[media id="PRD__4cc5d79976bf24_42387723" title="Woman Applying Facial Lotion"] Have you joined the Make a Change Challenge yet? In this Challenge, you make one small change each week for 6 weeks. Participants are eligible to win each of the weekly prizes, and the more you enter, the better your chances are to win the $6,000 Grand Prize.

Don’t forget to check in for the new challenge each week:
http://www.sharecare.com/static/make-a-change

Week Two: Grow Younger

I’m going to be completely honest with you- I struggled to come up with suggestions for this challenge. When I took the quiz for this challenge, I noticed that this challenge focused on appearance- such as beauty products that you might apply to your skin, or on nutrients that might make you look younger. Personally, I’ve never really been into this. So I’m going to take this challenge in a slightly different direction- inner beauty!

When people - especially women - look in the mirror, we often don’t like what we see. Many of us dislike our bodies, and when we look in the mirror we mentally take an inventory of all the things we don’t like about the body that is staring back at us. 

I’d like for us to take this opportunity to feel younger by being more kind to our bodies- to think kinder thoughts about the person in the mirror, and to be grateful for the things that our body allows us to do.  For example, if you have wide hips, be grateful that those hips are wide enough to allow for uncomplicated childbirth. If you have thick legs, thank them for being strong enough to carry you through your workouts.

So here’s your challenge, if you choose to accept it. I want you to post at least one positive beauty affirmation on your bathroom mirror, and I want you to say it out loud to yourself at least once per day. You can write your affirmation on a sticky note, or if you happen to have a wipe-off  marker (the kind that is used on classroom whiteboards), you can write the affirmation directly onto your mirror- it will wipe off.

Focus on some things that you really like about yourself. Maybe you have great eyes, or you especially love the color of your hair. Put your focus on the things that you like about yourself, and put your flaws in the background. As you start to feel better about yourself, you may notice that you’re less concerned about any imperfection on your skin. 

To help you get started, here are some examples:

I am beautiful just the way I am. 

I am radiantly beautiful, inside and out.

I have my mother’s/father’s nose (or other body part) and I love it. 

I have a beautiful smile that lights up the room. 

I am the perfect size and shape for me.

I am blessed with a beautiful mind, body, and spirit. 

Every day my inner beauty shines brighter than before.

I love taking care of myself so that I feel beautiful. 

I give myself the care and attention that I need.

I am proud of the way I look.

Accepting our bodies the way that they are can be tough work. Don't get hung up on it if you feel awkward doing it- it's just one small thing you can do every day. I'd love to know how it goes for you!