gratitude challenge

30 Days of Gratitude Challenge

October was a very unpleasant month. It was full of so much stress that by the end of it, I was in full overwhelmed and panic mode.

My regular self-care routine didn’t seem to be making a dent in my stress levels. So, I sat down and made a list of things I needed to do to feel better. Instead of what I call maintenance self-care (the daily routine stuff), I needed to focus on things that aren’t part of my daily routine. It’s been just four days I already feel so much better.

I’m writing out a schedule for myself each morning. It stops my brain from jumping from task to task and getting overwhelmed. I started reading every night again (I’ll be writing a blog post on tips to overcome reader burnout soon!). And I am journaling each morning.

Those are all fairly small things and not very time-consuming but they make a huge difference.

Self-care is such a fluid thing. A consistent self-care routine is important but so is being able to anticipate when we might need more than usual.

30 Days of Gratitude Challenge

In addition to journaling and writing about my feelings, I’m also going to be using this gratitude challenge I created a few years ago to write about what I am grateful for. I pass it on to you. (You can find a PDF version on Patreon!)

1. Comfort Item
2. Scent
3. Childhood item
4. Place in nature
5. Fun activity
6. Person
7. Art or artist
8. Part of your home
9. Book or author
10. Food or flavor
11. Gift given to you
12. Quote or saying
13. Movie or show
14. Song
15. Happy memory
16. Season/ type of weather
17. Life lesson
18. Small gestures
19. Talent or skill
20. Moment this week
21. Online space
22. Period of the past
23. Mentor or teacher
24. Hobby
25. Where you live
26. Daily life
27. Animal or pet
28. Sweet treat
29. Way to relax
30. Moment this month