Have you been considering some New Year’s goals for 2021? Maybe something to help you feel better after the chaos of 2020 and the pandemic? Well, an easy way to commit to those goals successfully is with a 30-day Challenge.
A 30-Day Challenge is a strategy to help you implement healthy new life habits. In a comfortable period of 30 days, it can help you try new things and new challenges without putting too much pressure on yourself. Many challenges help improve your physical health, your financial situation, or your mind. Others exist for spiritual, religious, or overall challenges and your personal goals as well. These all carry a number of options, but we will look at a physical, financial, and mental challenge today.
Let’s start with a 30-Day Challenge for your physical health. You may assume that I will toss out a challenge about what you eat or how much you exercise. Well, there is something even better that helps your overall well-being and is very simple to initiate over a 30-day period. Drink more water! It’s so easy to grab that extra cup of coffee or soda early in the afternoon. So few of us drink enough plain water every day, which is what we all need to help keep our bodies running properly. By improving your hydration many simple updates are available, from clearer skin to better digestion.
Next, a 30-Day Challenge for your mind includes simple things outside your traditional routine that help reduce stress or anxiety. An easy thing to help with your mental health, and reduce stress and anxiety, is to practice meditation. Luckily, this is a practice that does not require a lot of time and also provides you some quiet and relaxing time to yourself. This practice is very easily learned and helps to manage your thoughts while calming you in a short period of time. Many meditation techniques can be found online and easily remembered.
And finally, a financial 30-Day Challenge is easily practiced by everyone, even while we are all here at home as the pandemic continues. Try going “cash only” weekly for 30 days. At the beginning of the week make an ATM withdrawal for all your expenses. Leave your debit and credit cards at home, and you won’t be able to whip them out and spend over and over again. The key to this is, once it’s gone, it’s gone! You have to live without the cash until the beginning of the following week. It becomes easier to manage your spending as you know when and how much money you are using.
With these three actions, you have the option to make a few small life improvements over the period of 30 days. The most important thing about these challenges is that they are the types of things that become a regular part of your life as you practice it constantly.