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May Self-Care Challenge: Recap

Every day during the month of May I committed to self-care. Self-care plays a vital role in managing stress and anxiety because it helps one to fill up their own cup.

Here are the rules:

  1. Minimum 20 minutes of self-care each day.

  2. Workouts don't count.

  3. No cell phone allowed during self-care time.

I'm pleased to announce I have successfully completed my May Self-Care Challenge. There were definitely times I wanted to throw in the towel and just say, "well, at least I tried". But this challenge was especially important to me because I made it solely for me! The biggest change I have noticed is that now self-care seems much more like a habit then something I have to consciously remember to do. I've also noticed decreased overall levels of anxiety and decreased negative self-talk. All of which are important shifts to make to more successfully manage stress and anxiety.

I hope you all can get a chance to challenge yourself to more self-care, even if it means 10 minutes a day to yourself. Self-care can mean different things to different people and just because it looks one way to me, doesn't mean it has to look that way to you.

Here is how my final 3 days went, as they weren't in my last check-in:

May 29th - Saw a Movie.

If you see new movies all the time, this may not be a form of self-care for you, but for me it definitely is. I maybe see a new movie/go to the movies, once every two months. It's unfortunate because I love it, but sometimes life gets in the way.

May 30th - Yoga Flow

I was feeling VERY sore on Thursday and really needed this. It also prompted an idea for my next challenge. During the month of June I will be doing a Stretch challenge.

May 31st - Bath + Bath Bomb

It seems fitting that I ended the month with one of my favorite forms of self-care. I'd had a rough afternoon, kicked my workouts' butt and just needed to end the weekend with a wonderful unwind sesh, and I did!

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