30 Day Challenges are a great way of implementing new healthy habits in life. They are also a great way to try new things and undertake new challenges without putting too much pressure on yourself. Read on to for suggestions on 30 day challenge ideas for you to try.
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30 Day Challenge Ideas To Try In 2020
If, like so many others, your new year’s resolutions have already become a distant memory and you’re struggling to get back on track, setting yourself a 30 Day Challenge is a fantastic way to regain focus by giving yourself a clear goal to work towards.
In case you’re not familiar with this concept, a 30-day challenge is simply the idea of a small change you can incorporate into your life each day for 30 consecutive days.
30 Day Challenges are a great way of implementing new healthy habits in life. They are also a great way to try new things and undertake new challenges without putting too much pressure on yourself.
When selecting a challenge it’s important to ensure that it isn’t overly strict or impractical. You’re more likely to see the challenge through to the end if it’s not too farfetched! If you try something too drastic, you’ll simply just be living for that 31st day so you can go back to your old habits. Choose something you can actually get excited about!
In case you’re short on ideas of what to do for your 30-day challenge, I’ve compiled a list of different challenge examples to get you started. You can select one, or adopt a new one every month this year. It’s really up to you!
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1. Take Daily Walks
I’ve set myself this challenge for the month of March as I’m now in the last trimester of my third pregnancy and have literally turned into a couch potato! I will be taking a 30-minute walk every day for 30 days and posting daily updates on my Instagram page, feel free to follow my progress there.
You could go for a walk when you wake up, on your lunch break, or in the evening. It’s up to you whether you focus on distance, time, or amount of steps.
2. Eat More Vegetables Or Fewer Sweets
Totally overhauling your diet in one month isn’t very realistic or sustainable, instead why not try switching up the part of your diet that bothers you the most? Whether it’s eating more of healthy food, or less of something else, one small change can make a big difference.
3. Go To Bed Before Midnight
You’ll be surprised how many people don’t do this! Most of us get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night and for the most part it’s our own fault. We can blame a variety of other contributing factors, but more than likely we’re staying up later than we should because of poor time management. Be honest with yourself, and look at what you’re really doing at night when you could be sleeping. We tend to put off going to bed in favour of watching television or scrolling on the internet.
4. Drink Two Litres Of Water Every Day
While it’s recommended that we drink 1.5-2 litres of water every day, the reality is that most of us don’t actually drink enough water. We all know that we should drink water for our health, to increase brain power, lessen body aches and headaches, and improve digestion, but knowledge and applied knowledge are two different things!
There was a time when I would struggle to drink 1 litre of water in a day – 1 litre would actually be on a good day when I was being conscious of my water intake. Once I found out about the 2 litre water bottles that’s when things changed for me. The two litre bottle made it easier for me to track my water consumption as once I’d finished the bottle I had achieved my target for the day.
5. Money Saving Challenge
I love a good money-saving challenge. I’ve already set two so far this year and I’m planning to do a few more throughout the year. The first one was the 1p Money saving challenge where you can save £667.95 in a year. The second was Frugal February Challenge, where I spent the whole month of February living frugally with the goal of saving £250 in a month.
You could also do a challenge where you don’t buy any clothes, or fancy coffees, or crafting supplies. Pick one thing that you think most of your unnecessary spending is on, and cut back on that and you might be surprised how much money you could save after only one month of doing this.
6. Social Media Fast
I did a 21 day social media detox in December and I must say it was a life-changing experience. I disabled all my social media accounts and stopped watching television for 21 days and was the most productive I’ve ever been in my whole life. I’m definitely due another fast soon as I’ve already noticed old habits creeping back in.
Going cold turkey for 30 days may be a bit extreme for you, but if you find yourself being consumed by social media and want to take back control of your time, maybe try limiting your social media consumption to 1-2 hours at a fixed time every day for 30 days.
7. Learn A New Language
My husband is currently teaching our sons how to speak his native Ghanaian language Twi. He spends approximately 15mins with them each morning watching tutorials on Youtube and the boys aged 4 and 1 have already learned so many words.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford to pay for a course. There are so many free resources online for you to learn pretty much any language you want! If this is something you’ve always wanted to do but have never found the time, commit to spending 15-30 minutes every day learning the language. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ve learned at the end of the 30 days.
8. Create A Morning Routine
I wrote a post on this recently called Successful People Do These 8 Things Every Morning. In this post, I spoke about a group of people out there who are able to accomplish a lot in the time between waking up and getting out of the house for work.
If you don’t consider yourself to be a morning person, now may be a good time to become one. Create a realistic morning routine that you can stick to and that will help you start your day right and get the most out of your day. A great book on this subject is Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning.
9. Self-Care Challenge
Taking care of yourself is probably one of the best 30-day challenges you could try. A self-care challenge will mean different things to different people, but the main idea is to take time for yourself.
I think this challenge is especially important for all my mum readers, we spend so much time taking care of our families that self-care tends to drop to the bottom of our priority lists.
Try and do one personal care activity each day. Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing; a mini home manicure/pedicure. Taking a bubble bath, a home facial, exercise, a new colouring book, read a book etc. Whatever you chose, the idea is to block out 30 mins every day for ‘me-time’. Your family will thank you for it!
Ok, this post is getting very long and I still have more 30-day challenge ideas to share. I’ll do a part 2 to this post.
Let me know if you’ve tried any 30-day challenges in the comments section below. Also, let me know if you have any other challenge suggestions that you’d like to recommend.
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