Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week 3

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on February 13, 2017

Another week has already come and gone! I feel that these challenges are coming and going so quickly and that February is flying by. It doesn’t help that this month has been very busy at work, which makes the days seem very short.

If this is your first post catching up on my 30-Day Mental Cleanse Challenge with Erin, stop and go back to the beginning. Read the first post in this challenge series about the collaboration for creating self-care challenges and a review of my first week of the Mental Cleanse Challenge!

Are you caught up to speed? Good, now we can move on to reviewing last week’s challenges and where I struggled!

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

I knew this would be challenging for me because I’ve done a lot of different workouts. But I decided to go out of my comfort zone and not cheat, so I tried a cardio ab workout I found online.

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

This isn’t ever an issue for breakfast or dinner, but lunch at the office is filled with social media browsing. Instead, I got my coworkers on board to keep their phones away for lunch.

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

I needed this. I have been going hard on the leg and cardio workouts, so some yoga was exactly what I needed this day. I only did a 15-minute, but it’s better than nothing, right?!

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

I typically don’t have an issue with this because I love to eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and salads to begin with. I had a huge salad for lunch and a veggie pasta for dinner.

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

I was able to do in this in the office. I was feeling overwhelmed and took the opportunity to calm myself with breathing and relaxing for 10 minutes. Breathing works wonders for stress, friends.

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

We were happy to see a little warm weather this day, so I took a walk outside for 15 minutes. It’s still winter here in PA, so we didn’t want to go overboard with the outdoors.

Feb. 12: Go vegan for a day!

What was I thinking with this challenge? Not having eggs, cheese or any other animal products was challenging, but achievable. I ate lentil soup, salad, fruit salad, and rice with veggies throughout the day.

How did you do with these challenges? Make sure to share your wins and losses from this week! Don’t be shy, it’s okay if you had a slip-up or two!


The Third Week of Challenges: Digital Cleanse

  • Feb. 13: Clean out your inbox and sort your emails into folders. Delete all spam.
  • Feb. 14: No social media before 11 a.m. Take the time to be productive!
  • Feb. 15: Unfollow people on social media who don’t inspire you.
  • Feb. 16: Organize your desktop accordingly into folders. Delete unnecessary items.
  • Feb. 17: Go through your phone and organize your apps into folders. Delete apps, old notes, contacts, etc.
  • Feb. 18: Have a phone-free night with family or loved ones!
  • Feb. 19: Unsubscribe from email marketing you’re not interested in keeping up with.

How have you been loving the challenges so far? What challenges were the easiest/most difficult for week two? What challenges for the third week are you most concerned about? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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  • I cannot believe we are half way through this challenge! You did great this week! I accomplished it all except the Vegan day (one meal messed it up for me), but today is a new day! I am very excited to be focusing on digital cleansing for the next 7 days! I have already deleted over 70 emails from my blog email with lots more to sort! We got this!

    • So happy to know you’ve been killing it with these challenges, girl! Hope this week is still going well for you!

  • This is such a good idea. Bravo to you for committing to these challenges

    • Thank you, Karen! Some are easier than others but they are all worth the time and energy!

  • jennadesigns

    You’re doing great! I’m thinking maybe next month I’m going to start this challenge … lots of great ideas here!

    • Thank you! Feel free to take this on any month you’d like!

  • Leah

    I love this series. It makes me so happy!

    • Thank you so much, Leah! Happy to hear it brings a little bliss to your day

  • I’m really loving all the challenges this week! Ridding our lives from unnecessary negativity is so freeing, I think!

    • I completely agree, Cara! Positivity is a huge part of this side of the Mental challenges we have!

  • Cadri

    Awesome challenges, I definitely need to do this for myself it seems very freeing!

    • It is! And I’m happy to know so many bloggers who are joining in have been loving the challenges as well!

  • How did going vegan for a day go? I’ve been trying to incorporate more meatless/vegan/vegetarian meals into my diet in 2017…love hearing other’s experiences as well!!

    • I made a great vegan pancake recipe that day and I loved it! I think I get weary of vegan recipes because I think they will be more work but there are a ton of resources to make the cooking easy and simple!

  • Great ideas! I love trying to keep meals phone free.

    • It definitely helps me from focusing on enjoying my meal and not just aimlessly scrolling on social media!

  • I really need to do better about getting outdoors. It’s so hard during winter, but we’ve been seeing nicer weather, so I shouldn’t have any excuses! No social media before 11 am sounds like a challenge I’d be interested in.

    • It was a little difficult at first once I got settled for the day but then I saw how productive I was instead and it was awesome!

  • Focusing on your breathing is a good one! My Apple Watch reminds me to stop and breathe every once in a while. It sounds silly but it’s a great feature to have especially since we’re always running around!

    • I have the Apple Watch too and it does the same thing but I LOVE that feature!

  • OMG I feel so late to the game but am going to start today!!! NEED this challenge! Thank you <3

    • It’s okay, Rachel! You can start from Day 1 whenever works for you! I’m happy so many bloggers are taking on this challenge!

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