Self-care: A challenge

We love hearing from you – the community – about ideas you might have to connect and take care of each other.
In the past we supported Family of Five with a photo a day challenge, and we’re proud to have promoted another recent happiness challenge – #TakingCare100. Then back in November last year we supported #HowAreYou, a great hashtag initiative on Twitter developed by @adopting and @take2mums.


Now, we’re pleased to bring you another challenge, again from one of our amazing community – this one is from MyBrownEyedBoys. Here’s her challenge to you:

I have suffered from bouts of anxiety at all stressful times of my life so no surprise that having 3 adopted boys brings plenty of anxious times. About  2 years ago I was referred again to a therapist for anxiety but this time I didn’t want to talk endlessly about my problems. No, this time I wanted to work out how change my reaction. I cannot avoid anxious times completely but I figured, I needed to avoid reacting in the same old way to the stress.

Amongst other good advice (about avoiding trying to rescue everyone in my life) she challenged me to give myself a  treat every day.
Not so difficult you might think but, given that international holidays are not possible, finding a small luxury proved difficult. She advised me not to resort to food or alcohol too often so it was not as easy as it sounds. However, after a while I got the hang of setting aside half an hour to watch a TV programme or listen to the radio or to stop for a chat after my yoga class. These may be every day things  but time for ourselves can elude most of us in our chaotic households.
Put yourself first for 30 minutes per day, every day and feel the benefit.

So that is my challenge to you – treat your self in a small way each and every day and when you have mastered that encourage your family to do the same for you. Good Luck!

What a great idea hey? So we’d love for you to share your #metimetreats – photos, descriptions, one-liners, let us know how you’re looking after yourself.

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