It’s the beginning of a new month, so what better way to start than with a challenge? A self-care challenge. It is highly advantageous to practice self-care because it allows us to incorporate activities that benefit our health and well-being.
My experience as a single mom has taught me how detrimental neglecting your own needs can be. Whether it’s taking care of our children or managing our households, we must take care of ourselves to avoid burnout, depression, or other negative effects.
Since we make time for the things that matter to us, taking care of yourself should matter enough for you to make the time.
Furthermore, it doesn’t take much time to participate in most of the self-care activities listed here. They can be accomplished in 10/20/30 minutes and will help you feel better and have you ready to take on the day.
This challenge can be started at any time and completed at your own pace. For the next 30 days, challenge yourself to prioritize your health and well-being. As a result, you will be more attentive to your needs so you can function properly, and be your best self.
Below you will find the free printables that you can use to keep track of your progress. I have included one prefilled and blank calendar, a journal page, a letter you can write to your future self, and a self-reflection page.
Click above or click right here to download your free printables. I hope you find them helpful in kickstarting your self-care journey.
Day 1. Spend some time writing your goals for the month and some action steps you’ll take to accomplish them.
Day 2. Go for a walk at the park, preferably one with a scenic view. Listen to nature sounds, a podcast, or music.
Day 3. Make yourself a meal you enjoy or try a new dish you’ve never had before.
Day 4. Try a new workout class. Will it be Zumba, cycling, or pilates?
Day 5. Buy yourself fresh flowers. Put them in a nice vase and set them in an area where you can see them every day.
Day 6. Take a nap. Set a timer for 20/30 minutes and have a power nap to help you recharge.
Day 7. Read for 30 mins. Dive into another’s world and escape your own. Find comfort under a cozy blanket with tea by your side and a book on your lap.
Day 8. Journal about your day. Let your thoughts bleed onto paper and create space for peace in your mind.
Day 9. Stretch in the morning or evening before bedtime.
Day 10. Make someone else smile: Buy a gift, pay for someone’s Starbucks drink, compliment another, help an old lady with her groceries, or call a friend. Take the focus off of you and onto someone else.
Day 11. Clean something you’ve been ignoring. Whether it’s a cluttered desk or a drawer that’s disorganized, make some time to tackle that task.
Day 12. Develop a skincare routine. Learn about your skin and the best products for it, and make a plan to buy them. If you can’t afford them, find some inexpensive (but good) products you can use then start implementing a morning and evening routine to care for your skin.
Day 13. Fast and seek God. Whether you fast for the whole day or half the day. Make time to meet with God and talk to Him. Read your bible. Worship. Pray.
Day 14. Rent a bike and cycle your way through the city or a park. Pack some light snacks or a book to read, head to the city, and explore.
Day 15. Write down what you are grateful for and spend time thanking God for how He has blessed you.
Day 16. Meal prep healthy meals for the week. Write down your grocery list, plan your meals, shop for the items, then prepare meals you’ll be excited to eat during the week.
Day 17. Catch up with a friend or two. Have some drinks; a movie; food too. Laugh out loud; share stories; enjoy yourself.
Day 18. Have a bubble bath. Set the scene with candles, a book, or relaxing music, soak in and relax.
Day 19. Spend time with loved ones. Visit your family (if they’re nearby) or hang out with a friend.
Day 20. Have a pamper day. Get your nails done, maybe a haircut, or wax. A massage would be nice too.
Day 21. Detox from social media. Delete the apps or put limits on them and just forget about that world for a day and be present in your own world.
Day 22. Watch the sun rise or set. Find a spot, get cozy and watch God’s wonderful creation.
Day 23. Commit to a day of healthy eating. No candy, fried foods, or soft drinks; just delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Day 24. Identify 3 stressors and put together an action plan to combat them.
Day 25. Write a letter to your future self. What do you want her to know? What do you hope for her?
Day 26. Take yourself on a date. Get dolled up, put on your favorite dress, and go watch a movie and have dinner—by yourself.
Day 27. Get to bed 1 hour earlier than usual. Finish your tasks early, put your phone on do not Disturb, and lights out.
Day 28. Laugh out loud. Watch a funny video or go to a comedy show and laugh till your ribs hurt.
Day 29. Get creative. Paint, write a poem, draw, create a vision board, redesign your bedroom… let the creative juices flow!
Day 30. Rest and recharge. No work, no stress—just sweet relaxation.
Take time this month to prioritize your well-being so you can flourish in your life. Are you ready for this 30-day self-care challenge? If so, leave a comment to let me know how it’s going.
Sep 1, 2022
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