Self Care Challenge Day 17: De-Cluttering

21 Day Self Care Challenge - Day Seventeen

Hey lovely person!

The end of this 21 day challenge is fast approaching and you’re still here, which is fantastic, you should give yourself a pat on the back because many people start challenges just to drop off after a few days. Well done!

You’ve looked at a lot of different ways to practice self care, some relaxing, some social, some physical, some emotional, some about communication, but all valuable.

EVERY time you do something that’s for you, it’s putting something back into your emotional piggy bank.

Today, we’re looking at de-cluttering!

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a minimalist! Very little items displayed, empty drawers, constantly spring cleaning, throwing things out that are more than 6 months old + I don’t use.

So today’s challenge, is to take one small area – and I mean just one small area, say a pile of paperwork, or the coffee table, and de-clutter it. Baby steps is the answer, otherwise you’ll feel overwhelmed.

And reflect in your journal how that felt for you, and how it feels with a little less clutter.

Tomorrows task will be easy peasy, relaxing and pleasurable – you’ll love it.

Stay tuned for Day 18.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

 

Self Care Challenge Day 16: Comfort Box

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Sixteen

Hey lovely person!

Todays challenge is another simple, yet amazingly effective idea:

Your comfort box

‘When your child is feeling sad or down or worried, your instinct is to wrap them up, give them a warm milky drink and a favourite teddy and settle them down with a book, or favourite DVD. This helps make them feel loved and safe and warm.

You may have heard of the expression “the inner child” – the theory is that inside each of us is our own inner child who needs some attention and love.

A comfort box is a useful way of helping you to give yourself the care that your inner child needs… just as you would to your own children.’

So your challenge today is to list what you want to put in your comfort box, and then start to collect those things.

Why not get a beautiful box to keep everything in. Then, the next time you feel low you can surround yourself with all those things to make yourself feel better.

In mine, a colouring book, some textas, a good book, vanilla scented candle, small bar of chocolate. (I will certainly like to add more)

Remember the ‘100 things that make me happy’ list from day 7?  Use that for inspiration, and keep it in your comfort box to remind you of things in life you appreciate.

Frankly, there is no right or wrong (ok, hang on, I guess putting a cute puppy in there MIGHT be wrong…) and of course it can be added to as things come to mind.

Stay tuned for Day 17.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 15: Bucket List

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Fifteen
Hey lovely person!

Today we are going to look at the bigger picture, and do something that can literally change the course of your life.

 

Today, we’re making a bucket list.

 

What’s on a bucket list? Pretty much anything you want to do in life. Some of your items may be related to your career, for example, such as earning a certain amount of money in a year or reaching a desired level in a business. Maybe you want to build your own company or manufacture and sell your crafty well thought out invention that will change the world.

Bucket lists can also contain personal objectives. Do you want to run a full marathon or compete in a body-taxing event like a Tough Mudder? Maybe you’ve set your mind on getting up enough nerve to finally jump from a plane (tandem of course) or perhaps there’s a famous hair stylist that you’d love to have do your hair just once.

Whatever it is that you want most in life, there are some clear advantages to writing them down in a bucket list. What are these benefits? So glad you asked.

Benefit #1: It’s motivating

Attractive young student planning ahead.

When you do the same thing day in and day out, life can get old. You start to just go through the motions where you aren’t really living; it’s more like you’re just surviving.

But, when you have a list in front of you of all the things you want to do between now and the day you die (which is hopefully a long way down the road), it can help motivate you to get those things done.

It creates an excitement deep in your soul. It grabs the passion you thought you’d lost and brings it back to the surface with renewed vigor.

 

Benefit #2: It keeps you moving forward

Having a well thought out list of everything you want to do helps to keep you advancing in life. It reminds you that you have unmet goals and unrealized dreams. It nudges you forward so that you continue to take steps in the right direction.

It’s kind of like a futuristic magnet that draws you forward. It compels you to not just sit on your behind and watch the world pass you by. Essentially, it drives you to take an active role in your life and become the person you desire to be.

 

Benefit #3: It forces you to really look at what you want

One of the major benefits of creating a list like this is that it gets you in touch with what you really want out of life. It forces you to sit down and take stock of where you are and where you want to be.

It also helps you realize what may be missing from your existence right now. Perhaps there is an area in which you lack that will be brought to the forefront when you do this exercise. If this is the case, it allows you to change your life’s path if need be to keep you in line with your goals and dreams.

Benefit #4: It increases the likelihood that you will be successful

Just the mere fact that you are committing your goals or dreams to paper increases the likelihood that they’ll be met. It has been proven time and time again through various studies and research projects.

When you take something that is nothing more than a tangible idea and reduce it to black and white, it suddenly becomes a reality. It’s given a greater importance in your mind’s eye and you’re more likely to make it happen than if you just leave it up in thin air.

 

Benefit #5: It bolsters your creativity

Sometimes you can look at an item that you’ve placed on your list and think, “How am I ever going to achieve that?” Maybe it’s something that seems so big and undoable that you question if you’re slightly crazy to even attempt it.

Put yourself in this position and you may have to become very creative to be able to cross that item off your list. If it involves needing more financial resources, you may come up with some out-of-the-box (but legal) ways to increase your income. Or, if you can’t see a straight path from where you are now to where you want to be, you may have to create a plan that includes some unexpected (but interesting) detours.

 

Benefit #6: It raises your life satisfaction level

When you’re living your life in a way that allows you to pursue your passions, you’re going to be much happier overall. You start to enjoy the beauty that life holds and treasure each and everything you can get out of it.

It’s like you have a fresh new spring in your step and a smile deep in your heart. Things don’t get you down as easily and your stress levels are reduced because you’re doing things you love.

 

Benefit #7: It makes you feel accomplished

There is no better feeling than being able to cross an item off your bucket list and mark it as complete. No matter how small it may be, it brings about a sense of accomplishment. You’ve followed through with something from start to finish and that always feels good.

That’s the whole point of creating a list, right? So you can check items off, cross them out, date them and move on to the next one?

You begin to feel like you’re living with purpose. Your passions are being satisfied and you’re achieving the things you believe you’re destined to achieve.

Creating a bucket list has so many advantages that, although it seems like a silly notion to do it, it really is silly not to. Come up with your list today so that you can enjoy all of these benefits from this point forward.

Your task today is to CREATE A BUCKET LIST. Grab out that journal + get writing 🙂

Stay tuned for Day 16.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 14: Treat Day

21 Day Self Care Challenge - Day Fourteen

Hey lovely person!

It’s day 14, and you know what that means – you’ve completed 2 weeks of self care! So that’s 2 weeks of focusing on yourself and your needs and prioritising yourself.

I am so proud of you! Because every time you do something that’s about your own well being, it makes you more confident, raises your self esteem, reduces stress and that has an overall, cumulative effect on how you see yourself.

Grab your journal + lets reflect on the below:

  • What’s been your fave task
  • What have you learned about yourself
  • How you are feeling

Today is treat day! To celebrate your accomplishment, today you are going to give yourself a treat.

There are 2 ways of doing this: one includes spending some money and one doesn’t.

  • Buy yourself a treat. It doesn’t have to be expensive – flowers, a new lipstick, a book from your reading wish list. If you can spare more money, a massage, a manicure etc is wonderful.
  • Treat yourself to an activity that doesn’t cost anything – visit a friend for a catch up, take a walk somewhere beautiful, a cycle ride, visit a gallery or museum – take a nap!

Small or large, do something today you wouldn’t usually do, and enjoy!

Stay tuned for Day 15.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)