101 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Ideas

Who doesn't love a 30-Day Challenge?! When you think about it, committing to something for 30 days can be life changing for a number of reasons:

  1. It allows you to open up your mind to new possibilities and ways of being
  2. Committing to something small for 30 days is a lot easier than trying to immediately commit to something new "forever"
  3. 30 days can put you well on your way to making something an actual ingrained habit
  4. Trying something new gives you confidence and a sense of accomplishment
101 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Ideas

There's a reason 30-Day Challenges are big these days and they can help you do a lot more than lift your booty with daily squats (note to self: ice is your friend).

The biggest perk about 30-Day Challenges? They don't have to be crazy, change-your-entire-life-around, find-another-hour-in-your-day, things. They can be as simple as making time to drink tea every evening (yes, that's on here). And in this list, that's what they are are, simple things to do each day, again and again for 30 days.

A quick tip before I send you off to this giant list of awesomeness. Pick no more than THREE things on here to do at a time. I know, I know, you may want to do more than that (because they sound BALLER!) but seriously, if you take on too many new changes, you'll burnout quicker than your first car doing donuts at 2am in that parking lot the cops totally didn't know about.

You can also use this list for 30 days, trying a new idea each day.

I've even created a calendar tracker and this entire list for you to print out and track your progress. So you can do any and all of these again and again.

Grab a pen, think of a friend you might want to do a challenge with, and hold on tight for all the ideas that are about to come your way.


101 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Ideas (Epic Bald Eagle Sound effect)

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you're grateful for
  3. Do at least 25 jumping jacks
  4. Sit down at the table for breakfast every morning
  5. Read for 15 minutes before bed each night
  6. Light incense or a candle when you get home
  7. Write a letter to someone every day
  8. Write down one thing each day you love about yourself
  9. Watch 30 minutes of that show you've been meaning to catch up on
  10. Make the bed each morning first thing
  11. Cook a meal for yourself each day
  12. Take a walk rain or shine
  13. Get up 20 minutes earlier than your regular time
  14. Spend 15 minutes each day organizing a space in your home
  15. Write a letter to your future self using FutureMe.org (imagine how fun it will be to read 30 days of letters to yourself later on)
  16. Give yourself a daily facial
  17. Go on a short bike ride
  18. Drink half your body weight in oz of water
  19. 30 days of Random acts of kindness
  20. Eat an apple/banana/orange/piece of fruit each day
  21. Complete a Crossword or Sudoku Puzzle
  22. Morning affirmations
  23. Floss 2x a day
  24. Use lotion on your hands
  25. Watch How To Videos on something you've always wanted to learn (check YouTube)
  26. Solo Dance Parties
  27. 15 minutes of listening to your favorite music
  28. Sitting in nature
  29. Cuddling with a pet
  30. Text a friend and let them know why they matter to you
  31. Take a bubble bath
  32. Watch funny YouTube videos
  33. Skype a friend or family member (even for a few minutes)
  34. Watch sunset or sunrise
  35. Give up alcohol for 30 days
  36. Take a photo of something that makes you happy
  37. Write down one thing each day that made you laugh
  38. Spend 10 minutes drawing or doodling -- even if you think you "can't"
  39. Write down a quote or something powerful you heard each day
  40. Make tea before bed
  41. Write yourself a note for the next day
  42. Donate one thing from your home every day for a month
  43. Knit or crochet
  44. Spend time coloring
  45. Work on an art project
  46. Paint a rock
  47. Give yourself a hand and foot massage
  48. Watch a TED Talk
  49. Stretch
  50. Try Yoga
  51. Learn a new word
  52. Eat meals without your phone or TV
  53. Take a power nap
  54. Commute to work without your car
  55. Write a Thank You note/card
  56. Take a walk without your phone
  57. Sweat
  58. Go to the local pool
  59. Drink green tea
  60. Start your morning with a green smoothie
  61. Go a month without makeup
  62. Walk 10,000 steps
  63. Take 10 deep breaths in and out in the morning and before bed
  64. Bake something (bring the leftovers to work or give to someone in need)
  65. Write down something you did each day that made you feel proud
  66. Keep a list of what you accomplished each day
  67. Start a Bullet Journal
  68. Keep track of your expenses
  69. Listen to a guided relaxation
  70. Drive somewhere new
  71. Visit a new coffee shop/store/area of your town
  72. Go to a park
  73. Visit the library
  74. Go 30 days without watching TV
  75. Drink seltzer water instead of soda
  76. Make time each day to do absolutely nothing
  77. Turn off all electronics after 7pm
  78. Write down negative thoughts and cross them out
  79. Set a bedtime and stick to it
  80. Look in the mirror and say out loud what you love about your body
  81. Try daily dry brushing
  82. Pull a daily Tarot or Oracle card for fun
  83. Make a wish
  84. Add a page to your Buddha Book
  85. Add more Feng Shui to your home
  86. Set a reminder every few hours to check in on yourself
  87. Clean something in your house
  88. Switch to natural DIY household cleaners
  89. Remove added sugar from your diet each day
  90. Stop drinking any caffeine after Noon
  91. Eat something green with each meal
  92. Log what you eat each day
  93. Create a list of books you want to read, movies you want to see, etc.
  94. Create a Google Doc for all your ideas and add to it daily
  95. Pack your lunch for the day the night before
  96. Clean the kitchen/set the coffee for the next day
  97. Stay off the internet in the evening
  98. Add to your visualization board
  99. Ask a new person each day what makes them happier than anything else
  100. Do something spontaneous or out of the ordinary
  101. Read an article each day from a website that inspires you (like TinyBuddha)