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Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week Two

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Hello! Welcome to week two of the Mental Cleanse Challenge! I hope you are having a fabulous week! Can you believe it is already February?

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it! I love the memes on social media that say “I decided my 2017 is going to start February 1st. January was just my trial run.

What I love most about this meme is it shows you how forgiving a fresh start can be. It says that any time is the right time to change something in your life.

January 1 does not and should not dictate to when you make a change or set a new goal for yourself.

Need to reduce the stress in your life, but aren't sure what to do? Then this challenge is PERFECT for you! Get started with this Mental Cleanse Challenge today, and remove your unnecessary stress and anxiety.

With the Mental Cleanse Challenge, I feel like we have a chance to experience this first hand. In these past seven days, I have already noticed a change in what I thought I could get away with doing.

I realize now that focusing on myself is not selfish, but necessary. We have to take time for ourselves, to be alone in thought, or treat ourselves to a special evening.

The refreshed feeling afterwards will not only help us to be happier, but also more productive! That is what we want most, right? To be more productive?

We can do that with this challenge! We can do a refresh, reset, or complete redo. Now is time to work on us so that we can achieve our daily to do lists, weekly goals, monthly goals, and/or yearly goals.

With all of that being said, let us review this past week, then see what next week two offers!

Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week One Review

Day 1: Set two goals you would like to achieve during this challenge //

My two goals for this challenge are:

1) learn how to quiet my mind

2) discover new ways to care for my mental health.

There are some days within this challenge that I am nervous about trying, but excited at the same time. There are going to be several first experiences that I cannot wait to try!

Day 2: Treat your face to a special pampering facial //

I have an Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask that I love using! It works quickly and is great for sensitive skin.

I used this with a steamed wash cloth and relaxed!

Day 3: Go for a walk //

If you follow me on Instagram, you had the chance to see a few photos and videos from my walk. I enjoyed it so much, especially because I had my two fur babies walking with me. Here is one of the photos from this walk:

Day 4: Journal for 15 minutes //

I love writing. Whether on a computer or hand writing, it has a relaxing yet accomplishing feel to it. I got a lot more out of my mind than I thought possible, and felt completely free afterwards.

Normally, I write it out and feel I have more to say. I think focusing on making sure it is all out and giving those 15 minutes my all made a big difference.

Day 5: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal //

I will admit, I am pretty good about being in bed between 9-10pm, but this past week was a rough one. My “To Do” list was a long one, and I am so thankful for this day!

You do not realize how much of a difference 30 minutes of sleep makes until you put focus into accomplishing it.

Day 6: Make a gratitude list of everything you are grateful for in your life //

You never realize how blessed you are until you start writing a gratitude list. This was a great reminder of all the great things we are living for each day. It also has me inspired to live with more intention than I was yesterday.

Day 7: Take a long bubble bath //

While I do not have a bathtub to soak, I do have a shower with really hot water and a great essential oil scrub that made my skin feel brand new!

How was your week?

Did you enjoy these exercises?

What day did you enjoy most?

Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week Two

Day 1: Try a new workout you have never done

Day 2: Keep all three meals “phone free”! No social medial scrolling!

Day 3: Do a yoga for beginners workout

Day 4: Make 2 of 3 meals meatless! Need inspiration? Check Pinterest!

Day 5: Meditate for 5 minutes and focus on your breath

Day 6: Take your workout outdoors, if only for 20 minutes! Bundle up nice and warm!

Day 7: Go vegan for a day!

Need to reduce the stress in your life, but aren't sure what to do? Then this challenge is PERFECT for you! Get started with this Mental Cleanse Challenge today, and remove your unnecessary stress and anxiety.

After the week I have had, I am scared for week two! haha! I do not workout on a regular basis, and I am not sure I have ever had a vegan meal…

This will definitely be a challenging week for me, but I think I can do it! I am most excited for Day 5!

In the past, I have tried to meditate, but it did not go so well. Giving it a fresh shot may change my success ratings… We shall see!

I wonder how Kiara did with week one, and if what she is looking forward to for week two?! Let us head over there and check! She is at

Before you go, be sure to let me know how your mental cleanse went this past week! I would love to chat with you!

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  • Reply
    February 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    The vegan meal won’t be too hard. Pasta with chickpeas, tomatoes, capers and spinach makes a yummy, filling vegan dinner. You might not even notice it;s vegan. Or check out the Oh She Glows website for some really fabulous vegan dishes that don’t need meat or eggs/dairy.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 10, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I will take a look at the website! Thank you for the recommendation, Roberta!

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    Kiara A Catanzaro
    February 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great job with this week, Erin! I hope you’re doing okay with all the different challenges! From your Instagram, it seems like you’re doing okay! I know you said this week would be difficult, but I’m sure you’re doing great! Keep and up and we will get ready for next week. 🙂

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 10, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thank you, Kiara! You seem to be doing pretty good with this cleanse as well! I am nervous for the days we focus on our diet, but I am going to do my very best to stick to them! I cannot wait to update everyone on Monday! I am having so much fun with this challenge, and I hope you are as well!

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    Jackie | Fresh Fit Florida
    February 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

    You’ll rock week 2! This sounds like a really refreshing cleanse…I’ll have to try it!

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    Sarah Jean Althouse
    February 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Going for walk is SUCH a mental cleanse for me. I like to walk along the river here in DC (and forget I’m in a city- haha) and it is such just a wonderful time where I can truly clear my mind. Good luck on your goals this week!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thank you, Sarah Jean! Walking along a river sounds like a great mental cleanse! I am a nature girl, so anything to do with the woods or water is right up my alley!

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    February 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Haven’t done the bubble bath, but everything else I did do this week and I wasn’t even trying the challenge! LOL! All good stuff. I did a Mental Health Walk this morning and posted about it.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      That is awesome, Leah! I wish I did some of these on a more regular basis, but I am excited to be making them a priority through this challenge!

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    February 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I’m loving this challenge – so good for the soul!

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    March 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    What do you do about the Vegan and Meatless meal days if you’re anaemic? I am and it’s been playing up lately and worry I can’t complete these days.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      March 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Emma, I would either double up on two days in this week or create your own fun diet & exercise challenge. Definitely do not hurt your health to complete a day. 🙂

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