I recently found out that my friend, Abby, blogs over at Life by Grit, and I’ve been absolutely loving her posts! Recently, she posted about embarking on 31 Days of Self-Care through August, and I found some much-needed inspiration. I’ve been telling myself for months that I need to tackle a self-care challenge to offset the chaos that is my day-to-day life. Reading Abby’s post was just what I needed to remind me why I want to do this and kickstart my own 31 days of self-care!
Why do this challenge?
Through August, I’ve got a whole bunch of back-to-school-themed content ready to go. A totally different post was originally scheduled for today (now scheduled for next Tuesday!). But I really wanted to strike why the iron was hot, so to speak, when this inspiration struck. And truly, self-care is just as important as any other back-to-school prep, whether to destress before heading back to class or to set up a habit to last all year long.
If you haven’t caught on through my recent updates, my life is really, really busy. Fortunately, I’ve gotten pretty good at the balancing act over the years. But nevertheless, it does get exhausting. And without a doubt, I know I don’t prioritise self-care as I should. Really, with my chronic illnesses, it’s more of a need than a luxury! So, amidst the articles and blog posts and websites and books, I’m going to take a breath in August–literally.
The Self-Care Challenge
Abby’s post inspired all of this, and I’ve drawn from her 31-day plan a bit here, too. But I’ve made a completely custom list below and, if you’re planning to join in, I encourage you to do the same! Find the things you love, the things that will re-energise you and make your life just a little bit better. Put them on your list.
Some of my challenges are more traditional self-care, while others are “me time” things that I rarely make time to do. Hopefully, this will inspire me to do them more frequently!
Another aspect I’ve decided on is not specifying which items will happen on which days. That’s a critical feature of most challenges like this, but I know all too well that life doesn’t always agree with that. If a migraine keeps me from reading a favourite book on day five, I don’t want to feel like I’ve ruined my self-care “streak.” Maybe I’ll take that nap instead! At the end of the month, as long as all 31 tasks have been accomplished, one day at a time, I’ll feel like I’ve “won.”
- Use a face and hair mask
- Play a video game
- Play one (or more) of my instruments
- Read a favourite book
- Watch some Filmcow videos
- Play a board game
- Watch a favourite movie
- Go to the walking path
- Take some photographs
- Watch some episodes of Gudetama
- Eat a meal outside
- Create a blackout poem
- Take a nap
- Cuddle with Fitz
- Cuddle with Cooper
- Sing along to show tunes
- Do some sewing
- Make & enjoy a favourite meal
- Do a workout
- Get some flowers
- Do a yoga routine
- Call a loved one
- Do some personal development (unrelated to work!)
- Paint something
- Go out for a meal
- Listen to the rain
- Make and enjoy a big breakfast
- Take one full day off from all forms of work
Chances are, your version of this self-care challenge will look very different from mine or Abby’s. But what matters most is that it works for you!
I’m hoping to check in about once per week to cross off the challenge items I’ve completed. Plus, I’ll be sure to share my progress on social media!
Are you joining in on the challenge? Let us know in the comments!
And be sure to check out Life by Grit for more inspiration from Abby!