Awesome Challenges for a Fruitful November!
November 2020 – what a different November this will be!
As lockdown was announced last weekend, we were advised that lockdown would stay in place until 2nd December. So we have got a whole month in front of us and there are a number of ways in which we can approach it. We can simply use the time to rest, relax and recharge our batteries, or we can also set ourselves a challenge or two. During lockdown we may have stopped doing things we normally do, so it’s really important to do things that take up the slack and bring yourself some comfort.
A Perfect Opportunity
This shorter lockdown period could be the perfect opportunity to form some new habits that have been whirling around on your mind for ages, but you have never got round to. If you are in a situation of being bored and stuck at home, it’s the perfect time to develop some personal growth and a challenge or two.
A New Habit
Research says that it takes about 30 days to form a habit, so this November could be the perfect opportunity to make, or break, a routine. This could be anything from starting a new hobby or carrying out an occasional activity that helps to relax you and gives you a sense of purpose
Challenge 1 – Light
It’s important for people to get some fresh air and some light, so my first challenge is to try to get outside every day for at least 30 minutes and get some vitamin D.
Challenge 2 – Learn Something New
Learn something new. This could range from learning a new skill, such as making jam, or learning to play an instrument right through to studying for an online degree or a creative writing course for beginners. Aim to work at your new skill for an hour every day.
Challenge 3 – Reading
Start your very own reading bucket list, we all wish we had more time for reading, and now’s your opportunity. Think about all the books that you have been meaning to read and put them into a priority list. Try to read a chapter every day.
Challenge 4 – Meditation
Meditation. Try for at least 10 minutes every morning, (and evening as well if you can manage it). You may find one of the excellent apps that are around, Calm or Headspace for example, helpful.
Challenge 5 – Acts of Kindness
Acts of kindness. If you have been looking for ways to help others then now is the time. With so many people struggling through the pandemic there are loads of ways you can help out. By just doing one small act of kindness every day you can make a huge difference.
I wish you luck with your challenges
Whatever you choose to do, remember the most important thing is to get started – get into a routine and make time for what is important to you. Before you know it, December will be upon us with all the fun and excitement of Christmas, and you’ll look back at November with deep appreciation for all that you have achieved.
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