“Take time off…
The world will not fall apart without you”
― Malebo Sephodi
? Hello and welcome to Day 13 of the 21-Day Self-Care Challenge.
? Each day for 21 days we give you an action to complete that will help you to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of the other aspects of your life effectively.
Each of our tasks focuses on either physical, mental or emotional self-care.
You can either follow the tasks as specified or individualize them.
We suggest scheduling off some self-care time in your diary each night so that you keep your meeting with yourself.
Today we are going to focus on some emotional self-care.
✅ Write in your journal
✅ Do you keep a regular journal? Share with us in the Self-care Challenge Community Group on Facebook.
Make it physical
Putting pen to paper and making your thoughts permanent on the physical plane can help you work through them and understand yourself better.
A common practice when we were young was to “keep a diary. practice of keeping a journal is a beneficial aspect of a healthy lifestyle for better managing stress, anxiety, and mental health conditions.
According to the University of Rochester’s Health Encyclopedia journaling can help you:
- Manage anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Cope with depression
Journaling helps control your symptoms and improve your mood by:
- Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
- Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
- Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviours.
Some common things you might find it useful to journal about are:
- Present or past situations you feel challenged by
- Habits and patterns that you find are repeating themselves
- Habits and patterns that you want to start implementing
- Relationships: past, current and future ones you wish to foster
- Goals, ones you’ve reached or are reaching for. What’s worked?
- Motivation, and how you find it. What distracts you, why?
- Dreams, long-term dreams or the ones you have in your sleep
- Passions, interests, and hobbies
- Change and your response to it
- Growth and evaluation of how you’re growing
- Love: romantic, platonic, familial
- Your life purpose
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