30-Day Challenges To Spruce Up The Pandemic Days

Sheena Joseph | Sep 03 2020
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Most people are in something similar to no-man's-land at the moment. The pandemic is not over yet a lot of people are back to their routine. But no one is free of the precautions needed to prevent the infection of coronavirus. Social distancing and facemasks make a lot of social activities difficult and less enjoyable. Usual leisure activities like going to a movie theatre are not possible. A lot of us are still not confident to dine at restaurants.

Many decided to take on their long-pending projects at the beginning of lockdown. Maybe you are done with your big project. Maybe you didn't have one. Either way, what now?

It is time that you challenge yourself. Here are some 30-day challenges you can try.

It will be a fun experiment. You may learn something about yourself. You may even tackle a goal you have been procrastinating. You may even create a new habit.

1) Photography Challenge

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Textbooks may define photography as the art of light. But it is more than that. It is the art of capturing moments. You don’t have to be a professional photographer or someone interested in photography. Every phone has a decent camera and that is enough to capture one moment a day. 

You can either free fall or go with a plan for this challenge. In the first option, you will be simply taking any photo. The second option will need you to sit down and make a list of 30 items or ideas. It can be anything ranging from your pet and bookshelf to sunshine and coffee steam.

This can also add life to your Instagram. And steer clear of selfies during the challenge.

 2) Journaling Challenge

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Journaling is becoming one of the most popular self-care activities. It is more than brain dumping or planning your life. The form of journaling that is getting the most attention across the world is gratitude journaling. As the name suggests, you write down things that you are thankful for in your journal. 

The goal of journaling is to get you in touch with your emotions. Since no one else is seeing them, you can be entirely honest. A lot of people have said that they have been surprised about their mind work. 

Journaling will also help you come into terms with problems like an identity crisis, fears, inability to let go of the past, and feeling directionless in life. 

You do not need a fancy journal like the ones on Pinterest. You can start writing in a simple notebook. There are many forms of journaling, the most popular one being bullet journaling. You do not have to stick to one format. If you are new to the whole idea, there are many videos on YouTube about journaling.

3) Become A Morning Person

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Waking up early in the morning has many benefits. You get more work done and you have time for healthy activities like working out and eating breakfast and drinking a tall glass of water. 

There is nothing more annoying than running around the house looking for the important file you were working on the previous night and arriving late in the office. 

However, not everyone is blessed with the ability to get out of bed when the sun rises. But the wonderful thing about the human body is that it has a biological clock that can be trained. If you wake up at 6 AM for two weeks, you will not need an alarm to wake up in the morning. 

Unfortunately, there are no tricks for this challenge. However, you can prepare the body for a night of sound sleep so that you do not feel tired when you wake up at 6 AM. Some of these tips are to avoid coffee/tea after 4 PM, go to bed around 11-11.30 PM, keep the room at a comfortable temperature, and find a comfortable pillow.

4) Read Everyday

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Reading is one of the best habits a person can have. The numerous benefits of reading, ranging from knowledge to emotional intelligence will enrich your life.

But, a lot of people find sitting in one place with a book boring. Some simply lack the focus to grasp information. However, none of these shall stop you from reading because no one is asking you to read an 800-page book in a day.

In this 30-day reading challenge, you just have to read every day. There are no other parameters. How many minutes or hours you want to read is up to you. How many pages you want to read or what type of book/books you want to read are also your choice.

Starting with a schedule of 15 minutes a day will be ideal for a new reader. Find a simple book with less than 300 pages for your first read. There are many books that are classics but short. If you are a fan of romance, go for something like 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. If you love poetry, go for books by Nikita Gill or Rupi Kaur instead of trying to read William Wordsworth and Voltaire on your first day.

You may even be surprised how the habit of reading grows on you. Make a note of the time you spent reading to see your growth on the 30th day.

However, if you do not have the patience to read at all, you can explore audiobooks as well.

5) Stop Taking Sugar or Coffee

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This may prove to be the hardest one of all. Which is why you need the challenge to do it. The substance in question does not have to be sugar or coffee. It can be anything that you are addicted to. Your body needs all food groups in moderation. That said, addiction is not good for your mind or body. If you are challenging the habit of taking table sugar, make a list of the food items that you eat regularly, and highlight the ones with sugar. Make sure the list is placed somewhere you will easily see.

You do not have to live without sugar for the rest of your life. This challenge is for you to understand that you can live without sugar/coffee and survive.