30 Day Self Care Challenge

Self-care can be difficult to get into the habit of doing for ourselves. It is a sad truth. We would rather tackle a laundry list of items for our households, work, and family before we even begin thinking about taking time for ourselves. What is the deal with that?

It takes more than one special moment or one day to cultivate the real love within you that you may have been neglecting from yourself. This is why I created this 30-day self-care challenge. If you are like me then perhaps you need to challenge yourself in order to commit. Don’t worry this will be easier than it sounds and all items in this self-care challenge are designed to help you connect fully with yourself and fill you up with love and happiness.

Decide to commit yourself to 30 days of self-care to revamp your spirit, create a new habit, re-appreciate the beauty in the simple things or just to have a good thing happen in your day. You have all the power!

Yes, there may be days when you feel like you don’t want to do anything at all. That is why each daily challenge ranges from big self-care tasks like de-cluttering your home to small tasks like taking a bath.

So are you ready to begin the best 30-day challenge you will ever do for yourself? Good! Let’s do this!

There is no particular order to this challenge. Do one thing a day and let me know how you do in the comments.

Much love.

  1. Get out in nature: Go sit on a bench under a tree or take a stroll in your local park.
  2. Create a bucket list: Be as brave as you like. Create a short and long term bucket list of places you would like to travel, things you would like to do or see. This is different than a list of goals, these should be based on experiences and dreams.
  3. Meditate: If you have never meditated before you can download a free trial of the app Headspace, this is my favorite meditation app. Additionally, you can check out these books if you are interested in learning more about meditation or mindfulness.
  4. Read: If you are not currently reading a book then maybe a trip to the bookstore is in order to pick yourself up something fun. If you are reading something already then snuggle up on the couch and get reading. You may also be interested in these self-love book recommendations. 
  5. Enjoy a cup of something warm and simple: Cup of tea anyone? Hot cocoa?
  6. Unplug from TV. Listen to music today instead: Put down the remote, turn off the Netflix and turn on some of your favorite music. See where the evening or day takes you.
  7. Connect with a  friend: Sometimes it is hard to have a date with a friend, although if you can grab coffee do that today! If you can’t see your BFF today then pick up the phone. Nourish those special relationships in your life.
  8. Go on a date with yourself: Solo movie? Dinner date? My personal favorite solo date is junk food and dorky documentaries. But we can’t all be that cool.
  9. Create a gratitude list: Grab a notebook or your phone and write out everything you can think of that you are grateful for. I am grateful for coffee is legit!
  10. Take a nap: Catch some afternoon Zzz’s today! Need more convincing? Check out this post showing 5 reasons you should start napping!
  11. Pamper yourself: For me, a good pampering means a facial and bubble bath. What about you? Check out my summer time bath routine for some inspiration.
  12. Make a list of goals: This is different from your bucket list in that your goals should be things that you want to achieve not things that you wish to experience. Example: Pay off debt. Writing them out helps with solidification and manifestation.
  13. De-clutter your home: Remove at least one garbage bag of junk from your home today.
  14. Cook an amazing meal for yourself: Head on over to Pinterest or open that cookbook you bought but never look at and commit to making something fancy for yourself or share your cool skills with someone special.
  15. Do yoga: Check out Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube to find the perfect video for you. No, you do not need a fancy mat or gym clothes, standing in your bra in your living room works fine.
  16. Unplug from social media: Big day today! Are you ready to take the plunge?
  17. Re-watch your favorite movie: Personally, I feel that any excuse to re-watch Harry Potter is going to bring a smile to my face. What movie makes you happy every time you watch it?
  18. Get crafty: This can mean lots of different things. I like to sit and color in my coloring book. If you don’t have a creative project then head to the dollar store and grab some simple supplies.
  19. Bake something: Chocolate chip cookies anyone? If you don’t like baking then you can always take today to head to your favorite baker to get a cupcake or your favorite treat.
  20. Fall asleep to nature sounds: If you have not done this before then get ready for the best night sleep of your life. YouTube has lots of lovely sounds to drift away too.
  21. Donate or volunteer: Look through your old clothes, jackets or even tins of food and find a bag of goodies to donate to your nearest shelter or drop off.
  22. Wear your best outfit today: Be your best self for yourself today!
  23. Plant something: Head to your local flower shop or grocery store and buy yourself something green to add life to your home.
  24. Commit to a full day of clean eating: What does clean eating mean to you? Does it mean no meat? No sugar? All organic? Commit to it today!
  25. Create a vision board: If you have already written your goals and bucket list then you are ready to create your vision board. This can be as big or small as you like. Grab a few old magazines, cut out anything that inspires you or reminds you of your bucket list and goals. Once you have your images you can begin gluing them on your board. Look at this for inspiration and manifestation every day!
  26. Go to bed extra early tonight: Send yourself some love by being well rested for tomorrow. Check out these sleep remedies to help you get the best nights rest. 
  27. Spend some time looking at old pictures and memories: Look back fondly over your happiest memories.
  28. Write a self-love list: Write out all the things about yourself that you love. Even the things you don’t love so much, try and think about starting to love those too!
  29. Create a budget: If it is your first time doing a budget than even better! Start by writing out your earnings and expenses. Give yourself a maximum amount for bills within your control and miscellaneous. Bam! A simple budget, save the money left over.
  30. Go for a stroll: Sunset walk on the beach or a moonlit walk in the park? Get outside and moving.

