Introducing STUNN's Transformational self-care Challenges to upgrade your skin, mind, and life.
We are ALL beautiful in our own unique way, and beauty is rooted in feeling beautiful. To feel beautiful is easier said than done, and so through the Total Transformation Challenge, we aim to introduce empowering daily tools and routines to create healthy habits around feeling beautiful…..
THEME ONE: AWARENESS
In alignment with STUNN’s Total Transformation Challenge, we will be exploring pivotal themes in achieving Total Transformation in every aspect of your life. If you would like to participate in our challenges join our group on Facebook, or follow the challenge links provided in each post. This month’s theme is: AWARENESS.
Broadly speaking, awareness is the state of being conscious. To be aware is to connect with yourself and the world around you, leading to a deeper understanding about how you exist in the world.
With this week’s challenge, we will be focusing on developing a practice around internal-awareness through meditation. You may already have a strong meditation practice, and that’s great! If so, this week’s challenge will be a breeze for you – but challenge yourself to suspend your regular expectations and start fresh.
The focus of this week’s challenge is to use journaling as a method to gain present awareness over your thoughts. Like meditation, journaling is a foundational tool that will be in your toolkit for the long haul as we go through the 10 themes of transformation. This week will be about developing a practice with it, and using it to take stock of all your thoughts.
We spend a huge chunk of our time in our heads. Most of the time we aren’t even aware of it, which can be a big problem if that self-talk is negative, and let’s be honest we all fall prey to that more often than not. The thing with self-talk is that it is an exceptionally powerful tool, and if harnessed and wielded wisely, it can make profound shifts in your life.
Let’s be honest we all judge. We may consider ourselves non-judgemental, but deciding between lemon-ginger and blueberry-lime Kombucha is a judgement. A lot of judgement is necessary, our judgement helps us define our tastes and make important decisions in daily life.
THEME TWO: COMMITMENT
One of the greatest challenges when it comes to commitment is committing psychologically. For most, taking that first step is harder than the actual follow through. The idea of commitment can be paralyzing, keeping us from acting. When we are tasked with a challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone we can tend to panic and run.
One of the most aggravating obstacles when it comes to falling asleep is getting stuck creating mental to-do lists in your head. Having a stressful day ahead or looming tasks you’ve been putting off can wreak havoc on your mindset and destroy your chance at sleep.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? If your answer involved checking your email, social media, or texts, then this challenge is for you. This month’s transformational theme is commitment, and this week we are putting the spotlight on reducing temptation and distraction so you can find the motivation and time to stay committed.
THEME THREE: STRENGTH
Over the last few months we’ve looked at some of the initial themes of transformation, starting with awareness and moving into commitment. Both of these themes are hugely important in initiating your own personal transformation. As the obstacles challenging you to give up on your journey start stacking up, this next theme really becomes important. Strength is a skill best built on a foundation of awareness and commitment. Once you have the awareness to recognize where you want to expand and have embraced the commitment to grow, the next step is to exercise the necessary strength to get there.
Who we are as people has a lot to do with who we think we are. If you are like most, you have likely developed a few self imposed labels to define who you are as a person. You’ve made decisions about what you like and don’t like, you’ve come up with adjectives to describe yourself, and have carved a history of opinions, choices, and experiences.
This month we are exploring the Transformational Theme of Strength, and we are kicking off the second week with a physical strength challenge (check out the first challenge of developing a personal mission statement if you missed it). And no, don’t worry, we are not challenging anyone to lift heavy weights, run a marathon, or any other traditional feats of strength. This week is all about working a little bit of core exercises into your daily routine.
This week, we continue to explore the transformational theme of Strength with a new weekly challenge. Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored inner strength through personal mission statements, and physical strength through daily core exercises. This week we are diving (both figuratively and literally) into a new challenge which will involve you stripping down and taking a cold shower every morning.
When things are going well, life seemingly falls into place. Your thoughts and emotions are singing your praises, and it feels like nothing can stand in your way. But things won’t always be going well. And when those sneaky little fears, doubts, and limiting beliefs creep in, it’s important to have tools to help get back on track.
