Bring on the Joy: The 30-Day Self-Love Challenge (Part 1)

Do you give yourself the same kind of love you so generously give to others?

The kind of love that lights you up from the inside out and makes happiness possible?

While unfortunate to note, many people do not.

This is where this 30-day self-love challenge can come in handy.

Every challenge is designed to help you develop true and lasting self-love.

The 30-Day Love Yourself Challenge

Day 01: Write 3 positive affirmations and recite them out loud.

Choose 3 loving affirmations about self-love that resonate with you and write them down. 

Tape them on your mirror and any place where you see them often.

Then commit to reciting them every morning for the next 30 days.

Day 02: List down 10 things you love about yourself.

Think of 10 things that make you unique.

What do you love about your body?

What are your strengths?

What do you appreciate about yourself?

Day 03: Say thank you to 5 of your body parts in the mirror.

Many people, especially women, beat themselves up by criticising their bodies non-stop.

Today, choose not to criticise yourself in any shape, way, or form.

Give your body the love it deserves.

And don’t just say “Thank you.”

Give a reason as to why you are thankful.

For instance, “Thank you, legs for allowing me to do yoga, chase babies, taking me to where I want to go.”

Day 04: Say no.

Give yourself some respect by saying no to something you don’t want to do.

It’s okay to have boundaries that protect you and your peace of mind.

So don’t hesitate to say no.

Day 05: Do something you are very good at.

Maybe you are good at solving math problems. 

Or maybe you are a genius at painting.

Whatever it is that you are exceptionally good at, do it today.

Then marvel at your strength and talent!

Day 06: Engage in loving exercise.

Here’s the deal: today’s exercise should be done with the sole purpose of making you feel good.

Have no expectations.

No hitting unrealistic goals.

Move your body because you enjoy how happy and alive it makes you feel.

Day 07: List down 5 things you love about your life.

Write down 5 great things you have going for you.

What are you grateful for?

What do you love about your home?

Your family?

Your job?

You created and manifested those so give yourself a pat on the back!

Day 08: Change your environment to a happier one.

Today, do something that can make your environment a happier and better place.

Add a plant, light a candle, post gratitude quotes, or do something kind.

Regardless of what it is that you will do, at the end of the day, you have one additional thing that brightens up your day.

Day 09: Turn off your mobile phone and take a hot shower.

Give your body and mind the love it needs.

Turn off your phone an hour early and take a hot shower to unwind.

You can also crawl into the bathtub and read or strategise how you can create the life you want.

Day 10: Do an act of kindness.

Love on others, and you will love on yourself too.

There’s no shortage of kindness acts you can do.

Thank someone for being in your life, give someone a compliment, give your significant other a thoughtful gift, you get the drift.

Day 11: Have a digital break.

Social media is wonderful but it can also lead you to compare your life to the small and seemingly perfect snippets of other people’s lives.

Unfortunately, this is a trap many have not been able to avoid.

So do yourself a massive favor and take a digital break.

No social media.

Instead, spend the time connecting with friends and family that mean the most to you.

Day 12: Forgive yourself. 

Have you made a mistake or two this week?

If you have been living fully, it’s a possibility.

Now, sit on your bed and tell yourself repeatedly, “I forgive myself for the mistake I have made. I let them go.”

There is no use holding on to past mistakes.

Forget the mistakes and take note of the lessons learned.

Day 13: Eat a nourishing meal.

Just like exercise, don’t aim to hit some goal today.

The idea is to just make a salad or smoothie or anything that’s healthy and nutritious for your body.

Exercise and healthy, nutritious food are not punishment.

They are self-love.

Teach yourself to see things that way.

Day 14: Buy yourself flowers.

Because you deserve beauty in your life.

Because you are special.

Because you deserve it.

Day 15: Write down 3 hard things you did today.

Often, you don’t give yourself the credit you deserve. 

Today, acknowledge the hard work you have been putting in and celebrate it!

Over to You

Undoubtedly, the first 15 days are filled with great self-love ideas you can easily act on. Watch out for the second part of the 30-day self-love challenge where we tackle days 16 to 30!

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