This month, the challenge is all about loving yourself. That means focusing on yourself and working on doing things that promote self-love and help you see yourself in a more loving way. We all struggle with self doubt and low self-confidence sometimes (some more than others) and it’s important that we learn to love and respect ourselves. So this January, join us in a month-long challenge where we work on the love for our own selves.
What You Can Do to Love Yourself
Compliment yourself. Every day you look in the mirror, take a moment to smile at yourself out loud. Even if you feel like it’s a lie at the time, studies show that the more you say it out loud the more your brain remembers and believes it as truth!
Practice your passion. There’s something you love doing and/or are good at but don’t get enough time for it. This month, schedule a little extra time for that thing (whether it’s reading, making art, dancing, etc.) and make sure you get to work on your passion.
Pamper yourself. Take some time this month for a pedicure, spa day, massage, etc.
Stop comparing yourself to others. We all do it, and it’s never good for us. If you catch yourself slipping into a comparison make a mental note to stop and remember that everyone is different, and differences are beautiful! This is a good time to compliment yourself on something too!
Reward yourself for your accomplishments. Did you get 100% on a test? Did you reach a goal you’d set or finish a big project? Reward yourself and celebrate!
Take a little extra time on your appearance. When you feel pretty, your day goes a whole lot more smoothly. So add a coat of mascara or lip gloss even when just running to the store, or put together a new outfit you feel pretty in and wear it out, anything that makes you feel a little extra pretty this month. Hey, even if it’s just around the house and you want to wear your cute underwear no one can see, you’ll feel great!
Start a Self-Love journal. It can be a nice journal or a notebook, but take a little time each day to write down things you love about yourself, and use it as a great place to work through any issues you may have that need writing out.
Take your daily vitamins. I’m bad at this, but they’re good for you so I’m going to work on it!
Exercise. Studies show that this actually helps fight depression and anxiety by raising serotonin levels. Plus, you’ll feel great and accomplished for doing it.
Let go of the past and focus on the future. The past is the past and you can’t change it now, take some time (maybe in your journal or on your blog) to think about the things you’re still carrying around with you, and then let them go. Instead, focus on where you want to be in the future, and how you want your life to feel right now.
Give yourself a pep talk and believe in yourself. Have a little faith. Going for a big promotion? Want to start something new? Psych yourself up with a pep talk and tell yourself that you have total confidence in yourself. Just telling yourself you believe will help you believe.
Laugh at yourself. We all make mistakes. We all do silly things like put our clothes on backwards or break dishes-it happens. When you feel yourself getting upset take a moment to laugh at yourself. Laughter eases tension and helps us not take ourselves so seriously.
Be less judgmental of others. Mirrors are a powerful thing, so when you’re judging someone else it’s likely because it’s something you don’t like about yourself. When you catch yourself starting to be judgmental of someone, take a moment to stop and think about how that judgement applies to yourself, and then decide how important it is. If it’s something silly, try and love that flaw; if it’s something you can’t stand, think about how you can work on it instead.
Stop being a people pleaser. Yes, doing nice things for other people are great, but not to the point where it’s harming your sense of self or well-being. Learn to say “no” when you need to in order to keep your own sanity. A healthier you provides healthier relationships, even if you’re not bending to someone’s every whim.
Great right? Now how can you participate and link up with us? Here are some ideas!
Selfie Sunday: Every Sunday take a selfie and post it on Instagram. Hashtag it with #SelfieSunday and #12X30Challenge so we can check it out! You can link up that instagram post with out linky, or you can post it to your blog and link that up. Ignore the haters that say selfies are vane, selfies promote self-love! Make sure to write some things you love about yourself in the caption for extra love.
Tweet/Facebook It: Each day tweet or facebook something you love about yourself and use the #12X30Challenge hashtag in your post! At the end of the month, write a blog post with all of the tweets/posts in it and link up with us!
Blog About It: Throughout this month blog about loving yourself! We have some blogging prompts down below-so make sure to check them out for inspiration and then link up your blog posts (please include the 12X30 Challenge button of the month) with us!
Blogging Prompts for the Love Yourself Challenge
Want some inspiration? Here are some great blogging prompts for the month. If you do them, make sure to include the button and link up with us in the linky at the bottom of this post.
What I Love About Myself. Write a blog post listing 30 things you love about yourself.
Dear Teenage Me. Write a letter to your teenage self and tell them all the things you wish you’d known back then, and all the things you love about your life now.
Dear Future Me. Write a letter to yourself in ten years, tell them all the things you hope they remember, and what you hope for yourself at that time.
The Happiest Photos. Photos are great ways to remember the good times, share the top 10 photos in your albums that make you happiest when you look at them, and tell us about each one!
2015 Word of the Year. Pick a 2015 word of the year, and tell us all about why you chose it.
The Ones Who Love Me Like I Should Love Me. Make a list of the people in your life who truly support and love you, and share your gratitude with them! Chances are, these are the people who love you the way you should love you, talk about how they do and how you can learn to love yourself in the ways they love you.
My Myers/Briggs Persona. Take the Myers/Briggs Personality test to see what kind of personality you have, and then share the results and talk about how you think it’s accurate or inaccurate!
If My Body Could Talk. Take a moment and listen to your body, then write a post about what your body would tell you if it could talk. Think about that response, are you being nice to it? If not, what can you change to be better?
My Love Language. Take the Love Language Profile Test and find out what your love language is. Share it, and write about the accuracy/inaccuracy and how the people in your life interact with you and how it affects your love language. Also, write about how you express your love through that language and how those around you react. Maybe have some of your nearest and dearest take the test and weigh in as well!
My Favorite Place. Where do you go to feel happy? Take us on a tour and tell us about it!
The Words I Need To Hear. Write the words you need to hear, no matter what they are.
I’m Inspired By… Write down all the things you’re most inspired by. Whether it’s books, movies, quotes, people, current events, etc.
Myself in 10 Words. Using only 10 words (no more or no less) describe yourself. Then react to that statement.