About a week ago I saw a 21 day anxiety challenge. As someone who suffers from anxiety I thought this was pretty cool, so I shared it and decided I’d come back to it later.
At our meeting today, Darian and I thought it would be cool to do the challenge, keep a kind of log about it, and share the experience with you at the end. We took off the 21st day, because we aren’t quite ready to commit to another challenge.
Darian and I are starting our challenge today, September 4th 2018 and it will end on the 23rd. We are planning on keeping a journal to keep track of the activities and how they made us feel, which we will share with you, once half way through the challenge and once again at the end.
If you would like to join us, here is the “schedule” we will follow:
- Spend 20 minutes outside
- Color a page in a coloring book
- Write down five things you are grateful for
- Get hydrated
- Play loud music and dance
- No social media day
- Take a long, relaxing bubble bath
- Ten minutes of mediation
- Do your favorite cardio exercise for 20 minutes
- Go to bed early
- Start a good vitamin regimen
- Snuggle an animal
- Meditate (original poster use Mediate)
- Look up Hygge and learn more about it
- Try a relaxing essential oil blend
- Make a stress ball
- Pick a time of day that is just for you
- Do something you are good at
- Make a list of your anxieties
- Comment on each anxiety with something you can do to calm it.
You can check out the original post here: http://loveandmarriageblog.com/11-day-anxiety-challenge/
Below is how we each felt about the challenge before we started it.
Cherokee: Not sure how I feel about the challenge. I was sort of excited about it but the more I read on the list of “challenges” the more I looked at it I was all eh. Some of the challenges I don’t think I’ll have a problem with, other I most definitely will. I hate water, I have trouble falling asleep all the time, and I’m not good with following directions. Oh, and my bathtub floods my basement so… we will see.
Some of the challenges just seem.. I don’t know. Not exciting, not that calming, and just plain lame. Maybe I’ll find away to make them fun. I do have an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coloring book. My therapist has been giving me some great breathing exercises, maybe those will help me complete this challenge.
Darian: My first thought of this anxiety challenge was “awesome! Let’s do it!” I’ll try new ways to help with my anxiety. I only glanced at the different “challenges” so when I actually looked them over I thought that this was a bad idea. Some of these I already do, so they’re not much of a challenge. The time of day “just for me” is when my kids finally go to sleep, so I believe going to bed early might be hard. Do something I’m good at? Well, I don’t believe I’m good at anything. Now I’m just being negative, I know I should be positive, I’m going to try.