Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m still here, still depressed, but today was the last day of the self-growth challenge I’m doing, so I had to share. I didn’t do everything in the challenge but I will try to do the rest when I can. The sun is setting. My best friend contacted me today. My son is at soccer practice and my husband is busy so I have had some time to think.
The one thought that keeps running through my head everytime I try to add a product to my shop or work on my novella or edit my new book is “what’s the point”. I did the DSM assessment test (I do it once a month to track my depression levels) and it came out moderately severe. I already knew that. Anyway, maybe this self growth challenge will help. And the sunset can’t hurt either.
Declutter your social media (uninstall apps you don’t use or need and unfollow people that are detrimental to your mental health).
I followed many people on Instagram. I also uninstalled a few apps.
Try to do some physical activity every day, even if it’s a short walk.
I’ve been walking a lot lately. I even exercised today.
Set a goal for the next month and break it down into steps.
My goal for November is to be healthy and fit.
Go to bed an hour earlier (sometimes you need an extra hour of sleep to reset your energy levels).
I have been sleeping earlier since my son started school. On the weekdays, I’m waking up at 5 am and going to bed between 9 and 10 pm.
Write a gratitude list. This is so important for personal growth.
I did this on the 1st of November. I found it less distracting to write on pen and paper because I have too many apps on my phone.
Do something out of your comfort zone that you always wanted to try. Good things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.
I don’t know what they meant by this. Everytime I leave my house, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone.
Start learning something new (a language/instrument/fun facts/history/sewing/etc).
I started taking an SEO course, but then turned out it was a 24-hour trial so the next day it was gone. Does that count?
Practice positive self-talk. Go in front of the mirror and list down everything you love about yourself. Be kind to your body and soul.
I didn’t say these in front of the mirror, but I wrote them down. It was really difficult for me to do because I realized that I don’t love myself.
Write your biggest dream and how you can achieve it.
My biggest dream is to become a best-selling author. I don’t feel like retyping what I wrote, especially since my son just got back home.
Journal your thoughts and dreams.
I don’t like to journal, and I don’t know if you can call my blogging journaling.
Pick one side hustle and work on it (start a blog/learn a new language/take up a new hobby/etc).
I already have a blog, podcast, 11 books, a novella, and 3 online shops. I think I have enough side hustles that I’m working on.
Go out and have a solo date (go watch the sunset/eat at your favorite restaurant/buy yourself flowers/etc).
I tried that once before. Not a big fan.
Spend less time on social media today.
I naturally spend less time on my phone on the weekends. Lately, I’ve been spending less and less time on social media, since the glitch on Instagram took out my shop Instagram accounts.
Create a savings account (and make sure that you put aside a specific amount every month).
I’d have to earn money 1st in order to create a savings account.
Wear something today that makes you feel good and empowering.
I wore a shirt that said “I have sunshine in my soul today” even though I felt like sh**.
Write down all the things you want to improve.
I had previously written all the goals and habits I want to work on. I would also add that I want to start submitting parenting blog posts to websites that would pay for submissions.
Watch a new documentary (e.g. Heal/Minimalism/Happy).
My husband had the TV on a documentary about Africans doing a rain dance.
Meditate for 10 minutes (try to do this every day, it’s so important for your mental health).
I’m so bad at meditating. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me.
Declutter and organize your space. A cleaning home relaxes you and boosts your mood.
I organized my drawer.
Listen to a motivational podcast (e.g.Manifestation Babe/Rise/Earn your Happy/And She Rises).
I listened to Pick the Brain podcast.
Give someone a compliment. The outward expression of giving someone a compliment not only makes them feel good but also helps build your own confidence.
I don’t know what to say, or who to say it to.
Do this challenge with me: https://21dayschallengeapp.com/app/challenge