Post your 30 day challenge photos on Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #scaleitsimple30days Don’t forget to tag me in them so I can see how you do!

51 COMMENTS

  1. The Domestic Musician | 7th Aug 17

    I love this. Self care is so important.

    • stephaniewp | 7th Aug 17

      I agree! I hope you can take part 🙂

  2. foodiefindshome | 7th Aug 17

    This is a great list and I’ve already made note of several things I’m going to be doing for myself this month… As a mom of 4 it’s easy to forget about me sometimes. 🙂

  3. Rosie Digout | 7th Aug 17

    I think, society in general, if we do self -care than we are selfish. And yet, it’s so critical to our well-being. Thank you for the reminder, and I am going to schedule time for me later this week.

  4. Yentl | 7th Aug 17

    We need to practice this daily:) This challenge is a perfect kick starter!

  5. Channing | 7th Aug 17

    I love all these self care tips! They are so useful, especially when you when your the type of person who puts your own mental health on the back burner too often!

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      I think many people get so caught up in the day to day that they forget to take care of themselves in this way. Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Rachel Ritlop | 7th Aug 17

    I’m definitely going to try falling asleep to nature sounds! I’m totally going to try this 30 day challenge!

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      Yay! Please let me know how it goes, you can use the hashtag #scaleitsimple30days so I can check out your progress!

  7. Courtney CJ | 7th Aug 17

    This is beyond dope. You’ve got a lot of great ideas and I brushed my shoulder when I found that I did quite a few of these. I’m going to do yoga for the first time ever in LIFE later this week and I hope I enjoy it. I’d love to incorporate it into my practices.

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      Yoga is great! You will honestly love it! it is a great way to stay active and also great for calming and balancing. Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

  8. Alexis | 7th Aug 17

    Okay, this list is great! I am the worst at taking time for myself (in a positive way). I’m hoping to go to the gym a few times a week and have some dates with myself this month. I want to be more confident and go out to lunch alone.

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      Thank you! Maybe you can try the full 30 days? Even doing a few new things for yourself when you can makes such a huge difference because they can become things that you love to do 🙂

  9. jasminekeclipse | 7th Aug 17

    I love posts like this because I always, always need new self care ideas! I’m one of those people who can’t do the same thing and have the same results… so I always have to try new things for self care. This list is perfect and will be so helpful!

    Jasmine / http://www.jasminekeclipse.com

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      Thank you! I hope you get to try a few out. Or even try these out for a full 30 days 🙂 Let me know what you think!

  10. matildabeezley | 8th Aug 17

    We have been looking at ways to care for our whole family lately, hubby has been working long hours and my business has been taking up a lot of my time as well. Honestly the BEST thing we have done for self care is to hire a cleaner to come in and make our house spotless once a week. Trading such a small amount of our hard earned money so that we can relax when we aren’t working has been the best move we ever made. I’m looking forward to trading money for time in many other ways soon too.

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      That is a great idea! Having more time to spend with family or yourself is a top priority. 🙂

  11. petiteandtoned | 8th Aug 17

    This is such a great list! I really need to start checking off a few things (like going to bed early!)

    xoxo,

    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

  12. mirrorgirl | 8th Aug 17

    What an inspiring list! I would love to try Yoga, as I`ve heard so many great things about it 🙂

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      you should try it out and let me know what you think!

  13. Ebrian Fox | 8th Aug 17

    Nice idea! Count me in to this. I’ll rather start with vision board I guess then plan will just comes along.

    • stephaniewp | 8th Aug 17

      That sounds like a great idea! you should post your progress on twitter or insta using #scaleitsimple30days so I can see how you did! 🙂

  14. Reginald | 8th Aug 17

    It’s so important that we not only take care of our selves physically, but mentally. I’ll have to try some of these out to unwind!

