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Bring on the Joy: The 30-Day Self-Love Challenge (Part 2)

Here’s part 2 of our 30-day self-love challenge.

Are you ready?

Let’s get to it!

The 30-Day Love Yourself Challenge Part 2

Day 16: Answer the following questions in your journal.

  • What activities bring me joy?
  • When am I most confident?
  • Am I letting go of the mistakes I have made?
  • Have I shown my body the praise and love it deserves? How?
  • What inspires me?
  • What makes me feel complete?
  • When was the last time I respected myself by saying no and setting a boundary?

When you get your thoughts down on paper, you will be able to dig deeper into what truly brings you joy and how well you are treating and showing yourself love.

Day 17: Compliment yourself in the mirror.

Better yet, say I love you to yourself while looking at yourself in the mirror.

This exercise will only take a few seconds but it works like magic.

The mirror technique can help shift your focus to self-love and praise.

If you can, do this challenge from day 01 to 30 until it becomes a part of your day.

Day 18: Set aside 30 minutes each day for self-care.

Make today a non-negotiable self-love meeting with yourself.

Then do something that makes you feel amazing.

You can listen to your favorite podcast, read a book, or take a nap.

Day 19: Create a playlist of your favorite songs.

When creating your special playlist, make sure you include songs that will inspire you to love and appreciate yourself more.

Here are a few fun and empowering ones you can include:

  • Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Feeling Myself by Beyonce and Nicki Minaj
  • Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  • Confident by Demi Lovato

Day 20: Read a book.

Choose an empowering book that inspires self-love and self-care.

Or you can also go for one that you have been wanting to read but never really got the chance to do.

Day 21: Create a vision board.

What are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations? 

Think about what you truly want.

Then create an epic vision board that represents all the things you would like to accomplish.

Day 22: Design a Sunday self-care routine.

At the end of each week, do something that will help you reconnect and recharge and prepare you for another week ahead.

Think of self-care activities that help you appreciate yourself more and boost your self-love.

Your routine can be as short as 10 minutes or can be as long as an hour (or even two!).

You call the shots!

Below are some great self-care Sunday ideas you can try:

  • Take a long walk nature walk
  • Have a spa day (Do your nails, have a facial, shade, take a long shower, etc.)
  • Drink a relaxing cup of your favorite tea and read a few chapters of your favorite book
  • Have a “cuddle time” with your kids, significant other, or pets
  • Take a long and relaxing nap
  • Get a massage
  • Bake or cook something you love
  • Call a friend or family member and check on them

Day 23: Connect with nature.

Today, get outside for a few minutes.

Visit a place where nature’s beauty is exceptional.

Then touch a tree.

Observe the local animals.

Breathe in the fresh air.

Admire all the beauty around you and bask in it.

You will come home a better, happier, and more grounded person.

Day 24: Stretch for 10 minutes before going to bed.

Stiffness and pain will often respond well to regular stretching.

Tonight, look for a short YouTube video or create your own stretches.

Observe how much your body feels before you lay down.

Day 25: Get a gratitude notebook.

List down at least 5 things you are grateful for.

No matter how seemingly trivial, write them down.

Gratitude can turn your life around once it becomes a part of your daily life.

Day 26: Write yourself a love note.

Better yet, write yourself a full love letter!

What do you appreciate about yourself?

What do you love about yourself?

Write everything down.

Then place it in a drawer.

The next time you feel low and doubt yourself, you can always reread that letter so you can shift your mindset.

Day 27: Connect with someone you love.

People who love us see our best qualities and remind us of them.

They also provide support on days when we feel down in the dumps.

So spend quality time with someone who cares about you. 

If they are far away, get on a call with them or send them a text or an email.

Day 28: Do one thing that makes you feel good.

Anything at all.

Anything that you have been meaning to do.

You can watch your favorite rom coms.

You can watch the sunset at your favorite resort.

You can do something that challenges you.

Or you can just relax and do nothing.

It’s all up to you.

The idea is to do whatever your body, mind, or spirit needs today.

Day 29: Declutter.

When you declutter, you make space for something new.

You make space for yourself.

Whether it’s cleaning out your email (or your closet) or tackling your backlogs at work, do it!

Things feel way different (and better) when things are tidier.

Give that gift to yourself.

Day 30: Reframe something negative into something positive.

If you have made it this far, congratulations!

You have shown yourself so much love the last 29 days!

Finally, pay attention to your thoughts today.

When you think of something negative, don’t dwell on it.

This can be a tricky one but it becomes easier the more you do it.

Over to You

Now that you have experienced how good it feels to love, appreciate, and look out for yourself, consider doing this challenge for the rest of the year. It is time that you recognise your worth. Be your own soulmate. Be your own best friend. Commit to loving yourself no matter what and watch your life change magically.

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