Challenges can bring out the best in us. They push us to meet our goals and help us to keep going when we want to quit. So for the month of October, I’m launching Self-Care Sundays as a challenge to each of you to find at least 30 minutes to one hour per week to give yourself some TLC.
Week 1 – Sunday, October 7
Take a walk for 30 minutes by yourself. No dogs, no other humans, just you. On this walk, pay attention to your surroundings. Is there a place you’re drawn to when you’re out walking? Use this time to clear your head and enjoy being alone. You don’t have to converse with anyone or worry about your dogs barking at someone else. It’s just you and your thoughts, strolling along and enjoying the beauty of the world.
Week 2 – Sunday, October 14
Treat yourself to a manicure. Or a pedicure. Or both. Whatever you decide, relax and let someone else take care of you for a little while while you catch up on the latest celebrity gossip in a magazine, sip your latte, or just close your eyes and tune out the rest of the world.
Week 3 – Sunday, October 21
Start reading (or continue reading) that book you’ve had sitting on the nightstand collecting dust for weeks. Reading is a great way to nourish your mind and your soul. If you have trouble settling down to read, put your phone on do not disturb and set a timer for 30 minutes. Most of us sacrifice reading for scrolling through social media (I’m just as guilty), so put down the phone and pick up a book.
Week 4 – Sunday, October 28
Take a nap. Yes, I said it. Take. A. Nap. Put your favorite jammies or napping clothes on, put your phone away, and give yourself permission to nap in the middle of the day. Napping has because a weekend practice for me and I love it. Why didn’t we enjoy naps as kids?
Maybe you’re someone who is just not into reading or doesn’t nap. If so, cool, you do you. I just ask that you give yourself 30 minutes to one hour every Sunday in October for some self-care. Use the hashtag #Youfirstlifestyle when you post about your #SelfCareSunday time.
You got this!