14 Days of Self {Care}

It was a crazy weather weekend but we made it through the blizzard relatively unscathed. Accumulation totals are off in spots but we got at least 2 feet. Did I get a little stir crazy being indoors? YES! But look how pretty… DCWinter marontherun.com

after the first shovel!

after the first shovel!

It was nice though to have some quiet time as it gave me plenty of opportunities to focus on a little self-care. As a Health and Wellness Coach I believe self-care is critically important to overall wellness. As parents, children, spouses, coworkers and friends – you cannot take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Practicing self-care means to intentionally engage in activities that support your physical, emotional and mental health. This practice is unique to everyone – what makes me feel good emotionally might be completely different for you. Mindy Hale quote marontherun.com

As we head into February the Fitness Cliff looms and the excitement around the New Year and resolutions can begin to fade. Gyms are less crowded and momentum can stall. There is so much to love about the month of February. For starters, it’s heart health month and who can forget Valentine’s Day! I thought this was the perfect time to host the 14 Days of Self {Care} challenge! 14 Days of Self marontherun.com

Here’s how it works: beginning Monday, February 1st through Sunday February 14th, post daily on Instagram showing how you are practicing self-care. Tag me @marontherun and use the hashtags #14daysofself #selfcare. Posting for the duration of the challenge enters you into a giveaway prize for a Whole Foods gift card! There will also be a couple of other “care package” prizes given away during the challenge. 

In addition to the Instagram challenge I have created a private Facebook group to offer additional motivation and support (or if you choose not to participate via Instagram). By joining you will have access to the “Daily Dose of Self” a daily post offering mindful meditations, recipes, yoga poses and self-care tips. Join the group, post on Instagram or both! I look forward to you joining me and welcoming in the month of LOVE (yourself).  

Who’s in for the 14 Days of Self? What are looking forward to in February?  

50 Comments on 14 Days of Self {Care}

  1. SO PRETTY! Awesome motivation going on, lady! Thank you!

  2. Love (pun intended!) this.

    For years I used to feel guilty about self care. That I should be taking care of others. Then the light switch went on…if I don’t take care of me-i can’t take care off others!

    I am so mich better for it!!

    • me too – because I’m single I always felt like I had to work the long hours and give things up so others could have it. Not anymore! We’re both better for it 🙂

  3. Great idea! I’m going to go check out the facebook page 🙂 I fell like February is about when things begin to get super busy and those good plans from the new year begin to fall by the side.
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    • Thanks! I’ve been working on it for awhile and definitely wanted to wait until January was over. With the blizzard that just adds to the feeling of letting wellness and fitness fall by the wayside!

  4. Ha, you are right about people become more lax in February. I have official declared February as my “rest” month. I am taking time off from the gym. I will for sure do my exercises at home though!

  5. I agree, taking care of yourself is one of the most UNselfish things we can do! The healthier and happier and stronger I am, the better able I am to care for those depending on me. Have a great day! 🙂
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  6. I love this idea, Mar! Self care has been a big focal point for me the last few months. I previously worked in workplace wellness and learned so much about the importance of taking care of numero uno. I’m definitely excited for this challenge! 🙂
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  7. What a great idea Mar! Looking forward to this. 🙂
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  8. What a great idea! I love it. I’ll have to up my IG game!
    Wendy@TakingtheLongWayHome recently posted…Wellness through the years #WellnessThatFitsYouMy Profile

  9. Sounds like a wonderful idea! I’ll use this as an excuse to treat myself. 🙂
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  10. Love this idea!
    courtney @ eat pray run dc recently posted…Three Tips to Choosing a Training PlanMy Profile

  11. What a great challenge for a month when so many people don’t focus on taking care of themselves. Heading over to check out the FB group now.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Scenes from Blizzard 2016My Profile

  12. I will be joining you in this for sure. I absolutely need a challenge like this in my life right now. <3
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  13. Such pretty snow! February is going to be a crazy busy month, so I will have to be sure to set some time aside for myself. What a great idea!
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  14. Joined the group 🙂
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  15. What a fun challenge! I’d probably just spend all 14 days napping, eating, and going to the gym haha
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  16. What a great challenge, self care is so important and as a nurse sometimes I care for everyone else except for me.

  17. If I remember, I will totally do this. Aka remind me
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  18. i love this! We preach self-care at my job to all of our students so this will be a fun challenge 🙂

  19. This is SO EXCITING, Mar!! I’m so glad you’re doing this; I can’t wait to participate. Plus, this means I should do some really nice things for myself, right?? 😉

  20. I love seeing all the snow pics! I would love just ONE day of snow. Haha. I am all about self care. I love that you are doing this challenge!
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  21. What a great iniative! It is so true that we neglect ourselves after everything else comes first. I have been trying to watch my nutrition in order to better my health…I joined weightwatchers to do so – we’ll see how it goes!
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  22. I could not agree more about self-care! It often feels selfish when you have kids and all the responsibilities that come with them, but the saying “if mama isn’t happy then nobody is happy” is true on so many levels!! Hoping I can remember to do this 🙂

  23. This is a great idea! I always put off taking care of myself.
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  24. HAPPY FEB 1ST.

    Just wanted to let you know I wrote a post including your 14 day of self care.

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance.

  25. I love this! In fact I am hosting an Add Joy challenge through Lent along a similar vein. So glad to see encouragement to do self care. It’s so important and often overlooked.
    Wendy @ Wholistic Woman recently posted…Weekly Update: Playing in the KitchenMy Profile

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