THEME FOUR: CONFIDENCE
Over the last three months, we’ve analyzed how awareness, commitment, and strength factor into your personal transformation journey, and have shared simple tools to aid in cultivating more of each theme in your life. This month, we are diving into the fourth theme of the ten themes of transformation; confidence. Confidence is built over time, and is shaped and warped and strengthened as you go through life. Your own unique upbringing, personality, and personal history play a major role in your confidence, and due to those unique circumstances, some areas will be weaker and more vulnerable than others.
Your inner dialogue is a critical determinant of who you are as an individual. Over the course of an hour, we all have hundreds of thoughts pass through our consciousness. Some mundane, others notable. For this challenge, we are shining the spotlight on the thoughts you have when you feel a lack of self-confidence, and are aiming to flip those thoughts on their head through positive affirmations.
Our beliefs about ourselves shapes who we are and how others perceive us, whether it’s true or not. The words you use to describe yourself and the thoughts you hold about yourself determine how you interact with the world. If you believe you’re good at something, you step up to the plate without fear. Vice versa, if you believe you’re not adequate for a task. The latter of which may prevent you from surprising yourself and discovering that you’re actually really great at that thing you told yourself you were incapable of.
We often say more to others about how we are feeling with our body language than with our words. If you consider any emotion, you can likely describe typical postures that go along with it. Our body language also serves to communicate how we are feeling to ourselves, and can generate a change in mindset.
Experience is one of the most effective ways to gain confidence, but what about the times when you need confidence in order to have an experience? When your lack of confidence is causing you mental and emotional distress, keeping you in the vicious cycle of your need for confidence depleting the little confidence you have, the only way to break through is experience. This is where visualization comes in.
THEME FIVE: PURPOSE
Purpose is a reason to work hard and put your best foot forward. It brings joy and satisfaction, and gives life meaning. Living a purposeful life may just be the secret to living a great life. That is why it is interesting that so many of us are caught living on a hamster wheel, with little to no thought about what our purpose actually is.
We live in a society that praises hard work, no sleep, and sacrifice. Heck, we’ve even been known to say that nothing worth having comes easily. The thing is, life isn’t always easy and a little struggle can be character building, but a life of endless strife and self-induced punishment doesn’t equate to a life well lived either.
The need for purpose starts the moment we become aware of our own place in the world, or lack thereof. When we are young, we are constantly taking in the world in all of its splendor. We aren’t worried about who we are or what we’re meant to do. We are simply living moment to moment.
THEME SIX: COURAGE
Over the last five months, we’ve taken deep dives into crucial themes on the journey of personal transformation, and have shared simple, daily tools and routines to empower you to embrace your innate beauty and potential. As we cross into the sixth theme of the 10 Themes of Transformation, it is time to introduce the next step in the journey: Courage.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just live your life without ever having to step outside your comfort zone or do anything that scares you? That is definitely possible, but living within your comfort zone comes with it’s own issue, like keeping you from growing and limiting your potential. Though pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and doing that thing you know you need to do, can scare the living crap out of you, it is beyond worth it.
In our society we’re brought up with dualing social ideals: be confident, but don’t be arrogant. Be assertive, but humble. Own your beauty, but don’t be vain. When we’re young, just beginning to navigate our place in the world, these messages can create serious issues that then become lifelong battles with our self image and self worth.
Before you panic or swear this week’s challenge off – remember the overarching goal of this month’s theme: courage. And courage comes from doing things that take a bit of courage to do. There are a multitude of benefits from immersing yourself in cold water from reducing inflammation, to improving circulation, to boosting your mood.
Selfies have gotten a bad reputation since the dawn of Instagram, and much like week two’s challenge a lot of that has to do with our societal discomfort over people being happy – and dare we say – proud of who they are. In a lot of ways selfies are the ultimate form of owning your own beauty and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to embrace a physical form of confidence.
THEME SEVEN: RESILIENCE