In the rush of day-to-day tasks, family obligations, and work, the desire to take time to love yourself is often lost. We could ALL use more self-love, so here’s a 7 day challenge to kick start your self-love journey.
Day 1: Meditation
Meditation is an underrated form of self-love. Some may see it as just sitting in silence, chanting “om” over and over, but it isn’t about what it looks like on the outside. It’s about what’s going on on the inside.
Find a comfortable, quiet place where you can be alone, like your room or maybe even somewhere outside in the sun. Have a seat, close your eyes, just breathe. I’ll usually focus in on how my breath moves through my body while attempting to quiet my mind. When you feel your mind start to wander, refocus on your breathing. Compared to the way that your mind and thoughts are always racing, this will be a calming change of pace.
Sometimes it’s easier to use guided apps for meditation– especially if you’re new to it. Apps I’ve tried that I love are Pacifica, Headspace, Calm, and Sanity & Self.
Today’s task: Meditate. Start with five minutes a day and let your meditation expand to 20 minutes and beyond. Use an intention so you can focus your sessions. For example an intention may be: “I connect with myself now I am open to receiving what is flowing to me.” You may feel love, get inspired ideas, release a blocked emotion, experience a revelation around a challenge in your life, or see truth on the other side of a fear. Anything is possible.
Day 2: Declutter your space.
For me, cluttered and messy surroundings are often a reflection of what’s going on on the inside. I often start small by cleaning kitchen since it’s the room in my house that gives me the most joy. Give it the works: wash the dishes, scrub the sinks and countertops, reorganize your pantry, and tidy up your workspace.
When I really want a cleanse, I’ll take things a step further and declutter my closet. Look at each piece and ask yourself how you feel when you wear it. If the answer is less than great, toss it the donation pile. If you haven’t checked it out yet, The Joy of Tidying Up on Netflix is a great place to get inspiration.
Today’s task: Clean one space in your house. No matter how small. I can promise you, you’ll feel accomplished.
Day 3: Journaling
It sounds pretty simple right? If I asked you to list the things you love about a family member or your best friend or your significant other, you could probably do it in a few seconds flat. How often have you sat staring blankly when someone asks you: “Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths?”
Today’s task: Write down 3 things you love about yourself.
When you do, put that note in your purse or pocket. Look at it before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning. And whenever you are feeling negative about yourself, look at that note. Remind yourself that you are one of a kind.
Day 4: Mood boards
I am a definite magazine hoarder and whenever I’m in a creative funk, I’ll take some and cut them up. Pick out pictures and captions that you like and put them to the side. When you’re done, grab a poster board and a glue stick and start pasting your findings onto it.
When you’re done, find a spot on the wall and hang your mood board there. This way, whenever you’re in need of a little inspiration or get into a creative funk, you can look at your mood board.
Today’s task: Make a mood board! If you feel like sharing, DM me a picture on Instagram or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Day 5: Call someone you love
According to a study from 2010, talking to someone you love on the phone is almost as good as a hug. If you want, take things one step further and actually go see them in person if you can. Talking in person is way more fulfilling than talking on the phone or video chat, and your mom/dad/friend, etc will be glad to have you there in person.
Today’s task: Call, FaceTime, or visit someone you love. Taking time to connect is so important.
Day 6: Journaling (Part 2!)
Take the time to journal how you feel about yourself. Your opinion determines the actions you take. By uncovering your true opinion of yourself, you can decide whether this serves you or not.
Try answering these questions: What do you think about you? Do you like yourself? What exactly do you like about yourself? If there are parts of yourself that you’re not happy with, write down each one and try to reframe it to something positive. For instance, if you don’t like the fact that you’re very sensitive, write about how being sensitive can help you be a more empathetic person and sensitive to other people’s feelings in addition to your own.
Day 7: Get outside and connect
Leave your phone and get outside and connect with nature. Be mindful of your breath, slow down, take deep breaths and connect. You can go for a walk or just find a bench or spot to sit and take deep breaths. Take a moment to enjoy the sunshine and be aware of your surroundings. You’ll feel more refreshed.
Thank you all so much for taking this journey with me! I hope that you all feel a little more self-love and that you’ll continue down your self love journey even after the challenge is over!