#20DayMentalWellbeingChallenge - The Conclusion

I thought I would do a quick update following the #20DayMentalWellbeingChallenge I took part in at the beginning of November. I found it invigorating to take a moment each day to do something small to stay in the present.

I love my job, but there have been some steep learning curves involved in it, not least of all balancing work with finding time to look after myself. That work-life balance is key to mental wellbeing, and completing this challenge gave me an opportunity to stop and do something positive every day.

Life can be very busy, and finding the time to do something for ourselves, to make us feel good, often gets put to the bottom of the pile. It’s easy to fill the day helping others and making ourselves busy, but this can often be counter-productive. It’s been a change for me to practise staying in the moment and taking care of myself.

I can swing between feeling regret about the past and being overwhelmed by the future! I spend too much time comparing myself to others, and worse, comparing where I am to where I think I ‘should’ be. And my voices don’t exactly make it easy, with their constant diatribe on everything I lack.

Completing this challenge gave me something else to focus on. Every day, there was a point of stillness, which I could use to reflect, be peaceful, and just enjoy the moment. I think my favourite challenge was sending five encouraging messages - it was a great opportunity to connect with people, and reminded me of the need to do it more often!

The encouragement everyone who has taken part has given each other has been amazing. It was incredible to see how many people took part in the challenge and reaped the benefits of taking a few minutes each day to take care of their mental wellbeing.

I’ve learned a lot from this challenge, but for me I think this quote sums it all up:

“One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.
Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Ida Scott Taylor
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