What if you did something this year to create a set of new, healthy, and positive habits? What if, rather than a long list of resolutions (that you most likely have already forgotten by now) you would divide your energy, time and focus to create new daily routines – one at a time?
I am aware that the time it takes to form a new habit depends on its difficulty and not simply on doing it an x number of days. Getting yourself used to drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning may take less than 30 days, but incorporating a more challenging task into your daily life usually takes a lot longer. According to science, it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit, but this number is not magical: The study referred to in the article by BrainPickings showed great variation according to the difficulty of the new habit.
That being said, I love 30-day challenges. I think they are a great way to try things out and see if they worth making the effort to turn them into new habits. I did this last year with a 30-day vegan challenge and plan to do the same this year with various fitness-/health-/happiness-related things.
To kick the year off, I decided to embark on a 30-day yoga challenge. In fact, I started in December with Lesley Fightmaster‘s Yoga Fix 90, 90 days of yoga videos of about 30 minutes each that combines stronger types of yoga – such as ashtanga, cardio and HIIT classes – with restorative days of stretching and meditation.
At the beginning of the month, I will write about the new challenge I am embarking on. At the end, I will look back and report on the impact the change made in my life.
Several ideas I have for challenges are 30 days of eating without salt, 30 days of writing for half an hour, 30 days of doing something kind to a stranger, 30 days of eating without added sugars, 30 days of reading for at least half an hour, or 30 days of taking cold showers only. However, I would love to hear ideas you may have. Anything related to fitness, health, wellness or happiness is welcome, so please drop a line in the comment section with your suggestions.
Back to the yoga challenge. While I hope to get stronger and more flexible by practicing yoga daily, it is even more important for me to feel more relaxed and energized. I hope doing yoga will help me to live more mindfully and feel calmer. I doubt that 30 days of yoga can give me the desired results and am therefore planning to continue at least until I finish the Yoga Fix 90, but who knows what changes I might experience in just one month?