Challenges

Weekly Self Check Up

All right, Venturers, for this weeks challenge I did a mental check-in every day. I try to take my mental health very seriously. I have a bunch of self care things that I try to keep up with doing. Keeping track of my mood and recognizing the reasons I feel things is one of the number one things that I want to make apart of my daily routine.

So, this week I used an app called Youper. It’s an AI that asks you how you’re feeling, why you’re feeling that way, and then you can dive into why you’re feeling that way, or do some other tasks. My goal this week, was to note my mood, state what was contributing to my mood, and then follow any suggestions from the AI. In general, this was just notating the specifics of why I was feeling a certain way, kind of like a diary.

I’m proud to say that I was able to check-in with myself every single day. It’s actually really easy to find the time to notate how I was feeling every day. If Little P is fussing, I could still hold and comfort her while inputting how I was feeling.

On top of how easy it was, it was nice being able to get stuff off of my chest. Sometimes I don’t like complaining about things because it’s small and I know how small it is, but I still like being able to just complain about it. I got to write out how I was feeling and then move on.

I don’t necessarily feel any better, but it’s nice learning my triggers. I feel more in tune with myself now than I ever had in my life. Now, I wish I could just do this in a journal. I really like physically writing out how I’m doing and what happened that day, but for some reason I can’t keep up with it like that. There’s something about it being in app form that helps me keep up with it.

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Challenges

Weekly Meditation

All right Venturers, this past week I did a daily meditation challenge! My goal was to do at least five minutes a day. I am proud to say that I did at least ten minutes every day! I never had a specific time that I did the meditations. Some days it was late, others early, and once I even did it smack dab in the middle of the day. So, after a week of meditation lets take a look at how it affected me.

I’d like to be able to say that I’m a completely changed person now and that it changed my life. A week of ten minute meditations isn’t enough for that kind of change though. I can however say that I do feel like I am a more positive and thoughtful person.

For the week, I used an app called buddhify. I absolutely love it. It’s free to use (there is a membership if you want to upgrade). I usually get my meditations via the internet after a simple Youtube search. I always had trouble with that though. I’m very particular about the people’s voices.

I’m hoping to keep up with meditating. It’s a nice bit of time when I can just calm down and focus on myself. I was able to take a step back, look at my day and how I was feeling, and then just let it all be. If I was mad or upset, then that was okay. If I was happy, that was okay. Things were going to come up that upset me and that’s okay.

I think meditation is something that everyone should give a try. I don’t think I did anything formal, so I don’t have any sort of science to back my feelings up. I do however think that it can be a good way to delve into ourselves and learn why tings make us feel the way we feel and to overcome some of our pettier emotions.

Let me know what you guys think!
Are you in meditation or do you not believe the hype around it?
As always, see you next time and thanks for visiting!

Challenges

Hydration Station

So, last week I wanted to set a challenge for myself. It’s something I think I want to do for the remainder of the year. I want to do something for a whole week and then from there hopefully I’ll continue it or discover that thing isn’t really for me.

This past week I challenged myself to drink the proper amount of water every day or at least a much higher amount than I was currently drinking. I set a goal for myself to drink at least 60 oz of water every day, but I was hoping to get to 80 oz.

I was actually very successful! I do think it is because I gave myself a range. 80 oz of water when I was really only drinking about 40 oz to begin with was a big jump. Getting an additional 20 oz in a day was tough, but doable.

The first thing I noticed was my lips were no longer chapped or peeling. Go figure, one of my least favorite things could be so easily solved by drinking enough water. It’s not like I didn’t know either. Obviously, you hear about the benefits of drinking water, but I think doing it makes you realize how good it does your body.

I also felt more calm and was less prone to headaches. Hear me out on this next one, I was less thirsty. I know it sounds dumb, it is a little dumb. You know when you get a soda or even a sports drink how you can still feel like you need to drink? Well, once again, surprise, surprise, drink some water and your mouth feels less dry and you don’t feel as thirsty. Wild what water does.

The only real annoying thing with this water drinking challenge was the amount of times I had to go to the bathroom. I was going constantly. There were a couple of times where I thought I was pregnant because I was going so much. I’m not, I was just hydrated. I’m hoping if I keep drinking this way that my body will stop needing to go to the bathroom as much, but I’m not sure. Either way, I can handle going to the bathroom a little bit more if it means I keep feeling this great.

If you are looking to make a positive change in your life, I honestly suggest with starting on drinking enough water daily. It makes a world of difference. In my experience it was pretty much immediately. The next day I honestly felt so much better. My lips have felt so smooth and looked much nicer! I’m so excited about that. Please, do yourself a favor, get a reusable water bottle and drink that water!

Stay Tuned

My next challenge for myself is daily meditation! It’s something I’ve been really interested in and I want to see if I can fit it into my daily schedule. I’m hoping I can take at least five minutes a day to set aside for myself. My husband is out of town for the month, so I’m the only one with our 6 month old. A little bit of an extra challenge on scheduling our meditation. Tune in next week for that.

Until then, let me know what you think!
What challenges would you like to see in the future ?