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A 30 Day Challenge That Will Boost Your Mood

A 30 Day Challenge That Will Boost Your Mood

A lot is going on in our world right now. It’s hard not to get caught up in the anxiety that comes from all the news, all the cancelled plans, all the uncertainty of the future. If you are in a state of social distancing like many of us are, a 30 Day Challenge might help you appreciate all the good that is still happening around us, while simultaneously forming a new habit that will continue long after life returns to normal.

I first heard about the 30 Day Challenge from ​Matt Cutts’ TED Talk​. In the video, Cutts discusses that doing something for 30 days is just the right amount of time to add or subtract a habit from your life. It’s not too long to wear you down if it is something difficult, but it’s not too short an amount of time that it makes no real impact on your lifestyle. Even if you finish the 30 days and decide you don’t want to add it to your regular lifestyle, you have tried something new!

The 30 Day Challenge could be applied to so many different areas of life — from habits at home to relationships to challenges you could do with your kids — here are a few ideas to help you get started picking one for the next 30 days:

(On the easier side) For 30 days, every day…

1. Take a picture
2. Take a picture of something you’re grateful for
3. Try a new fruit or veggie
4. Do 3 acts of kindness
5. Stretch for 5 minutes when you wake up
6. Write down 5 things you’re thankful for before bed
7. Make your bed before you leave the room
8. Send an encouraging text
9. Write down your dreams in a dream journal

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(Moderately difficult) For 30 days, every day…

10. Walk/run 10,000 steps
11. Watch a TED talk
12. Read for 20-30 minutes (set a timer!)
13. Pay only with cash
14. Eat breakfast
15. Listen to a podcast
16. Eat lunch outside
17. Listen to a new song/artist
18. Take a 15 minute nap
19. Have a conversation with a stranger
20. Make a list in the morning of your daily tasks
21. Do 10 pushups a day
22. Spend 5 minutes reading the same piece of Scripture out loud over yourself (Try Psalm 16, Ephesians 2)

(Definitely a challenge!) For 30 days, every day…

23. Give up fake sugars
24. Go vegan/vegetarian
25. Take a bike ride
26. Cook only at home — don’t go out to eat at all!
27. Try cooking a new recipe
28. Be offline (or as offline as possible!)
29. Collect one thing each day that you will give away/sell at the end of the 30 days
30. Bike to work, bike to the grocery store, or bike to run your errands

Do you plan to try the 30 Day Challenge? Share this article to let us know what you’re adding (or taking out) for the next 30 days!

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