It’s crazy to think that this month has flown by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that Erin reached out to me to see if i was interested in collaborating with her on this challenge. After going through this month with focusing on self care, relaxation and more—I’ve learned so much from this process and experience. I want to thank Erin from A Welder’s Wife for joining me with these challenges and experience altogether. It has been wonderful to work with her and see how she has done each week during the challenges!
If it’s your first post catching up on the Mental Cleanse Challenge visit the posts below to catch up on the weekly challenges and posts below to see how Erin and I did each week!
1| Week 1: Introduction
2| Week 2: Self Care
3| Week 3: Diet & Exercise
4| Week 4: Digital Cleanse
Now keep reading below to see how I did last week on the positivity challenges:
Feb. 20: No complaint day.
I was a little nervous about this challenge because if I’m stressing out over a workout…I will complain. But, I’m happy to say that I made it through Insanity without a single complaint! A huge win for me personally, haha!
Feb 21: Write down 3 great things that happened today.
1. I had a productive day at work. 2. I worked hard on the blog after work. 3. I meal prepped for the entire week.
Feb 22: Spend 15 minutes in silence focusing on one positive attribute about yourself.
My positive attribute was focusing on my self-motivation and drive to keep going. The part I struggled with was only focusing on this one thought when there were other thoughts in my head.
Feb 23: Compliment a stranger.
This is never a difficult task since I’m around people most of the time. It is always nice to see someone light up after you give them a genuine compliment.
Feb 24: Write a letter to yourself explaining why you are unique.
I thought I was going to have a difficult time with this one, but instead of writing a letter, I decided to do it as a list, which seemed less daunting and overwhelming for someone who feels uncomfortable talking about themselves.
Feb 25: Ask your friends to describe you in 3 words, write them down, and repeat it to yourself throughout the day.
I decided to ask my co-workers it was the best decision of my life. They said: confident, outgoing and crazy (in a good way, haha). It makes me happy to see how they perceive me is in a positive way. It definitely made my day to think about this throughout the rest of the day.
Feb 26: Write out your challenge wins and treat yourself!
I’m so happy to say that I was able to complete all the challenges throughout this month. This challenge and teaming with up Erin taught me so much about practicing self care and focusing on time for myself, which was so important. I was most surprised about the diet and exercise challenges like going vegan and trying a new workout!
Overall, I’m sad to see that that challenge is over with, but I love knowing it’s something I can plan for another month down the road when I’m in need of some self care and relaxation. If you followed along with these challenges:
What was your favorite/least favorite week?
My favorite week was the self care week because it had mix of everything from walking to pampering sessions and everything in between. My least favorite week was probably the diet and exercise because it was a little more challenging even though it was worth it!
What challenges were you most surprised that you were able to accomplish?
No complaint day during the positivity week and trying a new workout during the diet and exercise week. Both were two that I was worried about, but was happy and proud for accomplishing them.
What challenges were your favorite or most difficult to complete?
I loved all the positivity challenges even though they were also the most difficult challenges to complete for me personally. When I was able to cross the daily challenge off my list for each day, it was so satisfying.
Is this something you’d like to try again down the road?
YES! I definitely want to plan this for summertime when I’ll need another pick-me-up-month and need to focus on self care, relaxation and refreshing my mind altogether.
Want a review of all the challenges?
I hope you enjoyed following along on these challenges throughout the month of February with Erin and I. It was so fun and refreshing to have a month filled with challenges that focused on self care, relaxation and everything in between to focus on mental health. Make sure to leave comments below asking the reflection questions and any other comments you have from participating in the challenges!