Self Care Challenge: Day 5
Welcome to Day 5 of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge.
Before we get into Day Five, the Day Four Challenge was to answer the question: What are three acts of kindness you can do today?
During times like this, we might find that we’re thinking about ourselves and our situations a lot more.
And while that’s totally understandable, it can also lead to some cyclical thinking, which might also turn into increase worrying or heightened stress.
However, thinking about kindness, or even better yet, actively performing acts of kindness towards ourselves and others, can shift our minds and feelings away from other kinds of thoughts and feelings.
Kindness and compassion are intricately linked.
And when we can tap into our sense of kindness and compassion, there’s just more room and openness in our minds or internal experience.
In other words, when there’s more space for other kinds of thoughts and feelings, it can create the possibility of perhaps creativity and maybe outside the box thinking or even hope.
Fear, critical thinking and judgment all have their place, but to be thinking and feeling in those ways more than not can have a difficult impact on our mental health.
So if you notice that you’ve been in a more critical or fear-based way of thinking, you might try going back to the prompt for day four: What are three acts of kindness you can do today?
What acts of kindness did you engage in? Please leave a comment down below and let me know!
Day 5: Things that Bring You Joy
The Day Five Self Care prompt is: Create a list of media…. Music, videos, podcasts, episodes, shows, books, whatever it might be that brings you joy.
Some of us are familiar with Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and one of the key things she discusses is the idea of what sparks joy when it comes to our belongings.
Same kind of idea here, but it isn’t about tidying up today.
Start a list. It can be a traditional list, like a written one.
Or maybe it’s a doodled list or an illustrated one.
However you like to express yourself and get down all the things that has sparked joy in you.
Part of what we’re doing together here is putting together resources or a set of tools that can be ready for us whenever we might need it.
So this list, along with the list of things we put together for Day Two of the challenge, can be our ‘go to’ when we’re looking for a pick-me-up or something to do that we already feel some connection to.
The Self Care prompt for today is: Create a list of your favorite media.
Include them all: TV shows, memes, viral videos, certain content creators, specific subject matters, comedy skits, certain standup comics, all the media stuff that brings you joy.
Again, the idea is to include things on this list that bring you joy or even a smile to your face.
I recently found a new one for myself the other day, my husband and I ended up watching a video compilation of live newscast bloopers, and we actually found it pretty hilarious.
And just like it does for pretty much the entire internet: Cat videos also always brings me joy.
Day Five of the Self Care Challenge is: Put together a list of media that brings you joy.
Thank you for participating in these challenges and please stay tuned for Day Six of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!