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Self Love Challenge

 

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Self Love Challenge

This challenge will not only improve your own happiness and mindset, it will help you to improve your relationships with others.

As you fill yourself with love, it will spill out and be shared with those around you.

So for each day of the challenge, I list a self-care tactic that I want you to do. Taking part in this challenge will ensure you don’t forget about those daily personal needs. Let’s get started!

Day 1

On the first day of this challenge, I want you to take a nice, long Epsom salt bath to enhance detoxification and provide your body with the magnesium and sulfur it needs.

To make an Epsom salt bath: add 1 cup of Epsom salts*, ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup sea salt, 1 teaspoon dried ginger and ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar (optional) to a warm bath and soak for 15-20 minutes somewhere quiet.

You can also further enhance detoxification by adding essential oils to your bath such as lavender and frankincense. You can also light a candle, read a book or listen to relaxing music.

When you’re done bathing, rub coconut oil on your body to hydrate your skin.

*Find epsom salt baths already infused with essential oils at Eden Green Egypt here.

Day 2

On the second day, you’ll be indulging in a delicious guilt-free treat. My favorite is a delicious chocolate avocado pudding.

Blend 1 avocado; 1 cup of almond or coconut milk; 1 TBS dark cooking cocoa and 1 TBS raw honey in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate until cold and then enjoy topped with shredded unsweetened coconut and fruit.

Make sure that when you’re indulging, you are completely mindful of the experience. It’s easy to grab a treat then get lost in other thoughts. By doing this, you’re mindlessly eating and not actually enjoying the gift you just gave yourself.

Day 3

On the third day of the challenge, your  self-love task is to enjoy a great print book for at least an hour! Reading is a great stress reliever. You can choose to re-read an old favorite or you can kick this up a notch and go to the bookstore by yourself to pick out a new book (one of my favorite things to do).

For this task, do not read an eBook. I want you to read a print book. Reading a book on an eReader is fine some days, but to gain all the benefits from this experience I want you to read a traditional book that comes with no distractions.

Take at least an hour to get lost in your book. Don’t think about work or kids or anything except for your story. Enjoy the smell of the paper and savor the texture of the cover. Feel the pages underneath your fingertips.

Day 4

On day 4, you’re going to break loose, bust a move and work that stress out of your body. Not only does dancing burn calories and aid digestion, it also amplifies endorphin production. Make a 30 minute playlist of your favorite songs and dance mindlessly.

Day 5

Day 5 is all about enjoying a walk outdoors and getting some air.

I want you to pick a destination (or don’t, that makes it even better), and take a  stroll through the outdoors. The location doesn’t matter, but being mindful of the experience does. Breathe in and breathe out everything that is bothering you.

You’ll gain the benefits of exercise with this self-love tactic. And if it’s sunny, you’ll also get vitamin D, which is shown to reduce cancer, contribute to strong bones and boost immunity.

Day 6

On day 6, you’ll focus on being thankful for the great things and people in your life. It’s so easy to lose sight of what you’re thankful for as you go through life, but recognizing the good things will boost your mental health and reframe your outlook on life.

Take some time to write down five things you’re grateful for, as well as at least one person you’re grateful for. Be sure to take some time to tell that person how much they mean to you.

Day 7

Do you often find it hard to find qualities about yourself that you like? Do you stare in the mirror during five different outfit changes, never quite happy with the reflection you see in the mirror? Do you wonder why you’re not more like your girlfriends, or more energetic like the other moms?

If this sounds like you, day 7 will be wonderful for you. I want you to write a love letter to yourself and discover all of the wonderful things about yourself that you might not always recognize.

Pretend you’re staring at yourself from afar. What qualities do you see in that woman that you admire? Is she a wonderful mother? Does she accomplish any goal she sets? Is she involved in charitable organizations? Does she spend her life helping people? Does she have wonderful, thick hair? Great legs?

Write down everything that you love about yourself and make a promise to yourself to notice these things more often. This will go a long way with confidence and emotional wellbeing.

When you’re finished with the challenge, let me know what you discovered about yourself!

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Dana Dinnawi

Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.

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