Goals for 2021, Monthly Challenge

February’s Challenge: Mindfulness

My challenge to myself for February is to take care of my mind. A lot of the challenges I make for myself involve caring for my body through exercise or eating. This month I want to dedicate a little time each day to taking care of my mind and my spirit. I am challenging myself to spend at least 10 minutes each day reading, writing and/or meditating.

Before I get started with this new challenge, I want to summarize how my January challenge went. It started off really strong, with me using a new water bottle that keeps my water super cold and encourages me to drink more. I learned a lot about staying hydrated and how to get enough fluids for exercise. It is still a learning process though – I found that towards the end of the month I was really struggling with staying on top of hydration. I was busy at work and feeling like I didn’t have much time at home, either, which made hydration lower on the priority list.

If you joined me in the hydration challenge for January, how did it go? What were some things that you learned? What helped you? What was challenging about it? I would love to hear your feedback – feel free to leave a comment on this blog or my Facebook page.

As far as ideas I have for my next challenge, I want to do some tried and true things like writing in my journal and reading daily meditations. I usually play a version of Sudoku on a regular basis that involves some math, which I feel helps to keep my mind sharpened. I also want to try some new things, too. I am really interested in the guided meditations that Beachbody released not too long ago. I want to try some breathing exercises. I want to read books that I have had sitting around forever and haven’t touched. I want to keep practicing my new “weird hobby” of hand lettering, which can go right along with the journaling and meditation.

What are some activities that you do to help take care of your mind? Are there any games that you play, apps that you use, meditations, books, etc. that you would recommend? Feel free to share your ideas as a comment on this blog or on my Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!

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