From April to April: My One-year Challenge for Health & Happiness
Steps for Creating a Sustainable Well-being
This April, I am starting my one-year challenge for health and happiness. On the way, I will be sharing my progress (or failures) with you. It will be a real test to see how the travel will affect my good intentions.
I hope, this way you can follow your own path for creating better lifestyle; a lifestyle that will make you feel better in your skin and reduce all the factors that cause you feel unhappy.
I am a person who has a relatively healthy lifestyle. I’m always careful about what I eat and try to get enough sleep. However, like all other people, I have my sins. And this reflects on my physical and mental well-being.
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The most visual way to see the results of these “sins” is my skin. It’s my weak place. My skin shows me when I eat too much sugar, stayed too long at front of my computer or had too much sun. My skin is the radar that shows me when I went overboard. I suspect that things like sugar and coffee make my genetically sensitive skin even more sensitive. This challenge is an experiment to see if this is true.
The second problem I want to target with this challenge is connected with the (almost) constant pain I have in my back. Due to the endless sitting hours in front of my laptop, I don’t have enough exercise and don’t spend significant time outdoors.
My third challenge is to stop the coffee. Yes, the coffee. For years, my day had started with a cup of good, strong, black coffee. And during the day, sometimes I had two or three more of these. One of the reasons I want to stop the coffee is that it adds an additional feel of stress to my already stressful life. The other reason is that I really feel “addicted” to coffee. I want to gain my freedom back. I know the good feel of this. Many years ago, I stopped smoking. It wasn’t easy but it was totally worth it. The feel that you don’t need a cigarette to feel better is an amazing revelation when you are finally cured of your dependence. Now, I have to face the coffee in the same way.
“Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever.” Greg Anderson
Please, understand me well. I am not planning to go too far. I believe in moderation. The elements I included in my challenge are very personal and targeting my problems. If you decide to do your own one-year challenge for health and happiness, analyze your own needs and create the elements of the challenge according to them, without taking extreme steps. Extremes are not good!
So, what are the challenges I will face during this one year?
8 Elements of the One-year Challenge for Health and Happiness
1 Stop the coffee. Instead, I will be drinking green tea.
2 Stop consumption of sugar. Only fruits will be allowed, in moderate quantities.
3 Gluten free (I have a gluten intolerance).
4 From the dairy products, only yogurt and cottage cheese will be included in the diet.
5 Short cycles of exercises will be part of my everyday life. I don’t have time to go to the gym and I’m doing these at home. My main challenge here will be to make these regular. No excuses anymore!
6 Yoga once a week – attending a class or alone at home, doesn’t matter. The point is to work on the flexibility and strength of my backbone.
7 I spend too much time working in front of my computer. It doesn’t help my well-being despite that it is a nice sense to have your work well done. Reducing screen time and increasing book reading time will be an important program of this challenge for me.
8 Meditation, why we don’t do it more often?! I have experienced the good results of meditation but don’t have the discipline to do it regularly. As a writer and person with a great imagination, my mind is always busy contemplating ideas and possibilities. To declutter our minds is to make a place for the sense of happiness.
In addition to these eight points, I will try sleeping enough, even when I travel. Will do efforts to meet more often friends and go out and have a better social life. Blogging and writing are a little bit lonely jobs, and with the time a person gets comfortable in this way of life. But it shouldn’t! So, I promise myself to find time to be with people I love and respect more often.
What about you? What are the obstacles to your well-being? Are you a smoker or maybe your job is very stressful? Are you happy with your eating habits or maybe you need more time for yourself? I dare you to create your own one-year challenge for health and happiness! Make a list of the things you want to change your lifestyle and let’s do this journey together!
P.S. I hope my challenge and the experience that I will gain along the way, will help you with inspiration and ideas. I really want you to make everything possible to create a lifestyle that makes you happy but also keeps you healthy.
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