Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week 2

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on February 6, 2017


Congrats on making it through the first week of challenges from the 30-day Mental Cleanse. (Now you better go treat yo self to some wine, girl.)

For those who aren’t aware, Erin from “A Welder’s Wife” and myself created a month’s worth of mental-based challenges for you to try all throughout February. If you’re looking to cleanse your mind and focus on self care—this challenge is perfect for you!

Below are a reflection of the first week of challenges:

Jan. 30: Set two goals you would like to achieve during this challenge

My first goal is to set a little time for self care every day throughout February, so that I can appreciate that day. My second goal is to focus on that day’s challenge instead of thinking and worrying about upcoming challenges to be more present for each day.

Jan. 31: Treat your face to a special pampering facial

This is never an issue for me because I have a hefty sheet mask collection. I took the time to exfoliate my skin, and followed up with a sheet mask from Sephora.

Feb. 1: Go for a walk

Walking is the one thing I do whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed. I was able to take a walk during my break at work due to it snowing nonstop here in PA. Taking a walk before work or on a break always relaxes me.

Feb. 2: Journal for 15 minutes

I typically write in my journal on Sundays, but I rearranged my journaling time to this day instead and it was a success. I was nervous about changing my normal routine to accomplish these challenges but it hasn’t been an issue yet!

Feb. 3: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal

I try go to sleep around 11:30, but I was happy to get to bed at 11 this night because it was a long week at work for me. A little extra rest is always important when you need it.

Feb. 4: Make a Gratitude list of everything you are grateful for in your life

I used to keep a gratitude journal that I would write in almost every night. This was particularly easy for me! Since then, I’ve pick up my journaling again a little more frequently, so I’m happy this was a challenge.

Feb. 5: Take a long bubble bath

I sorta failed this one. I don’t take baths much since I moved because our tub in shallow, but I treated myself to a pamper night by doing my nails, a hair mask, etc. I still feel good about this day and think it still counts, right?

Make sure to let us know how you did with the first week of challenges! Below are the next week’s challenges!

The second week of challenges: Diet & Exercise 

  • Feb. 6: Try a new workout you’ve never done before.

  • Feb. 7: Keep all three meals “phone free.” No social media scrolling!

  • Feb. 8: Do a yoga for beginners workout to give your muscles a little TLC.

  • Feb. 9: Make two of your three meals meatless. Need inspiration? Check Pinterest!

  • Feb. 10: Meditate for 5 minutes and focus on your breath.

  • Feb. 11: Take your workout outdoors even if it’s for 20 minutes. Bundle up!

  • Feb. 12: Go vegan for a day!

What challenges were the easiest/most difficult for week one? What challenges for the second week are you most concerned about? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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  • Michelle Lynn

    I love these. I want to do this too.

  • Kate

    This such a great idea and says so much about the way we live that we have to remind ourselves to be mindful and take time for us. I want to participate.

    • Follow along with us on Mondays where you can catch up on and read how we did with last week’s challenges, and see the new challenges for that week!

  • I especially like your February 7 challenge; “Keep all three meals “phone free.” No social media scrolling!” The hubby and I went out to dinner the other night and saw two twentysomethings having dinner together but both were on their phone. It was sad. 🙁

    • It’s funny because I was out to dinner with my boyfriend’s parents (in their 50s) and they weren’t both on their phones and we were watching them thinking, “Something isn’t right here–hahaha!” Yes, time away from your phone is so important.

  • This is such a great challenge! I need to join in!

    • Follow along with Erin and I all month long! You’ll love it!

  • Chelsea-Catherine Cobb Croom

    I love the idea of the gratitude list! I so need to get back into journaling!

    • It is such a wonderful thing I took for granted when I had a little more time in my day!

  • Steph Gregerson

    I love this challenge. I just pinned it so I can jump in soon.

    • That’s so great to hear, Steph! Can’t wait to hear how you do with the challenges!

  • Leah

    Loving this…Your blog is such a nice place to visit.

  • Kat

    I was reading the stuff you wrote down. I thought that they are easy challenges and I think I can do them. Then I read the challenges for this week. The meat eater in me cannot seem to complete this one. Ha! Good job, by the way.

    • Thanks so much, Kat! I promise that Pinterest in a HUGE and great source of inspiration!

  • Great first week, Kiara!! I wish journaling was easier for me, but I have a hard time putting personal thoughts on paper.. However, it was so nice to release a few of those thoughts this week. Have a fabulous week two!

    • Thanks so much, Erin! I hope you’re able to use Pinterest for the meatless meals you’ll have to make! We got this! 🙂

  • Jewels Rhode

    I love this mental cleanse challenge. I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate self-care into my day. I know I’m late, but I want to start this challenge!

    • It’s okay to work on this challenge whenever works for you! As long as you’re working at it, that’s perfectly fine!

  • I so need to refresh and revitalize after a hectic Jan! Thanks for the solid and actionable advice.

  • I’m seeing a theme in the posts I’m attracted to lately. I love this! I’m inspired to move more, reflect and focus on self-care. Thanks!

    • Self care is so important, and I hope that with this challenge–people will see that! Hope to see you follow along throughout the month!

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    This is awesome and so doable…I don’t like things that I know I won’t be able to follow through on…especially when you know you won’t when you read it…Thanks!

    • You’re so welcome! Happy to know you’re interested in practicing more self care!

  • Sounds like a great, refreshing challenge! I may need to do a few of these things…like desperately need a facial…my skin is all out of whack after pregnancy hormones. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the challenge goes!

    • Thanks, Jackie! Yes, feel free to do a few of the challenges in one day if you really need to treat yourself to some extra self care! Hope to see you following along for the rest of the challenges!

  • Jessica Jade

    I love that you’ve chosen one task per day. I find that without the little steps and reminders, I forget to stick with my spiritual practice and will use this guide as a reference for my own.

    • Thank you so much, Jessica! I think it makes the challenges seem less daunting and more doable for other people!

  • Leah

    Went for a walk this morning. I call it a mental health walk…focusing on mental health rather than physical

    • Yes! I feel the same way when I take walks. There are definitely more for mental clarity than anything else!

  • Love this challenge! I need to be more consistent with my meditation. I enjoy how it makes me feel, but need to turn it into a habit.


    • Mediation is something I’m still working on myself. But I find when I practice in short, 2-minute increments–it’s less overwhelming and easier to focus and clear my mind.

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