As a writer with anxiety and depression, my work days usually fall into one of two categories: Extremely productive with lots of happy checkmarks on my to-do list or completely void of anything worth mentioning. Rarely do I come to the end of a day and look back at it as being “okay” or “not bad.” I’m either on top of a mountain with hands raised in victory or in the corner of a dank dungeon rocking back and forth. Nothing is ever in the middle for me. It’s exhausting.
Self care is something I thought I practiced, though I haven’t used the term self care before. I exercise, I sleep, I eat, I pray, I read. But I do these when I’m at the peak. I’m not sure rewarding myself after I’ve climbed the mountain and already feel darn good about myself is technically self care.
It’s also not self care when my healthy habits get flipped upside down on those dank dungeon days. I sleep to hide. I eat to avoid. I read to escape. Self sabotage is a better term for what I do.
So, what is self care? I don’t know yet…
That’s why I’m partnering with Steve Austin from iamsteveaustin.com next week for the 7-Day Self Care Challenge. I want guidance with all my ups and downs and extremes. I would like to learn how to live more in the middle ground of my writing life and how to be okay with okay. I would like to learn how to step away from whatever crisis of identity I’m having on a given day and be good to myself no matter what is going on with my current book or article or blog post.
I’ve heard I should talk to and take care of myself like I would my daughter or a friend. I wouldn’t tell my daughter to give up and eat 4,000 calories of sugar, because that’s an easier way to live. I wouldn’t tell my best friend that she should shut down her brain and run away from what’s on her mind by crawling back into bed after breakfast. So, I should not tell myself these things either.
I’m excited to connect with some likeminded people on this FREE 7-day challenge to learn, to exchange tips, to commiserate, to encourage, and to take care of myself.
How Does the Self Care Challenge Work?
- Each day, you’ll receive an email with a self-care challenge, including follow-up questions and a “Messy Grace Mantra”.
- You’ll also have access to a closed Facebook group where you can connect with and encourage others who are doing the self care challenge, too. This is a great way to build community!
- In short, you’ll have all the tools you need to make this challenge a success!
What’s in it for me?
- ARE YOU TIRED OF FEELING OVERWHELMED?
- ARE YOU DROWNING IN A SEA OF SHAME?
- DOES IT SEEM IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL OTHERS “NO”?
- ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION?
- DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY KNOW THE “REAL” YOU?
- DOES ANXIETY WHISPER WHITE NOISE IN YOUR EAR?
- IS THE BLACK DOG OF DEPRESSION NIPPING AT YOUR HEELS?
IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, THE 7-DAY SELF CARE CHALLENGE WILL give you tips and TRICKS TO TAKE BETTER CARE AND CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. IF YOU DON’T TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, NOBODY ELSE WILL!
Ready to start the challenge? Just click here!
Or go to jointheselfcarechallenge.com
Challenge Begins Monday 2/27/17!
(I’m receiving no compensation for this promotion.)