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!