Monthly mini challenges: In addition to challenging myself to a low-buy year (big ups to my ‘2020 we have plenty crew) and some form of exercise daily (I like to move-it move-it), I’m attempting a daily healthy habit each month. Matt D’Avella, minimalist YouTuber, did this last year and tried 30 days of things like; intermittent fasting, cold showers, waking up at 5am and no caffeine with some interesting and funny results. So far, I’ve done Yoga-January and am doing Meditation-February. Other habits I’m considering trying are drinking celery juice first thing in the morning and keto-eating. What else do you think I should try? What daily habits do you find helpful?
James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits”, says that the most important thing is to fall in love with the habit and not the result as the result may not be visible for months or even years after we begin the habit. You don’t notice your body looking well fit after 1 workout for example. Still, it’s a good idea to start with a manageable amount of time and give them a trial run one habit at a time. Some may even stick around for longer than a month and may led to other things. I stopped drinking initially for a Dry July and after I felt crap detoxing, I slowly felt better overall and got the confidence and energy to improve my diet and fitness. This is what Clear calls habit stacking.
The lovely Yoga with Adriene created and shared a 30-day yoga journey called Home in January on her YouTube channel. This was a great way to start the year and to track my progress as I was notified every day when the video was released. Ideally, habits are best built at a regular time but as it was the holidays, my schedule varied and some days I practised in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings.
The length of the videos varied from 15 to 40 minutes and were sometimes quite physical and other times more relaxing. I didn’t always feel like doing it, especially when it was super-hot or when I was tired after work but I always felt better for it. Adriene tells her community ‘to find what feels good’ and says ‘some days rolling out your yoga mat is enough’ which is encouraging and I reminded myself of this when I felt resistance but once I started, I was able to complete the video.
I am going to continue doing daily yoga but with the smaller commitment of 5 minutes a day using an app and mostly in the mornings and I’ve been stacking this with my (very well-established) coffee habit as I can do it while the brew-that-is-true brews. Stay tuned to hear how my other mini monthly challenges go!
Love and light and challenger ready xxx Yvette
“12 Habits that changed my life” Matt D’Avella
“Habit Stacking” James Clear
Home – Day 0 – Welcome Home | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene
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Well done Yvette! Soon it will be a dry decade you know… Gladiators READY?? Xx
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Are you not entertained? Thanks 🙏 Gluteus Maximus for reading and cheers 🥂 to sober lyf xoxo
Good habits can definitely be forming in everyday routine….enjoyed yours.
A few ideas i do,
A slow stretch in bed as i wake but before im up
Smell coffee deeply before i taste. Let aroma linger
Walk to work listening to podcasts
Meal plan before i shop. Meal plan the day so i dont eat junk
Daydream of holidays in next 6 months so i can book and look forward to (Grampians for easter yay)
Practive the piano. Its fun
Ask the girls what their favourite thing today was over dinner
Put tech away earlier in night
Read in bed to unwind . Even if only 10 mns a day
Thanks Yvette of the North.
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These are brilliant! Keen to try to sniffing coffee pre guzzle and Yay for Grampians xxx thanks M