Congratulations on completing your self-care challenge! You still have one more day though! I hope you challenged yourself every day to find time for you. We all need to practice self-care. What challenges did you face along the way? What successes did you have? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Did you find that you did the same self-care rituals every day? My challenge to you today is to change up your self-care routine. If you are doing the same self-care everyday that may get boring after some time. I challenge you to do something new, get out of your comfort zone. I hope you've enjoyed this challenge.
Get out of your comfort zone and break up your daily self-care routine. Today I did just that. I got out of my comfort zone and wore the damn shorts!
I've struggled with self-image for a while now and I'm trying to work on that. Today was my day off and again I decided to go to the beach. I got up at five-thirty, got ready and did a few chores just in case I stayed out later. I was having a hard time deciding what to wear, as I always do every morning. The last time I walked the beach I got hot fast so I decided to dig out my old shorts and just wear them. I get crap all the time from friends and family to just wear the damn shorts- so I did!
The beach is empty at nine when I get there, which is nice. I took an hour long walk with my feet in the water. It helps me focus on being in the moment. I felt the sting of the coldness of the water as the water washed over my feet. I listened to the waves crashing. It really helps to get me out of my head. Yesterday I just cleared my head and just focused on the ocean's sounds. Around ten it started to get muggy and hot so I headed back to my car, grabbed my new beach chair and my beach bag that I packed with the essentials and found a spot right near the water to sit and relax. It was short lived though because the mugginess wasn't just from it being humid- it was because of the forest fires happening in California. With it being humid and the air quality not being very good I started having a difficult time breathing so I had to pack up and head home. It was still a very relaxing day though. When I got home I finished up my chores, let Riddick out, then Riddick and I cuddled up and caught up on Virgin River- I'm addicted to that show. I would have been outside in my hammock, but again the air quality was not good.
I hope this challenge has enabled you to start a healthy self-care routine. Things to remember:
It takes 21 days (give or take) to form a habit.
You can't rely on others to make you happy- find happiness within yourself, spend time with yourself. You might just find you enjoy your own company!
We can't wait for others to join us- go do that thing you've wanted to do alone! If we wait for others we will never do the things we want.
We can't take care of others if we aren't 100%.
Self-care helps with stress, anxiety, depression, and helps us refocus and it will help your overall well-being.
We all need to carve out space for ourselves to take care of our minds, our bodies and our souls.
Get enough rest.
Fuel our bodies with the nutrients it needs.
You're not alone- it's okay to ask for help.
Do something every day that makes you feel inspired and uplifted.
Be confident in yourself.
Find your voice.
Spend your days off as a vacation day!
Make a list of places/things you want to go and do. Now pick one and go do it alone!
Change up your self-care routine- don't do the same routine every day! Find new ways to get inspired.
The only person getting in your way is yourself.
Be in the here and now: don't live in the past.
If you missed a day of self-care- that's okay, tomorrow is a new day.
Last but certainly not least- the most important thing:
Do 1 thing a day for you. All you need is 10-15 minutes or longer if you have the time!
Until next time-
What are you doing for yourself today? Remember, you only need 10-15 minutes!