If the pandemic has left you feeling down, you’re not alone. According to recent data, Americans are reporting significant increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking care of yourself during the pandemic can be daunting and difficult.
Your favorite wellness spots — such as fitness centers, spas, or maybe even a local cafe — have probably been impacted by closures or reduced store hours, meaning you don’t have access to as many self-care resources as before. If your wellness routine included specialized workout equipment that you don’t have at home, these closures may be especially devastating.
Adapting to the new normal is stressful, so it’s worthwhile to invest in self-care to combat this stress. One way to practice self-care from the comfort of your own home is this 30-day self-care challenge. Each activity is designed to improve either your mental, physical or emotional health, which are all equally important elements to keeping you feeling your best during these particularly difficult times.
The printable calendar and stickers that come with this challenge make it easy and fun to track your progress. And the activities included in the challenge are small, concrete and approachable steps that you can take to improve your health. Finding the motivation to take care of yourself can be difficult, so it’s helpful and rewarding to tackle challenges that feel achievable.
Ultimately, this challenge is for you, so you have the control to make modifications to the daily challenges and create a calendar that will help you achieve your wellness goals. If fitness and healthy eating are your preferred forms of self-care, you can easily swap out some daily challenges to make extra room for your favorite workouts or nutritious recipes. Are you ready to take your mental, physical and emotional health into your own hands? Read on!
The 30-day self-care calendar, stickers and daily challenge details can be found here.
Descriptions of each daily challenge can be found here.
Day 1: Hydrate With the 8×8 Rule
Day 2: Commit to a Day of Eating Healthy
Day 3: Find Your Inner Yogi
Day 4: Try Something New
Day 5: Find a Quiet Spot and Read
Day 6: Get an Extra Hour of Sleep
Day 7: Schedule Time for Your Health
Day 8: Create a Fitness Goal
Day 9: Start Your Day With Your Favorite Herbal Tea
Day 10: Learn How to Grow Something
Day 11: Meditate for 10 Minutes
Day 12: Create a Morning Routine
Day 13: Unplug
Day 14: Replace Your Coffee or Energy Drink with Green Tea
Day 15: Start a Food Journal
Day 16: Write a Blog Post
Day 17: Skip the Added Sugar
Day 18: Write 3 Intentions for Yourself
Day 19: Take a Bubble Bath
Day 20: Create a Zen Den
Day 21: Get Rid of 3 Things You Don’t Use
Day 22: Create a Bedtime Routine
Day 23: Start Your Day With Gratitude
Day 24: Go Green
Day 25: Dance Along to Your Favorite Tunes
Day 26: Identify Your Stressors
Day 27: Have a Spontaneous Date Night
Day 28: Go for a Long Walk
Day 29: Send a “Thank You” Note
Day 30: Engage in Self-Reflection