The Belly Button Challenge is seriously disturbing. This online trend involves challenging聽women to see if they can reach their arm behind their backs and touch their belly button. Being able to do this supposedly means you鈥檙e skinny.

Since this trend hit Twitter and Instagram it鈥檚 received widespread backlash but, unfortunately it鈥檚 also been followed by even more disturbing body challenges (see:聽The Collar Bone Challenge and The Boob Challenge to name a couple). Now nothing against women who can successfully聽鈥渃omplete鈥 any of these challenges聽鈥 just聽hope you didn鈥檛 hurt your arms in the process 鈥 but for many/all聽of us, just seeing these聽challenges on our feeds promotes weird shame-y beauty standards. Seriously, some of these sound like messed up slumber party dares聽pre-teens in Judy Blume books give each other (#WeMustIncreaseOurBust). Since we鈥檙e sick of seeing 鈥檈m, we thought we鈥檇 create some new challenges that promote health, silliness and positivity.


1. The Ice Cream Challenge: You know how sometimes when you work hard on something and you finish it you feel kind of empty? For the Ice Cream Challenge treat yo鈥櫬爐0 something like聽an ice cream cone every time you complete a major task聽so you have a tangible reward to remind you how sweet success is.

2. The Get Lost Challenge:聽Go to a spot in your town or a neighborhood in your city that you鈥檝e never been to before. Walk the length of it. Walk into shops, walk to places to eat and drink, walk to pretty sites. Walk the heck out of that place until you become an expert. The second tier of this challenge is to take a friend with you next time and be their tour guide.

3. The Other Woman Challenge:聽Challenge yourself to stop seeing women who are different that you as 鈥渙ther.鈥 This girl is skinny but you鈥檙e not? Who cares, you guys probably like the same things! This girl has more or less money than you? Fine! This woman wants a different kind of job or lover or life than you? Cool! At the end of the day we鈥檙e all here together and it鈥檚 hard enough to be a woman in this world without us being shitty amongst ourselves.


4. The Water Challenge: Drinking water is one health trend everyone seems to agree on. It鈥檚 good for your skin, good for your insides etc but sometimes it鈥檚 really boring. For The Water Challenge you have to find a way to make drinking water fun. Buy a cool new water bottle or throw some fruit in there, whatever it takes to drink up.

5. The Hug Challenge:聽Take one arm and wrap it around your body. Take the other arm and also wrap it around your body. Close your eyes and squeeze. Breathe in and hug yourself. Take a second to feel grateful that you鈥檙e healthy and alive. Hug yourself and think about all the nice things you like about your body and none of the things you don鈥檛. Do this challenge AT LEAST once a week.

6.聽 The Thoughtful Challenge:聽Take an hour out of your day and go out of your way to find and read things written by people with different opinions than yours. Too often our social media feeds become echo chambers filled with just things we like so it鈥檚 important to expose ourselves to all points of view. Reading these things may not change your own opinions but it鈥檚 a good way to empathize with people, even those who don鈥檛 agree with you. Putting faces and opinions behind big issues will help you form a more well rounded opinion.


7. The TBT Challenge:聽Look back at old pictures of you from high school or college (like this gem from my prom). Are you thinking 鈥渕y god, I was so skinny/clear skinner/prettier/more confident then鈥? Take a second to ask yourself if you felt any of those things then. Chances are you didn鈥檛 and felt weird and awkward and were totally unaware of how awesome you really were. Instead of thinking negatively about these pics, zoom out and think of what your ten years older self would think of you now. Realize that currently you鈥檙e probably more beautiful than you鈥檙e giving yourself credit for, smile, and go about your day with that in mind.

8. The Prank Challenge:聽Pranks don鈥檛 have to be mean to be fun. Try positive pranking for The Prank Challenge. Ding Dong Ditch聽someone by putting a box of Ding Dong cupcakes on their doorstep and ringing the bell and running. 鈥淭P a house鈥 by filling their mailboxes with bags of Tootsie Pops. Put nice notes on peoples鈥 cars聽鈥斅燼nything as long as it鈥檚 nice and just a little silly.

9. The Real Belly Button Challenge:聽Get a marker, googly eyes and some other craft supplies. Use them to make a face on your belly with your navel as the mouth. Use your hands to make that face, lip sync your favorite song and Snapchat or DubSmash it聽to your friends. If that doesn鈥檛 make you/them laugh, nothing will.


10. The Giggle Challenge: Grab a buddy or a group of buddies and stand facing each other. Making eye contact, start laughing the biggest, fakest, most obnoxious laughs you can. Really go for it. See how long it takes for genuine laughs to come out and do that until your belly hurts.

Which of these challenges would you most want to try? Tell us in the comments and give us some challenges of your own!