I just need you to know that you’re important too.
You take care of everyone else, but then there’s basically no time left to take care of your needs.
And I feel that you were meant to live more than a life of ignoring yourself. It’s good to take care of others, in fact, it makes you a better person. But if you’re constantly looking to take care of others’ desires, feelings, and in-the-moment requests, then you’ll end up forgetting about the fact that you’re a human and have needs too.
So I’m here as a helpful reminder that you need to stop, take a breath, collect yourself, and start thinking about yourself first.
Here’s a good example. You know how whenever you’re about to take off on a plane and they give safety instructions, they tell you to put your mask on first and then assist your child? Basically, how are you going to take care of others to the best of your ability if you’re struggling to even make it through the day?
You only have one life and as cliche as that really does sound, sometimes it’s the cliches that help us make a change… because they’re true.
There are so many times when I wished I had some magic pill to correct things in my life, something that felt new and exciting. But it really is the boring basics we want to ignore that get us to where we want to go.
So take that cliche, know that you only have one life, and try out some of these self-care ideas for the next month. 🙂
Side Note: Just remember that if you fail, that doesn’t make you a failure. It’s ok to not have the time or energy to take up all of these good self-care habits. Just try a few and see how they affect how you feel and treat yourself. This is a slow process of becoming a better and happier you. You’ve got this! ❤️
Side Note II: There’s a link to a free self-care planner down below! 🙂
The 30-Day Self-Care Challenge
Day 1: Drink 10 glasses of water a day.
Day 2: Start incorporating 3 healthy (but tasty) recipes into your meal plan this week.
Day 3: Take that much-needed nap.
Day 4: Write down 5 things you’re grateful for.
Day 5: Clean one room in your home.
Day 6: Organize one room in your home.
Day 7: Write down 10 things you like about yourself.
Day 8: Take a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood or in a pretty park.
Day 9: Set boundaries or get rid of a toxic “friend.”
Day 10: Reach out for a time to meet up with a friend who genuinely cares for you.
Day 11: Write down 10 negative things you believe about yourself. Then write down what you want to replace each one with.
Day 12: Take a break from your tasks and relax.
Day 13: Go outside and just enjoy nature. You don’t need to walk, but maybe just stand or sit someplace and relax in an outdoor space.
Day 14: Forgive yourself for something you did a long time ago.
Day 15: Start eating regular meals.
Day 16: Start finding a (simple) way to keep your home clean. This will help with your stress levels and it’s just a good way of taking care of yourself. 🙂
Day 17: Research supplements (also talk to your doctor first!) and start taking ones that are good for you.
Day 18: Find 5 things that stress you out in the week and find a way to get rid of them.
Day 19: If there’s an uncomfortable conversation that needs to be had with someone, then set a time to do it. This will take a load off your shoulders.
Day 20: If your job is stressing you out, then figure out if there’s something you can do about it or start looking for a better job that treats you well.
Day 21: Start journaling for 5-10 minutes in the morning.
Day 22: Start journaling for 5-10 minutes in the evening.
Day 23: Start going to bed an hour earlier.
Day 24: Start waking up an hour earlier.
Day 25: Do a social media fast for an evening.
Day 26: Try a day of no complaining, but only gratitude, and see how you feel.
Day 27: Start saying no to some outings/engagements if they cause you stress/anxiety.
Day 28: Start saying positive affirmations in the morning.
Day 29: Apply some nourishing oil or cream to your skin.
Day 30: Take a day all to yourself. Say no to any outings, let people know you won’t be available, and then turn off all communications, and just do things that bring you joy. ❤️
PS – Make sure to grab your 90+ page Self-Care Planner! It’s super helpful for getting yourself on the right track. 🙂
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Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.