Hello and welcome to my blog! Yesterday I finished a 21 day happiness challenge and I’m telling you, I’m loving these challenges! They are really helping me with my self esteem and they are a creative way of self care for me.
Listen to your favorite song. I listened to “All night by R5”
A little bit of love will change your lifeAll night by R5
She said I’m outta my head, I’m going outta my mind
And when I’m out on the edge will you save me, save me
Can we live for the moment, can you live for tonight
Can we forget what was broken and say say say we’ll be
‘Cause even if we change we’ll always be the same
I promise if you stay we’ll never fade away
Spend less time on your phone.
I was doing the social media detox simultaneously so this wasn’t so hard.
I was really struggling to motivate myself that day and this was the motivation I needed.
Cook the dinner.
In Lebanon, lunch is dinner and dinner is lunch, so I made a peanut butter and chocolate spread sandwich.
Hug someone you love.
This was harder than you’d think. I’m a hugger, but hello! We’re in the middle of a pandemic. I’m not seeing any friends and I’m not hugging any of my family, except for my husband and son who live with me. My husband was in a “don’t hug me” mood so I only got to hug my son.
Watch a funny movie.
I did this on day 7 because day 6 my son was attached to my hip and the movie I wanted to watch was on my laptop and the speakers are ruined on my laptop so I had to use my earphones and it’s not good for kids to use earphones (so I’ve heard).
Call a friend.
Done on day 14. I called a friend of mine who lives abroad and we talked for 2 hours! We hadn’t talked in 2 months!
Dance like nobody’s watching.
I did this on day 9 because on day 8 I wasn’t able to. I danced to Boom Boom by Justice crew
Go out into nature and be an explorer for a day.
I live in the city and the only park in my area is closed due to COVID-19, but on day 18, I took a walk with my son and looked at spring flowers.
Buy a gift for someone you love.
I didn’t leave the house that day so I couldn’t do it, but I came back to it on day 21. I bought a toothbrush for my husband. I know that sounds like nothing, but gifts don’t have to be grand gestures. I saw he needed a new tooth brush and surprised him with it when he was out. I knew he would go ages with the old toothbrush if I didn’t.
I hadn’t done yoga in a while, but I did it that day. It felt good. I should do yoga more often.
Go to bed and wake up early.
I went to bed at 10:30pm the night before (as opposed to my usual midnight sleeping) and I woke up at 8am (instead of 9am).
Read something inspiring.
I read from chapter 4 of The 7 habits of highly effective people and also from What are you optimistic about about how technology is bringing people together through blogs.
Meditate for 10 min.
Done. I’ve been meditating 3 times a week all month this month. Try Serenity app for free guided meditations.
Plan a future vacation.
Does dreaming about going to Turkey and booking an airbnb count?
Try a new recipe or cook your favorite meal.
I cooked one of my favorite meals, okra, on day 17.
Watch the sunset.
I did this on day 18. It was windy and foggy and the sun was barely visible but I saw it. I also watch the sunset often but this was a good reminder as I don’t do it everyday.
Connect with an old friend.
I didnt know who to talk to. Several university friends came to mind. I picked one of them and texted her. She texted back. It was nice.
Tell people how much they mean to you.
I wrote a blog post to you, my readers.
Try something new.
I made a business account on pinterest for my author page on Amazon. It’s still empty of pins though. I still have a lot of work to do.
Go for a walk outside.
It was raining yesterday but I did it anyway. I went at a time that it wasn’t raining, but it was cold and windy. I basically went to the supermarket and back.