I can’t believe this is the last set of self-care challenges for the year. I started these around mid or the end of October and I’ve been consistent with them every week. I mentioned in a previous post that I try my best to make them convenient, quick, and diverse. I try to make a conscious effort not to do many repeats because I don’t want these post to get predictable. I actually had a completely different set of challenges ready for this week, but I decided that since we have a few days left in the year, I wanted to center this week’s challenges around closing the year on a high note. The goal is to have you end the year feeling accomplished and more or less ready to conquer the new year.
I believe ending the year on a high note will encourage us to start the upcoming year feeling empowered. And hopefully this week’s challenge will motivate you to make changes or adopt the habits from this week’s challenge, and bring them into the new year. I made sure to choose challenges that seemed appropriate for closing out the year. The challenges will provide some kind of closure for the current year, and will act as a form of check-in to see where you are, and will hopefully help you work on where you want to be in 2021. I want to encourage us all to think about the kind of goals we want to accomplish as we go through each of these challenges. Think of these as a foundation for the new year, not just a set of your typical self-care challenges.
Sunday–REFLECTIVE JOURNALING (emotional self-care): For today’s challenge, I want us to set aside a good amount of time and reflect on what this year was like for us. Don’t leave anything out, which means you need to make sure you include the bad and the good. Write down what lessons you’ve learned and what each experience was like for you. What would you do different if anything? If you had to improvise on anything this year, write about what that experience was like.
Monday–RE-VISIT YOUR GOALS (emotional self-care): Or your 2020 new year resolutions. I listened to a podcast a few years ago that said we should do a mid year goals check-in to make that we’re staying on track with our yearly goals. Unless you’re using that system or something better, I’m going to assume that you’ve not been staying on track with the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Also, in this blog post, one of the self-care challenge was to set a goal that you can complete by the end of 2020. This is the time to check in to see whether you’re on track with that goal (I accomplished the goal I set last week). If you’ve been slacking on your 2020 goals, this is your last chance to do a final analysis. Even if you’re not able to complete all your 2020 goals in the next few days, go through your list to see which one(s) you can accomplish. If all of them are impossible, set a small achievable goal and work on that before the year ends.
Tuesday–AFFIRMATION ACTIVITY (emotional self-care): This is a new idea for me. I want us to do an affirmation activity, as a way to close out the year. Affirmations are a string of positive words we can use to manifest positivity in our lives. In fact, I wrote a blog post about making our affirmations work for us in 2021. For this activity, I want us to write down 3-5 positive affirmations for 2020. Write down each of the affirmations you chose three times. Writing them down repeatedly will hopefully help embed them in your mind and will get you to focus on what the affirmations really mean. Considering how unusual this year has been, I think it would be good for us to find some good in it, and try to manifest some positivity to close out the year. If you’re interested, I’ve created a free printable to help us work on this project.
Wednesday–FINISH THE YEAR STRONG PODCAST(emotional self-care) This is an old podcast but I think it’s timeless and can apply to any year. She gives a few tips on what we can do to finish the year strong. By the time you start working on this challenge, you will literally only have two days left in the year so I honestly can’t say how effective it will be but I can’t imagine that you won’t walk away with a few gems.
Thursday–WORKOUT (physical self-care): I had to include a workout. If you’re already consistent with working out then this may not have much of an affect on you. However, if you’re consistently off and on with staying physically active, then I feel like getting a workout in by the end of the year will make us feel good about ourselves. And will hopefully encourage us to bring this new habit into the new year.
Friday–GIVE BACK (emotional self-care): I think helping others, helps us feel good about ourselves. Donate to your favorite charity, and if you’ve never donated before, then pick one. Even if you can only donate a little bit, it will help you feel good knowing you did something good for someone else. This doesn’t have to be a charitable donation. Maybe someone you know is in need of help (it doesn’t have to be monetary), using your time to help others is also a form of donation.
Saturday—SET A GOAL FOR JANUARY (emotional self-care): You may already have goals set for the new year but if that’s not your thing, set one goal that you want to accomplish in the month of January. I believe accomplishing goals is good for us, not only does it give us a sense of accomplishment, but it makes us feel really good about ourselves. I also think accomplishing goals motivates us to set and accomplish more goals in the future.
Creating these challenges over the past several months has personally shifted my mindset to the importance of taking time out for self-care. I participate in all the challenges but even if I didn’t, each day I say to myself, “what did I do today for me?” That’s a question we should all be asking ourselves and hopefully the question is followed up by some form of self-care action. In fact, I want you to take that question with you into 2021. “What did I do for myself today?”
There’s still time. If you haven’t signed up already. On January 3rd, I will be launching my weekly Newsletter, in addition to my Self-care Accountability Worksheets. The worksheets will act as a supplement to my daily self-care challenges. The purpose is to help you stay on track with your daily self-care routines. If you’re interested in receiving these items weekly, email me at email@example.com. The self-care worksheets are FREE but will only be available to my Newsletter subscribers. I will NOT spam you, I will only email once per week.