My goal for 2021 has to become a better person. Part of becoming a better person has been to become a healthier person. I don’t just mean physically, but mentally as well. As I have started my own business, I needed to learn how to stop avoiding my mental health triggers. I have had to learn how to reshape my thinking into WANTING to take those challenges on, so I can rise above.
I have spent the beginning of the year pushing myself through some crazy challenges. They can be intense, but they have also been working for me.
There are a lot of self-improvement challenges out there, and while I would certainly say they have made a good impact on me, those challenges are TOUGH. Also, I’ve noticed they are still embedded in the “gym bro” culture, which is not me AT ALL!!
With recent conversations, I have been discussing the challenge I have been in and discussing doing my own version. Mine is less intense, but I promise it still won’t be easy.
This brings me to the 60-day mental health & wellness challenge
The challenge will begin on Monday, March 8th, and will run through Friday, May 7th.
The goal of this challenge is to get a group together of people who really want to push themselves to better themselves.
This is NOT a weight loss challenge. This is also not a competition.
This is a challenge for yourself, with a community of people to help encourage you, hold each other accountable, and share our daily stories and struggles.
I want us all to use these 60 days to really reach inside to figure out what you want in life, what our personal goals are, and what our challenges are, and how to overcome them.
Everyone is different, but we will be in this together
Again, this is not meant to be a weight-loss competition. Now, with the challenges you go through, a physical transformation is likely to happen if you STICK with it…
…BUT the most important thing here is the mental transformation. You will have days where you really have to push yourself to accomplish these tasks. When you do, it feels great. For me, getting through the daily tasks helps motivate me to take on bigger tasks in my life and business.
Your goals will not be the same as everyone else, and that’s ok.
Some of you may actually want to do this for the fitness aspect, and that’s perfectly fine. Some of you may be more focused on the mental side, and that’s also perfectly fine.
Below are the rules, and I will explain each in detail.
The 60 Day challenge Rules:
- Exercise for 45 minutes a day
- This can be any form of exercise, such as weight lifting, circuit training, walking, cardio machines, swimming, yoga, stretching, etc. The goal is to stay active. Staying active is important for your health. Your mental and physical health are so deeply connected, that staying active can really help you feel better.
- You MUST workout every day for 60 days!! There will be many days that you won’t want to do this, but that’s part of the challenge. Pushing yourself to do this will help you feel a sense of accomplishment. Also, for the early morning people like myself, knocking out a workout before the workday really helps set my mood in the right place for the rest of the day.
- Read or listen to self-improvement or positive books, audiobooks, or podcasts daily
- A challenge I have been a part of only allows for reading 10 pages of a physical book a day. I get the idea of that challenge, but I would rather give people an opportunity to embrace this challenge with a medium they prefer. If you are not much of a reader but love podcasts, there are some good ones out there worth listening to.
- The books/podcasts need to be related to self-improvement, business development, fitness, or mental health.
- 10 Minutes of meditation daily
- Meditation can sound intimidating for some people, but I promise you it isn’t. For me, I meditate 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. I use the Calm app, and I set a timer with some background noise. There are also guided meditations on there as well, which are great for beginners. That app has plenty of free options, and I highly recommend it.
- Meditation has been so important in my mental health recovery. I struggle with anxiety, so taking the time to calm my mind has really helped me get control over that. I also will do quick meditations and breathing exercises throughout the day to help calm my mind, especially during a hectic day.
- Follow an eating plan and sticking with it
- This might sound counterintuitive to the fact that this IS NOT supposed to be a weight loss program. I still stick with that statement. HOWEVER, the food you eat can greatly impact your mental health, and of course your physical health.
- I am not here to tell you which plan to follow or how to eat. Find something that works for you and stick with it. I do suggest avoiding fad diets. In fact, avoid diets altogether. Make this about a journey of developing lifelong habits. Diets never last, but setting up good habits can stick with you.
- I personally will just be using the MyFitnessPal app. It is free, and it’s a great way to track your daily nutrition. You can set your personal goals in there, and it calculates your intake, daily exercise, etc, and will show you at the end of the day how you will progress over 5 weeks if you stick with it.
- Give up a vice (and I highly recommend alcohol)
- I gave up drinking at the end of May 2020, and that has made a huge impact on my physical and mental health. I am not telling you that you HAVE to give up drinking, but you HAVE to give up a vice. It could be alcohol, smoking, candy, soda, overspending, etc.
- I never said this challenge would be easy. The goal here is to really push yourself out of your comfort zone into making healthier life choices. It won’t be easy at first, but I promise you that once you reach a certain point, your outlook might be different on that vice and you may not want to return. However, if you do return to it after the challenge, that’s ok. I imagine many of you will drink again after the challenge ends, and that’s OK. But if that is what you give up for 60 days, you may be surprised to see how you feel by the end.
- Journaling & Sharing in the Facebook Group
- Yes, there is a facebook group (The link is at the end of this blog). This is about community, so this is where we will interact. The goal here is to introduce yourself, then post daily in the group. Yes, I am asking you to post daily. That is the best way we can keep each other accountable.
- What should you post? It can be a daily selfie with a quick blurb about your day. You can also skip the selfie if you want (but I recommend taking them for yourself) and just share your struggles or success stories. We can also use this to share what we are doing for our challenge, the books we are reading, etc.
Why do this particular challenge?
To be honest, there are other great challenges out there to transform your life, but as I mentioned earlier, they are EXTREME! The problem with extreme challenges is that they don’t really teach or encourage long lasting habits, at least not for everyone. This challenge won’t be easy. If it was easy, it would not be a challenge.
But the goal here is to develop habits that we can stick with even after the challenge ends. After pushing yourself to complete the goals every single day for 60 days, we will all hopefully feel better. Hopefully we will feel a little more empowered and encouraged to take on our issues and tasks head on, instead of avoiding them.
To get started…
I highly recommend writing down what your goals are for the challenge. Maybe start by writing out issues you are dealing with currently, or things you may not know how to deal with. Write out the person you want to be, or the business you want to own, etc. Remember, it isn’t about that end goal, but the progress you make along the way.
How can I join?
Simple – join our facebook group here: facebook.com/groups/60daysofwellness
Introduce yourself to the group. Share a photo, tell us a little about your story, and your goals for this challenge. This is a moment of vulnerability, but it will be a safe place. I have rules in place, and trolls of any kind will be banned.
I will post in their daily leading up to the challenge on March 8th, with different recommendations for books, podcasts, apps, exercises, etc. You can also feel free to do the same.
So, are you willing to take the challenge? If so, we would be happy for you to join us!!