The Self Care 12-Week Challenge (Week 1)


Welcome to the first week of the 12-week self-care challenge for all of you caregiver’s families and professionals. This is about you taking  care of you and filling your own cup. Ready? Here we go…

Week 1 Challenge


There are many benefits to smiling including:

  • Smiling can add 7 years to your life
  • Can reduce cancer risk
  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers blood pressure and anxiety
  • helps to boost your mood
  • Raises confidence level
  • Improves memory
  • Improves blood circulation

Waking up smiling helps to start your day off right. This means by waking up with a smile on your face, you are able to lower the stress levels before the day begins. Some people may start the day, thinking about the challenges of the day, however when you begin to smile, you release serotonin which trigger happy chemicals in the brain.

How do you rewire your brain to wake up smiling in the morning?

The easiest way is to begin the night before. Instead of thinking about problems and challenges you may face in the morning, go to sleep thinking happy thoughts, as caregivers it is natural to plan the day and thinking about all of things you need to do or forgotten to do but when you start to think more about the positive achievements it makes it much more easier to wake up smiling. Another way is to think immediately when you first wake up about the people who you love. This automatically make help you to smile.

Don’t expect it to happen overnight as it takes time for a new behavior to become a habit. Give it a try to see what happens.

  1. 7 Benefits of smiling you didn’t know about– Lifehack
  2. 9 surprising reasons why you should smile more-Inspiyr
  3. 15 of the best and free health benefits of smiling-Sun Warrior News
  4. 11 surprising reasons you should smile every day-HuffPost
  5. Top 10 reasons you should smile everyday-About Health
  6. 10 hidden benefits of smiling-Psy Blog
  7. 15 fascinating facts about smiling-Pick the Brain
  8. What does your smile say about you? WebMD
  9. Try some smile therapy-Psychology Today




2 thoughts on “The Self Care 12-Week Challenge (Week 1)

  1. Thanks for the collection of resources. Some days (especially in this SAD season), it is difficult to focus on self-care. It’s easier to just wallow without any plan for getting out. But, it’s important for myself and those I care for that I get lifted up out of the lows.


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