As you might know, in the US May is the month of mental health. In these four weeks you take extra care of yourself and of course of your mental health. I think this is an amazing project because everyone from all over the world can participate. You can join a challenge or make your own, you can help others and it’s good for yourself.
The lovely Lauren’s notebook created her own mini mental health challenge and I really liked the idea so I participated as well!
This post is a wrap-up of the challenge. I will summarize what I did every day and how I implemented the tasks Lauren came up with.
Day 1: Allow yourself to be happy, and let go of any negativity. Celebrate this day.
I was mad because of something that happened at school on that day and my emotions filled up in me until I couldn’t take it anymore. When I came home I discussed my school day with my mom and I screamed a lot because I wanted to let my anger out. That ended up being very funny and my mom and I were both cry-laughing.
The whole negativity inside of me was gone and it felt good to laugh about the situation with my mom.
Day 2: Pamper yourself with a face mask.
Instead of a face mask I used a face scrub to get all of the gross stuff off of my face. For some reason, I feel much better when I have used a face scrub in the evening. I feel refreshed, clean and happy. Taking a shower is also very helpful!
Day 3: Have a cup of tea and enjoy the moment.
As I don’t like tea that much I drank a hot chocolate instead. I cuddled up on my sofa with a book and enjoyed the moment a lot. I love doing this because I feel very peaceful and it’s nice to just relax.
Day 4: Meditate and breathe.
Sometimes when I’m stressed out I will meditate. There are a lot of chill-out excercises for when you’re anxious and these help a lot too. You close your eyes, think of a place where you feel safe and relaxed and then you just take slow and deep breaths.
I loved doing this because afterwards I felt like I could solve all of my problems.
Day 5: Create a mantra, write it all over a page. Repeat it to yourself throughout the day.
I didn’t come up with my own mantra, but I repeated this quote in my head all day long:
“I can and I will.”
Day 6: Sit outside for a while and get some vitamin D.
I sat outside in the sun and wrote my thoughts down. This was so nice because the sun beamed, the air was so fresh and the nature beautiful. I need to do this more often!
Day 7: Go to bed early.
I went to bed at 9:30 pm and had eight hours of sleep. When I woke up the next day, I had so much energy and motivation! A good night’s sleep is so important!
Day 8: Clean up your environment — make the bed, do the dishes, clean surfaces.
I made my bed, folded up my laundry, rearranged the pillows on my couch… I actually really enjoy cleaning up my room because then everything is clean and neat and I feel more organized immediately.
Day 9: Color something, whether it’s a mandala or a coloring book. Turn off your brain for a little while.
I own a Johanna Basford colouring book and I absolutely love colouring her designs! She is such a talented artist! It takes a long time till you can actually finish one of her mandalas, but the final result looks great! I love doing this whilst listening to an audio book.
Day 10: Take a walk.
I love going on walks! I listen to music that I love, I think about deep things in life and just enjoy the nature. I go on walks quite often, at least once or twice a week. Sometimes I will go outside if I’m bored, I am stressed out or I just want to spend time alone.
Day 11: Spend some extra time journaling.
I have three journals that I’m using at the moment.
Two of them are Q&A books where you answer a question every day. I love these because you have to think about a different topic every day and it’s fun to answer questions. I own this one by PotterStyle and this one by Kikki.K.
I love using a thankful journal and I have written a post on mine here.
I spend about 15 minutes a day answering the questions and writing down the things I’m grateful for. This is a time where I reflect on my day and where I’m calm.
Day 12: Make a gratitude log in your journal and fill it in whenever you feel grateful.
I used my thankful journal!
Day 13: Do a yoga workout.
Instead of a yoga workout, I went for a run. I felt like I ran away from my problems.
I really want to try yoga sometime! I think it’s very relaxing and fun.
Day 14: Write down three good things about today.
1. I slept in till 10 am
2. I bought myself the Zoella Beauty “Sweet Inspirations” body spray which smells so good!
3. I redecorated my room and I’m super happy with how it turned out!
All in all I loved doing this challenge! Taking care of your mental health is super important and it’s great to do small things that can really change your mood.
I realized that these tasks are so simple, yet so easy to master! These are habits we should create and include into every single day of our lives.