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7 Day Self-Care for Great Health Challenge

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Join the Free 7-Day Self-Care for Great Health Email Challenge starting Sunday, March 13.  Join today.

Self-care is something we know we all need to do, so why does it end up at the bottom of our to-do lists?

On the day after Valentine’s Day I encourage everyone to practice self-love by doing self-care.  I received feedback that self-care was so important, but it was so hard to take time to do.  There are just too many responsibilities in our daily lives.

With that feedback I decided to write about self-care for optimal health.  Self-care is taking time for you to nurture your body, mind , emotions and soul in some way that refreshes, restores and inspires you. It can be an activity or an inactivity. It can be some thing you do once or on a regular basis.  It can take just a few seconds or hours. It can be a spur of the moment thing or a regular habit.

Whatever you decide is self-care to you, you need to then prioritize it in your daily life.  Now you may be thinking that you will get around to it when you have time. But let me tell you, if you don’t create a practice of doing little things for yourself on a regular basis, you will not do self-care when you have ‘time’.

You need to create a habit of taking a few minutes a day to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.  By recharging your batteries, you will have more energy and a better attitude about serving others in your life.

How do you create a practice of self-care?  Where do you start?

While you are waiting for the self-care challenge to being, try taking two minutes. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes.  Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose.  Hold it for a few counts and exhale loudly through your mouth.  Do this about 5 times.  How do you feel?  Little things can make a difference.  If you tried it, comment below with what changes you noticed.

I invite you to take the 7-Day Self-Care for Great Health Challenge starting next Sunday.  It is free to join.  You will receive a short email daily to encourage you to try a short self-care activity. Taking part of a challenge is a fantastic way to start a new habit.  Trying each activity will help you determine what you enjoy doing, and what is refreshing to you.  It will help you start to think in terms of what can I do today to help me look, feel and be fabulous for great health.

It is an easy challenge.  Won’t you join me?

Click here to join today.  


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  1. I’m coming off 5 days of suffering from a stomach virus and mentally preparing to go to work and get back to reality; taking the breats and closing my eyes definitely helped relax me!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meloday, thanks for stopping by. If we were in person I would give you a hug. Congrats on being a depression survivor. You must be doing something to care for yourself. Will love having you join.

  2. Tori Gabriel says:

    This sounds really interesting and I will be following along but I don’t think I’ll have much chance of doing them. Just the two minute wind down where you focus on your breathing is difficult with two under twos. If I close my eyes for two minutes the toddler will be spreading Sudocrem on the cat! I joke (a little) and am looking forward to your challenges.

    • Karen says:

      I remember those days of young ones, can’t even go to the bathroom by yourself, but that means you need it all the more. Hope you can have someone watch them for just a few minutes. Nothing, hard, just paying attention to you.

  3. Lawrence says:

    Those little five minute breaks or whatever you can get can change your whole outlook on life. I could never find the time initially, but I have started playing Basketball again. Recently.That is my me time.

    • Karen says:

      You are so correct, mini breaks are terrific. Congrats on starting BBall again. It not only can help you mentally but physically as well.

  4. Ratisha Goyal says:

    Me Time is the best gift that one can give to oneself, moments of rendezvous with the long forgotten self and telling self how much you love her/him. It surely has miraculous ramifications in rejuvenating self.

  5. You are absolutely right – self care is extremely important! Years ago I realized that when I take better care of myself, I end up being a better version of myself and thus a better daughter, sister, friend, employee and so much more. I have now turned self-care into a daily routine and I spend at least an hour a day doing whatever it is that would make me happy. I hope lots of people join you!

  6. Great idea, Karen. I am signing up today. =) Deep breathing always help me. It helps me refocus on the task at hand. Also, letting sunlight into my office helps me get more motivated as well. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Self care is just vital, Karen! I often have to remind myself of it, and in truth, this took me a looong time to understand and then begin doing. In fact, when I first accepted how important taking care of me was, I had to literally sit down and figure out how to do it. But you start this so perfectly: “to create a habit of taking a few minutes a day to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.”
    Thank you for this.

  8. WE all seem to need frequent reminders for self-care. A while ago I included it in a blog and then put into action my own self-care rituals. Glad to say I am committed to my 15 minutes a day and have added a challenge of a weekly book read. All going great.

  9. Beth Niebuhr says:

    Self care is so important. I don’t understand people who just work and work without taking care. I love to do something fun between tasks. Reading is my usual activity but I also like to move around, take a walk, listen to a favorite music selection or just go outside for awhile. Your challenge sounds inviting.

    • Karen says:

      I am so glad you take care of your self with those little things. I think most people have good intentions to take care of themselves, but then think, I have so much to get done, I can stop tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes.

  10. Self-care doesn’t even make most women’s list at all! I agree that if you don’t make it a priority, it won’t happen. And then, when we get stressed out and sick, we always blame it on something else. This is a brilliant idea. Hope you get tons of takers!

  11. Teresa Salhi says:

    Great idea! I was even thinking of hosting one of these for women that covered some self caring feminine rituals… I know what you are offering is valuable and needed!

  12. Hi Karen 🙂
    What an awesome post! Self-care is so important 🙂 We need to really take care of us, because no one else will. It starts with being aware of how important that is, especially on a daily basis 🙂

    Thanks for the great tips!!

  13. Joyce Hansen says:

    I’m a big self-care proponent, and I think this an excellent idea. My motto has always been if you don’t take care of yourself first, you are not in the best place to be able to help the ones you love.

  14. Having had major health issues for much of my life, I have learned the necessity of taking care of myself, Karen. My weekly rhythm includes acupuncture and a rhythmic massage, plus I do schedule daily walks to enjoy being out in the world, enjoying the sky and clouds above me. I also love movies and make sure to indulge in those at times too. Of course the ultimate in self-care is the choices we make with our food and how we feed all parts of our being with anti-inflammatory life style choices, including nutritional supplements to feed our cells. In our modern-day stress-filled world, it seems that we put ourselves second when in fact we deserve to always come first!

  15. Rachel Lavern says:

    I love challenges and I almost signed up for this one. Problem is, I just don’t have the time. I told myself that this one would be a cinch since I already practice self care all of the time. My family calls it self-indulgence 🙂

    Have fun with the challenge!

    Rachel recently wrote Are You a Course Junkie?

    • Karen says:

      I understand. I am a course junkie. You are still welcome to join. It is free and you can do what you have time for or just get ideas. Thanks so much.

  16. Staci Witten says:

    Me time is so important…but unfortunately, it is what is most neglected. Love the idea of making it a daily habit. Taking care of ourselves will contribute to the success of reaching our goals, as well as help us take care of others. Thank you for a great post and reminder!

  17. Joan Potter says:

    I recently read an article for nurses about taking 1-2 minute breaks. Turns out, if a nurse feels completely overwhelmed & feels like she just doesn’t have a single second for herself, and then she goes ahead & sits quietly for 1-2 minutes, medical errors go way down. I think it kind of goes into that “just unplug it and then turn it back on” theory. It seems to work for humans, too!

    • Karen says:

      Love that. I really believe that is true for nurses or any of us who are feeling overwhelmed and no time for ourselves. It was why I would take a few minutes in the bathroom to get 2 or 3 minutes to myself, to refocus and handle the crazinesses of small kids.

    • Karen says:

      We all need to be encouraged to take care of ourselves. Part of why I am doing the self care challenge is to make sure I am doing it too. 🙂

  18. Sometimes stopping and taking a few deep breaths is essential for me to make it through the day. We all know self-care is important, now it’s time to actually take action!! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for linking up with us! #TakeTime

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