This coming month I am going to challenge myself more than I ever have before. We’ve all heard of those fitness challenges, 30 day detoxes, goals, etc. etc. . . . This month I am challenging myself (and YOU) to an entire 30 days of a Full Life Challenge. It will henceforth be known as the Self Care September Challenge – or S.C.S.C. for short.
(get ready for a monologue)
Because self care is much, much more than face masks, bubble baths and glasses of wine (even though I love all of those things). It’s more than a “treat yo’ self” coffee or a “just because” manicure. It’s more than all of the material, external things that we typically count as “self care”. At the end of the day though,
Self Care starts from the Inside.
It’s about taking care of YOU, so that you can take care of others, making sure you’re getting enough (quality) sleep, that you’re eating well (and not binging on junk food). It’s making yourself go to the gym or on a run – or hell, even finally making yourself go to a therapist to talk about your issues.
No longer will it be the excuse for putting off important tasks – like things that could help get my dream candle shop up off the ground. From now on it means working to find a balance in my life in all areas. Work, Relationships, Mental and Physical Health, and even Financial Wellness. It means yes, enjoying life and indulging here and there – but NOT without getting the important, meaningful stuff taken care of too. (aka sure the laundry can sit another night but this blog post/YouTube video/Candle promo etc can NOT be put off again).
And maybe for you self care means something different. And that’s ok too.
Ok, but how are you actually going to do this?
When I realized I wanted to do this challenge, I sat down and assessed the points in my life that I wanted to change or adjust for the better of my overall life. For me, it looked something like this
- mental wellness
- physical wellness & overall health
- financial wellness & debt payment
- life balance
Then, I broke down what each of those things meant to me. Over the next weeks I’ll go into more detail on each item, how I put meaning behind those things, and how I planned to challenge myself to make each area better.
For example, and mostly because it’s easy and relatable, Physical Wellness.
First, I labeled it as such because while part of it is about wanting to lose weight, my main goal it to be overall more healthy.
To me, true Physical Wellness means…
- getting enough sleep
- staying hydrated
- eating well
- working out regularly
- taking time to do yoga and stretch (because I love yoga & I also want to be more flexible/help my posture)
- losing weight – to help me feel more confident but mainly to actually be healthy and remain so.
- building some muscle – think, physically capable in an end-of-the-world-apocalypse scenario
Once I made note of WHY Physical Wellness was important, I came up with a few ways that would work for me (note: for ME – you may come up with your own methods) to challenge myself to reach those mini goals or aspirations. Like commiting to a 30 day ab workout challenge ( on top of a normal workout routine ). And setting up a health/wellness planner to track my weight, body measurements, water intake goals and more. I also plan on taking notes on what food I’m eating and how it makes my body feel (there’s this thing I’m experiencing called getting older – and apparently it comes with thing with heartburn and new allergies to random ass shit).
My Challenge To ALL Of You:
Join me for this Self Care September Challenge! Use the rest of this week to jot down your wellness goals – what do YOU want to work on that will help you feel better and happier with your life overall?
Over the course of the next 30 days I will be doing a combination of blog posts, Instagram updates and YouTube videos – so make sure you’re following me HERE, and also on my Instagram and YouTube accounts!
I look forward to starting this journey, and I hope you all join me!
On social media I will be tagging my S.C.S.C. post with #selfcareseptember2019 – so if you decide to join me tag your posts with it so we can all see what you’re doing for the challenge and we can all gather inspiration from each other!
until next time,