The 30-day self-care challenge is designed to refresh and re-energize you. You will come out happier, invigorated, and ready to take on the world!
How the 30 Day Self Care challenge works
Once you join the challenge, you will receive access to a list of energizing, soothing, and fun activities that will refresh your body and soul.
Start by looking over the self-care activities so that you get an idea of what they are. (In the curriculum section.)
Every day choose at least one activity to complete. Once you have completed the activity, simply click on the activity and press complete. This will allow you to keep track of your progress.
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A 30-day self-care challenge is a perfect way to refresh and energize yourself. Do you feel exhausted or demotivated? Like you need a minute to breathe and relax.
If even the smallest part of you thinks you may need some time for self-care, chances are you definitely do.
I can already hear you thinking. I do need to take care of myself better.
You’ll glance through the list of self-care activities.
Some of you might even vow to take time out for some self-care. But then life will get in the way
We feel guilty about taking time for self-care
Do you have a partner and kids who always need you? Maybe you have lots of work piling up that you need to get to. Or maybe you just feel selfish taking time out for yourself.
Regardless of the reason you need need to know it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes.
Remember if you’re in a plane crash you are expected to put on your oxygen mask before helping anyone else out. And the reason for that is simple. You have to take care of yourself to take care of others.
It’s okay to tell your boss that you need some time to unwind. Or to tell your partner that you need a night out.
We’re all too busy
In fact, most of us are so busy that we never have the time to take care of ourselves.
So we get exhausted and overwhelmed.
And the more drained we get, the less time we have for self-care. And so the cycle keeps going.
Some of you may be thinking to yourself. I don’t even have a busy life. What reason do I have for being tired and frustrated?
Exhaustion isn’t only related to how busy you are. Sometimes your exhaustion stems from being frustrated with how mundane life can be.
One of the ways to prevent that is by deliberately engaging in activities that make us feel good about life.
It is those activities that will prevent you from burning out. Which will prevent you from getting frustrated and angry.
It is these small activities that will re-energize you and motivate you to achieve your dreams.
“People that look after themselves [and practice self-care] do have better cognitive ability. They do have better focus and they do have better concentration.”
Dr. Russell Thackeray
So the self-care activities will actually help you do other things more efficiently.
But you have to make the time
Self-care doesn’t happen by itself. In fact, it will always be the last item on your to-do list.
And so you have to set aside time to take care of yourself. Set aside time to do things that will make you happy. Set aside time to put your mental health first.
What is especially important about putting aside time for self-care is that you automatically value the activity you are engaging in more.
Many self-care activities are things that we do every day anyway.
But just setting aside time to mindfully enjoy those activities, makes us appreciate them more. And it makes us happier and more energetic.
If you need help ask for it!
Make sure you tell the important people in your life that you are taking this challenge.
And that there will be days where you need them to help out, because you are exhausted.
Remember the only way to get help is to ask for it.
Do it with a group of friends
I always recommend doing the 30-day self-care challenge alongside other people.
A lot of us put ourselves last. Even when it’s detrimental to our mental health. And so if you do this challenge by yourself you may end up not completing it.
But if you do this challenge with a group you’re more likely to stick to it. And less likely to feel guilty for putting yourself first for once.
Doing the 30-day self-care challenge with a group will also make you appreciate the activities more. Because when you discuss your positive feelings with someone else, you automatically feel even happier.
What do I need for the 30-day Self-care Challenge?
Most of the items on the challenge list will be lying at home. A few of them will require just a little bit of preplanning.
Getting a massage.
Post covid-19, few people are willing to get a massage from a massage therapist, so here’s what we recommend instead
- Ask a loved one to give you a 5-minute massage. Your child , sibling, or spouse. Offer to reciprocate the offer
- Buy a massager that you can use even after your 30-day challenge is over. I find massagers heavenly. Even if they’re not electric massagers they are just so relaxing. I personally have a foot massager and head massager. Here are some recommendations
- Handheld head massager (Only $3.99 on amazon)
- Foot massager roller
- Back massager
Read a book
- You can borrow a book for free from your library.
- You can watch TV instead.
- Sign up for a free 30-day trial with audible and get an ebook.
- Sign up for a 30-day amazon trial.
Burn a scented candle
- Amazon sells them for as low as $3.5
- If you don’t want to spend money, spray some aromatic scented air freshener.
- You can also clean the house with scented supplies instead – it’ll leave the house smelling amazing
Something to consider
According to the Harris Poll, 44% of people believe most people don’t have the time for self-care while 35% believe that only people with money can do self-care.
The activities on the self-care challenge list are activities that can be done by anybody. Most of them are free and can be done at home.
Feel like you don’t have the time? Don’t limit yourself to the activities suggested each day. Do whichever activities you want. If you enjoy going for a walk, do that every day.
Truly commit to doing one thing every day for your self-care. And do that activity mindfully if possible.
30-day self-care challenge experiences
“I don’t really have a reason to be overwhelmed because I don’t have a lot of responsibilities. But I often find myself irritable. Everything just gets boring in life. It’s always the same old. The 30-day self-care challenge definitely put me in a better mood by spicing things up slightly. Just made me appreciate my life more and focus on the things I am grateful for. ”
“I rarely have any time to myself with 2 rowdy (but lovable) little boys. So this last month was really, really, REALLY nice. I tended to choose the activities which took less time and planning. Just because I’m super busy. But even those activities helped relax me. And make me feel like a normal human being again. Other moms know what I’m talking about. “
“I really like the fact that the 30-day self-care challenge provided 2 optional sets of activities for each day. I’ve done a challenge like this before but I found it difficult to stick to because of how rigid it was. With this challenge, I could choose self-care activities based on what I liked. Definitely enjoyed it.”