    • stephaniewp | 9th Aug 17

      Great! I hope you find them beneficial 🙂

  15. Jill Fickling-Conyers | 9th Aug 17

    I adore my daily self care routine. Wonderful challenge.

  16. ZyraKuma | 9th Aug 17

    Definitely gonna try this challenge! Great post ^^

    • stephaniewp | 9th Aug 17

      I hope you do. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  17. Jason Panuelos | 9th Aug 17

    This is totally something I would like to do when I graduate. Such a cool little way to treat yourself to a better life! 😀

    • stephaniewp | 9th Aug 17

      It really is, and it is simple and fun to do these daily!

  18. chewoutloud | 10th Aug 17

    Daily strolls and occasional yoga really are great for me. I run a lot, which helps too. No matter your age or life stage…college student, career, work-at-home, mom, etc…. doing something on a regular basis for self care is so important. Taking in just 10 minutes of nature makes such a difference 🙂

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      It is so true! And everyone’s self-care list would look a little different depending on what they are doing in life, maybe I should make specific challenges at some point, like self-care challenges for students, moms, singles etc. That is a great idea. But either way, general self-care is so important!

  19. Summer Mitch Ryan | 10th Aug 17

    Great list. I was just thinking since
    I’ve been doing all the caring, they (my husband and kids) should be doing some of the things for me like cooking or baking, and most especially de-cluttering of the house. So I could do the rest in peace without having to worry of the house. ^_^

  20. tumandok | 10th Aug 17

    It is no easy to take this 30-day challenge for everyone has their own preference. For the working persons, they may have their own prerogatives in life. For working individuals at home especially nursing mothers, they have another things to do. This challenge would taken for granted. – Gil Camporazo

  21. Bhushavali | 12th Aug 17

    Great points. Indeed if we don’t love ourselves and spend time for self love, over time we’ll become an unpleasant person!!!

  22. franckxethee | 13th Aug 17

    This can really help you develop good habits. It’s a good start for a balance and healthy life.

  23. Fred | 13th Aug 17

    Great reminders to maintain our sanity in this busy world. #16 though is a tough task for us bloggers. Social media is integral to our life, isn’t it? How do you suggest we deal with this?

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      I know I found this one difficult to. I think it is even more important as bloggers to do this, however. I try to unplug at least one Sunday a month. It sounds hard but it helps me a lot to be refreshed and stop from getting overwhelemed. I would suggest trying to find a scheduling software like HootSuite and scheduling your social media posts that way you can take a guilt free day off from social media but still be somewhat in the loop.

  24. amindfultravellerblog | 13th Aug 17

    What a great challenge Stephanie. Something we all need to do more often. X

  25. seaangel4444 | 13th Aug 17

    Thank you soooo much for this brilliant list! I really needed to read this my dear! Cher xo

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      Awesome I am glad you like it. I hope you get a chance to try it out. Good luck 🙂

  26. Ken Knight | 13th Aug 17

    Get the printer ready, I’ma print this ready-made checklist. I think 60% of it, at least, I have not done. Haha

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      Awesome! That is a great idea to print it and check it off that way 🙂 Let me know what you think !

  27. Gabe Burkhardt | 13th Aug 17

    I don’t know if you created this list yourself, but if you did, its friggin brilliant! I found myself nodding along so vigorously that I think I might have strained my neck.

    I’m gonna take you up on the challenge. Although, I may be out of order, AND I may do the first step for a few weeks before moving on to the next, but this means I get extra credit right?

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Simply inspiring!

    • stephaniewp | 14th Aug 17

      Yes I created this list myself, I am glad you like it. Good luck with the challenge and take as much time as you like. I think I am going to try the full 30 days again for myself in the fall. You can use the hashtag #scaleitsimple30days if you like so I can see your progress if you post pics or you can just message me and let me know how you find it. 🙂 Good luck!

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  29. Elizabeth O | 31st Aug 17

    What a nice list. One of my self care is to do yoga and meditation. It’s a good start a balance and healthy lifestyle. Will check this out.

  30. stephrichmond | 1st Sep 17

    Great idea and there’s some great stuff to do in the list. I’m in 🙂

  31. Courtney | 28th Oct 17

    This is a fabulous list. My goal for next year is to do a different 30 day challenge each month. I will be starting off 2018 with yours. Ill be sure to follow you on Instagram and hashtag during your challenge.

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