Now that we are all social distancing, I think we can all agree that taking care of our mental well-being is now more important than ever. And what better way to do it than with a fun 30-day challenge?
This mini and month-long 30-day challenge is designed to help you be and feel more put together, inspired, happy, and to summarize it all without using a thousand more adjectives – feel good with the help of small, easy, actionable steps that you can take every day.
You know that warm feeling you get when you’re at peace? You’re sitting in the balcony with your favorite beverage at 8 PM, you have checked off all tasks off the to-do list, you’re wearing your most comfortable pajamas, your apartment is clean and filled with plants and bookshelves, the air outside smells like night-time, there’s snow on the ground, the bees are safe, you feel accomplished, you feel content.
Experiencing that feeling is what I mean by ‘Feel good’ here. You deserve to feel that, love bug.
So this 30 day feel good challenge is to help you feel calmer, more at peace, and happier by the end of the month by just spending a few minutes on this every day.
How to get the maximum benefits from this challenge:
1. Stay on track by setting a reminder on your phone or adding this to your calendar/planner so that you don’t miss a day.
2. Your mental health is a priority so don’t feel selfish for spending time on this (Psst, I know you may be busy with other things which is why we only have one task per day so it isn’t time-consuming).
3. Don’t give up if you skip a day! If life got in the way and you missed a day, that’s cool. Don’t give up and simply pick up where you left off.
4. Check-in with yourself and accept the ‘feel-good’ experience. It’s okay to be calm and relaxed and at peace during this pandemic. You don’t have to feel guilty or stressed or anxious. Give yourself permission to feel good, lovebug!
Ready to start? Here’s your ’30 day feel-good challenge’!
Make yourself your favorite breakfast: Whether you love pancakes, an omelet, toast, or even breakfast pizza: make yourself a breakfast you love and enjoy.
Meditate for 10 minutes: Download the Headspace app and meditate for 10 minutes using their free guided meditations.
Clean for 10 minutes: Set a timer for 10 minutes and do a quick clean by putting away things in their place and tidying up.
Create a to-do list for the next week: Make a list of all the tasks you want to get done next week and put them on your calendar. Remember that this is only for one week. You’re going to have another week after that and another after that so don’t overwhelm yourself, lovebug. Prioritize and keep it simple.
Watch your favorite movie or TV show: Get cozy and comfortable and spend the evening with your favorite movie or TV show on Netflix. (Psst, don’t forget the movie snacks!)
Sign up for an online class or learn a new skill: Whether that’s following a Bob Ross tutorial on YouTube or signing up to learn Spanish (Hola!) online or just learning a few phrases in a new language, try something new today.
Do 15 minutes of yoga: If you’ve never done yoga before, trust me when I say nothing feels better than that stretch. You know the stretch you take after a long nap? That’s what it feels like to me but better. Head over to Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube, pick a video, and feel amazing!
Follow the 2-minute rule today: If there’s any task that is going to take you less than 2 minutes, do it immediately. You will feel so much better at the end of the day without these minor tasks waiting for you. Eg: making the bed or putting things away at the right place after using them.
Watch something that makes you laugh: Watch a Youtube video or a movie that makes you laugh so much that it’s difficult to stop.
Declutter your brain: Do a brain-dump by starting a journal and letting out all your thoughts on paper. Set a timer for 20 minutes and start writing. Empty your brain and you’re going to feel a lot less overwhelmed after.
Plan and cook a healthy meal: Look up a healthy recipe and make yourself something that is packed with goodness for your body.
Clean your surroundings: Pick any one area in your house and clean it today.
Plan an evening of self-care: Pamper yourself! Take a relaxing bath or a shower, use your favorite face masks, and show your hair some love. Or, do whatever screams self-care to you. You deserve it, you inspired dreamer you.
Put on your favorite outfit: Get ready today (Yes, to stay at home!). Put on your favorite outfit, do your hair, wear some makeup if you usually do, and get ready. Feel extra confident and stunning today! 🙂
No phone before bed: Don’t use your phone for at least an hour before bed. Use this time to unwind and relax with your evening routine and get that good quality sleep you deserve.
Listen to a podcast: Download the Stitcher app or any other app you prefer to discover thousands of free podcasts and listen to an inspiring podcast today.
Complete a task you’ve been putting off for a while: We all have that one task that we have been putting off for weeks and months,either because it’s way too boring or because it requires too much effort. Get it done once and for all today so that it’s out of the way.
Create a morning routine: Create a quick and sweet morning routine for yourself. If you already have one, add a habit you’ve been wanting to start for a while.
Listen to your favorite song from high-school: Play a song you used to be obsessed with and swore you’d never stop listening to but did. Brings back some great memories, doesn’t it?
Schedule down-time: Block out at least 20 minutes of down-time and give yourself a break. Take a power nap, watch a video, read, and do whatever you need to do to relax.
Social media break: Take a break from using social media. Yes, Instagram too. Yes, twitter too. Pin…Yeah, Pinterest is allowed. This is the perfect opportunity for you to take a break from the virtual world. Take note of how much time you save and how much more you accomplish today.
Read for 15 minutes today: Pick up a good old book and read for 15 minutes. If you’re not into books or don’t have one on hand, you can read a few blog posts or even head over to lifehack.org to learn some mind-blowing life-hacks.
Create a vision board on Pinterest: Create your very own virtual board using images on Pinterest. Or if you want to get more creative, grab some magazines and craft supplies, and create a physical vision board for your room!
Drink herbal tea: Make yourself a warm and soothing cup of tea and experience a hug in a cup.
Wake up 20 minutes earlier: What can an extra 20 minutes every day do for you? Let’s find out today, my friend!
Clean your inbox: Open your email and unsubscribe from all emails that you no longer want to receive, empty your trash (make sure there’s nothing important in there!), and clean your inbox. Now you’re much more likely to check emails and always keep it organized.
Drink more water: In fact, start your day by drinking a nice big glass of water before having anything else in the morning.
Make a list of all your wins this year: List down all the things you’re proud of yourself for – big and small. And remember that what may seem small or ordinary to you, maybe something big and significant. So be proud of yourself!
Gratitude: List 3 things you’re grateful for today. Also, think about what you’re grateful for during social distancing. Is it the time you get to spend with your family? Is it the time you get to learn something new? Is it the time you get to heal your body and the environment?
Create a new habit: Reflect back on the 29 days and decide which habits or tasks do you want to continue next month. Do you want to continue waking up 20 minutes earlier? Perhaps you want to make yoga a part of your morning routine? Or maybe you want to have more “no social media” days? Or do you want to make movie nights a weekly thing and schedule some downtime?
You can also make it more fun by turning it into a 30-day challenge (30 days of yoga, 30 days of calling and checking in with a loved one, 30 days of practicing self-care).
Alright, my friend! This is your 30 day challenge ^_^
I hope you find this useful and that this helps you feel refreshed and more accomplished than the month before.
As always, leave a comment below or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, messages, stories, or to just hi! I love hearing from you and will always respond to you personally! 🙂