In February 2017, I launched the “14 Days of Self-Love Challenge” to inspire readers to incorporate self-love and self-compassion into their daily lives. The challenge was so popular, that I’ve made it easily accessible to anyone interested in starting it!
If you’d like to read more about self-compassion, why it’s important, and how to practice it, be sure to check out the beginning of this post.
14 DAYS OF SELF-LOVE CHALLENGE
WRITE DOWN, OR SAY ALOUD, THREE THINGS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Waking up and remembering all the positive aspects of your life will improve your attitude and set the tone for the rest of your day.
MOVE YOUR BODY IN A NEW WAY (TRY THAT FITNESS CLASS OR YOUTUBE VIDEO YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO CHECK OUT!)
Today is the day to be brave and to carve out time for yourself. Make movement (and sweating!) a priority today, and do it for YOU. Because each new day is your opportunity to start developing a new healthy habit.
MAKE AN INTENTIONAL EFFORT TO TREAT EVERYONE YOU ENCOUNTER WITH UTMOST KINDNESS, PATIENCE, AND RESPECT. (COMPLIMENT A STRANGER, BUY COFFEE FOR YOUR COWORKER, OR OFFER TO BABYSIT YOUR FRIEND’S KID)
Giving back to others allows us to shift our thoughts to someone else. It is very personally gratifying to know that we contributed to brightening someone else’s day. Showing people you care and spreading kindness, are signs of strength, not weakness. #kindnessspreadskindness
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET AND DONATE YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS
Don’t let the items you never wear weigh you down, and allow others to enjoy them instead. Make space for the new.
GO FOR A WALK OR HIKE WITH ONLY YOUR THOUGHTS (NO ELECTRONICS!)
Use this opportunity to focus on your breathing, the scenery, and just your thoughts.
BUY YOURSELF A BOUQUET OF FRESH FLOWERS
Treat yourself and brighten up your day.
SEND A HANDWRITTEN NOTE TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE
The art of the hand-written note is fading. Don’t let the flame die.
PRACTICE THE ART OF SAYING ‘NO’
Say ‘yes’ to the people, relationships, friendships, jobs, and opportunities that make you say ‘f*ck yes!’ Any other reaction deserves a no.
END ALL TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS. TODAY IS THE DAY TO CUT OUT THE PEOPLE OR ACTIVITIES THAT DON’T BUILD YOU UP
Our time is too precious to not feel uplifted by everyone (and thing) in your life.
HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS
Celebrate the friendships you’ve cultivated over a homemade meal. Recognize each of your friends for what they bring to your life. Compliments go a long way, and the special people in your life deserve to know how you feel.
CREATE A GRATITUDE JAR AND RECORD YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS
Open the jar in a year as a small reminder of your wonderful year.
DEVOTE AN ENTIRE DAY TO YOURSELF (MAKE NO PLANS!)
Act like it’s your birthday, and plan a day just for you. Visit your favorite coffee shop, breakfast nook, museum, library, etc. Today, it’s all about YOU! Focus on being alone. Lean into the discomfort, and recognize that you are okay on your own.
STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TRY SOMETHING NEW
Eat at a restaurant alone, take yourself to a movie, sit at a bar by yourself, read a new book, try a new workout, start a blog, write your first journal entry, cook a new recipe…just go for it!
WRITE YOURSELF A LETTER FROM YOUR FUTURE SELF. IMAGINE ALL THAT YOU WILL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. ALL THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET. AND ALL THE WAYS YOU’VE GROWN. SEAL IT, AND OPEN IT IN 2018
Imagine the endless possibilities that your future holds and seal it all into a letter. Praise yourself for leaving the relationship you didn’t think you were brave enough to end. Celebrate the milestones that challenged you and pushed your stamina. Tell yourself how proud you are of how much you’ve grown personally and professionally. Thank yourself for taking the last two weeks to devote time to healing yourself. ♥