Do you see all of these self-care challenges on Pinterest but none of them seem to quite be what you need? Then this challenge is for you because you create it! This self-care challenge is a step-by-step guide to creating your own self-care challenge that fits your needs most.
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I love making challenges, particularly self-care challenges but it occurred to me, that the challenges I create use only my own ideas and completely neglect the ideas of those who are actually completing the challenge! Maybe my ideas work, but chances are that I am missing something valuable and unique that only you can bring to the table. Without further ado, let’s make you the best self-care challenge you’ve ever taken part in!
Make A Self-Care List
Every good challenge starts with a list, no matter what the topic is. For this challenge, I’d like you to start by making a list of things and activities that you enjoy, that make you happy, or that soothe you. There is really NO rules to this list, make it as long or as short as you’d like and include whatever you want! I spoke to a group of my colleagues, and we put together a small but decent list of ideas if you are feeling stuck!
- Bath/spa session
- A new fragrance (maybe a new one each week or month?)
- Upbeat, love, or empowering music jam (in the car or at home)
- Schedule 10 minutes of “me-time” either before bed or in the morning
- Run or walk
- Chocolate! (or your favorite snack)
- Wear your favorite color or outfit
- Watch comedy
- Eat a balanced meal
- gratitude journal
Timing your Challenge
Now that you have made your list of possible items, you need to pick a time frame. How long will your challenge last? One week? 12 days? A month? 3 months? When deciding your length of time, be realistic. If you plan for more than is actually realistic, your challenge will most likely fail! Another thing to keep in mind is that it takes about 21 days to create a habit, so if you wish to build a regular self-care practice, start small and work toward a 30+ day challenge! Another thing to keep in mind is that your self-care does not have to end when the challenge does, keep re-creating challenges or re-using old challenges to continue further!
Now that you know how long it will last, you can start assigning your list to the days of your challenge. It is not uncommon to assign an activity to a certain day (ex: day 1: take a bath, day 2: light a candle). However, I highly recommend picking the date you will start your challenge and start assigning the activities to the actual date (ex: March 1: take a bath, March 2: light a candle). To make this easier, I created a document to help you plan our your challenge!
When you are assigning these activities, do not shy from using activities multiple times or not using everything on your list! Utilize the activities that you are most able to complete in that day. You could assign the more time-heavy activities to weekends or days you do not work. Sign up to get the free Create Your Own Challenge Worksheet below!
Complete Your Challenge
Now that you have created and planned out your challenge complete it! This is the most important part of the process! Go through your challenge and learn from it. By the end of the challenge, you’ll have a better idea of how to create future challenges and improve on the one you just made! Don’t be afraid to make changes as you go, sometimes things just don’t work out. Shorten, lengthen, or change up your challenge to make it most productive for you!
My Self-Care Challenge
For the purpose of this post, I decided that I needed to create my own self-care challenge too! I am moving, and I plan to start this challenge the first day in my new apartment! I also decided that my challenge would be a 2-week challenge or 14-days. Check out my finished challenge below!