Today’s Self-Care September challenge is to start the day with a positive affirmation. For people who don’t know a positive affirmation is a positive quote or phrase that you repeat to yourself to inspire or motivate yourself to feel better. I find positive affirmations very helpful when I am feeling down or demotivated because they help me change my mindset even if it is just for the shortest amount of time. I found starting the day with a positive affirmation set the day off to be a good one. I found that if I felt a bit flat I could just repeat my positive affirmation and give myself a boost and a different perspective.
My positive affirmation:
Sunday 2nd September!
Today’s Self Care September challenge is to get outside for at least ten minutes. Today I took my book outside with a G&T and an ice lolly and just read. I spent at least 45 minutes outside and it really made me feel calm. When I have bad mental health days I do like to leave the flat and head outside for a nice walk to clear my head so I’m glad this is part of the challenge.
Monday 3rd September!
Today’s Self-Care September challenge is to write down two things you love about yourself. This is such a lovely thing to include on a self-care and kindness challenge because it is about accepting yourself and knowing your worth which is such a hard thing to do. Usually you’re picking up on things that are wrong with yourself but to be ‘forced’ to talk about things you love you’re showing yourself in a more positive light. So here are two things that I love about myself!
Tuesday 4th September!
Today’s self-care September challenge is treat yourself to something nice! Which is what I did, I bought a unlimited photo pass for Blackpool Pleasure beach which I am going to on Wednesday so I could have some nice memories to cherish. I had such a brilliant day and it was so nice to have some physical copies of some fun times!
Wednesday 5th September!
Today’s task was to meditate for five minutes, I have never really done much meditation apart from with my RE teachers before exams so I did a little bit of research before I did my five minutes. Firstly I looked on YouTube for five minute meditations and browsed through to see what was popular.
I clicked on the first one because it had 2Million views and I felt like that was the best bet for someone who had never really dabbled in meditation before. I listened to it and it was very soothing, I lay in a dark room with my headphones in and just listened to the calm voice. I also found the natural imagery really soothing due to growing up in the countryside. I did enjoy it and when I feel anxious or low I may come back to meditation and hopefully I can find a place for it in my life.
Thursday 6th September!
Today’s challenge was to sit for 30 minutes with a book and a drink of my choice. This was an easy one for me as I am in love with reading. I have been a book worm all my life so that didn’t feel like a challenge but it was nice to give myself half an hour break from life to do what I love and enjoy a beverage. My drink of choice was a nice peach iced tea and my book was Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland.
Friday 7th September!
Today’s challenge was to have an hour off social media so today on my lunch break I decided to leave my phone in the office at work and spend my hour outside. I took my college work out to the local park outside of work and sat and studied instead of being on my phone. It was nice to have a break away from social media because sometimes I use it to distract myself and to procrastinate. It gave me a real productive feeling to go back into work after getting some work done.
That’s the first round up of Self-Care September and one week down. I’ve really enjoyed these tasks and challenges to do, I find them very beneficial but easy ways to care for yourself. Stay tuned for next weeks round up.