t last the whole day, give yourself a few hours off instead.
Day 23- Go to bed early.
Because what’s better than an early night?
Day 24- Make a DIY spa at home.
You can have the best time by making all the potions needed for an at-home spa day.
Day 25- Write down your future goals.
From bigger goals, to smaller goals you’d like to achieve, and don’t leave anything out.
Day 26- Declutter your space.
A nice, clean home is so much more relaxing than a cluttered one. Pick a room in your house to declutter and go to town.
Day 27- Buy yourself some flowers.
Just because there aren’t many things in life better than fresh flower.
Day 28- Clean out your wardrobe.
Donate what you don’t use, and make space for future pieces.
Day 29- Get a checkup at the doctor’s.
Nobody likes going to the doctor, but make it a point to have a full check-up every once in a while. It won’t hurt.
Day 30- Get a plant.
Plants bring a lot of life into the home. If you don’t have a green thumb, try getting something kill-proof, like a cute cactus.