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Welcome to Day 21 of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge.

And before we dive into Day 21 of the challenge, the Day 20 challenged prompt was: Watch a TEDtalk and drink a glass of water.

As we talked about in the previous episode, learning doesn’t always have to come from books or dedicated studying.

One of the positives of technology is that we have access to knowledge and learning from those who have dedicated their lifetimes to a certain subject matter, as long as it’s possible for us to connect online.

TEDtalks is only one entity that provides a lot of educational content, but as I’m sure you already know, YouTube could be a wealth of all kinds of subject matters.

And unlike the traditional classroom model, there are so many creative people with knowledge who teaches while also entertaining.

My husband’s been diving pretty deep into the history of Tolkien and middle earth, and I’ve been learning a lot about cooking.

If you’ve been thinking about learning something during this time maybe it can be made a bit easier by finding a content creator who’s focused on your area of interest, and you might be able to start learning that way.

Once the ball gets rolling, you might find that you’ve found some motivation to continue learning in other ways.

And as for drinking water system, majority of us are made up of water. It’s a crucial nutrient.

And since over 80% of our brain is water, if we’re not properly hydrated, it means that we may not be functioning optimally from a cognitive basis, but it can also impact our mood too.

Also, as a reminder that drinking coffee is dehydrating, which of course, means that it’s not hydrating.

If you’re a regular drinker of caffeinated beverages, please be sure to drink enough water to keep hydrated.

What are some areas of interest you have wanted to learn about? Please reach out and let me know.

Now we come to Day 21 of the Self Care Challenge, and the prompt for today is: Take breaks from social media to support your mental health.

If you’ve been looking into self care during this time, one of the first and very helpful recommendations this’ll have at your time on social media and well, especially when there’s a level of uncertainty and a lot of news available to be consumed.

It’s easier than ever to turn to social media to see what’s new and what’s going on.

Limiting social media to get away from the never ending stream of information, especially during this time, is definitely something to consider as a self care practice, to take care of our mental health.

But another reason to take breaks from social media, and to a large extent, this has been true since the advent of social media itself, is that the information available and how many of us are feeling at any given time can have an impact on our emotional and mental health.

We may easily find that we compare ourselves to the what seems like the experiences or accomplishments of others and that this can be particularly challenging.

Now, as many of us struggle with this idea of what we “should” be doing with our time right now.

Remember, each of us are dealing with our own individual experiences of coping with this time and just like it’s often quoted, “Comparisons are the thief of joy.”

And for some of us who may be more vulnerable, and again, especially at this time of experiencing increased stress, it can also rob us of confidence and our self esteem.

There are plenty of people who are sharing their accomplishments, productivity and the state, of their lives right now.

But we all have individual circumstances. And just because there may be others who appear to be doing things you feel you should be doing, it doesn’t mean that your experience would be and are the same as theirs.

And it’s also possible that what many people present in specific ways on social media are also usually not as perfect as it may be portrayed.

It’s like comparing our daily individual experience to people in movies or TV or social media influencers, who have a crew of people helping them look the way they do.

Real life is not nearly as perfect.

Comparisons are a tough game to begin with, but if you do find that you’re comparing yourself to others, try to be objective as possible and really understand or try to understand what you’re comparing yourself to.

But if at all possible, avoid the comparison game. I know it’s easier said than done, but if this is something you can get a good handle on, it can save you a lot of internal turmoil.

Thank you for participating in these challenges and please stay tuned for day 22 of the self care challenge.

Just as a reminder: If you would like extra support to guide you through this Self Care Challenge, there is a free Caresheet download available that’s a companion to these audio episodes. 

So I hope you join me in this Challenging Times Self Care Challenge because we’re all in this together and this might just be one small way for us to get through it together, too.

Please share how you’re doing in general, but also how you’re doing with the challenges themselves.  You can reach on Twitter or email me at mio@lifestuff101.com or Instagram, too. I’d love to share what you’re doing and even suggestions for a future challenge on future episodes.

Stay safe and in good health!

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● Mio Yokoi: Registered Psychotherapist | Gifts of Sensitivity

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