366 Days of Self-Care Challenge

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You are cordially invited to join the 366 Days of Self-Care challenge!

2016 is a leap year, which means there’s an extra day to explore and enjoy the benefits of good health.

Each day this year, I will be sharing a personal self-care practice that supports one or more of the 8 Health Dimensions (Systemic, Emotive, Luminessence, Financial, Cognitive, Aptitudinal, Relational, and Environmental). My hope is that you’ll be inspired to incorporate some of these practices into your daily life as well–and perhaps even share a few ideas of your own!

Each of us can have a positive impact on our health in a number of ways: scheduling time for relaxation, learning something new, spending quality time with someone we love, journaling about our feelings, gardening, creating a monthly budget, volunteering, or preparing a healthy meal. The possibilities are endless! And best of of all, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

Another side effect of focusing on healthy behaviors is that it helps us cultivate positivity. By focusing on what’s good rather than what we are trying to avoid in life, we create a mindset that invites a spirit of gratitude and joy.

366 Days of Self-Care Tracker
NOTE: this file prints best on legal-sized paper.

To prepare for the challenge, I created a 366 Days of Self-Care Tracker that I used to map out a few ideas ahead of time. I purposely left some room for spontaneous experiences, and I’ve resisted the urge to become too tied to the activities I’ve pre-selected. Honestly, I’m just excited to see what happens.

Feel free to download the free PDF and map out a year of self-care for yourself too. (I will warn you that the grid is really small, so you may want to consider using it as a checklist, sticking to brief keywords, or creating a version of your own. My goal here was merely to fit the entire year on one page.)

You are welcome to join the challenge at any time, even if you missed January 1st! Your year of self-care doesn’t have to run for 366 days, nor does it have to end on December 31st.

Remember, how you choose to care for yourself doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you! Be creative. Be bold. Be silly. Have fun. And share your experiences!

Start reading from Day 1 here.

6 thoughts on “366 Days of Self-Care Challenge

  1. Rebecca Smith says:

    Stacy, I am excited to join you in this as I also wanted to make 2016 a more positive year! I need to find my motivation and by joining you in this self challenge maybe it is just what I need.
    Good luck and Thank you!

    • Stacy Fisher-Gunn RDN, CD, CDE
      Stacy Fisher-Gunn RDN, CD, CDE says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to join me; we can be a source of inspiration and encouragement for each other!

  2. Nadine Frandsen says:

    Thank you, Stacy. I am in! I am forever guilty of caring for everyone around me and leaving whatever time is leftover to care for myself… And we all know there is rarely any time “leftover”. I need to become better at loving me. Thank you for giving us all this opportunity to start this year out right. Thank you for sharing what you know 🙂

    • Stacy Fisher-Gunn RDN, CD, CDE
      Stacy Fisher-Gunn RDN, CD, CDE says:

      You deserve much more than “leftovers,” Nadine, so this year is going to be different…better! Actually, I’m working on my very first post for the challenge as we speak, and I’m equally excited to see where this project leads me. Good luck and I hope you’ll share your journey along the way. 🙂 🙂

  3. Melissa James says:

    I am looking forward to this challenge! I am also guilty of doing all for everyone and sacrificing my well-being. So, here’s to 2016! Thank you Stacy!!

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