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  • Writer's pictureLisa Rousseau

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!


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