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About a year ago I gave myself a One Month Personal Challenge. I wrote down 6 things that I wanted to do each day that I knew would help me become the best version of myself and just improve my life as a whole.
It started out as just a one-month challenge. But once I started doing it, I couldn’t stop. I started seeing all the amazing benefits, and my life improved so much that I ended up doing it for about a year straight.
You can see that list below:
So why did I choose these 6 things?
This one should be quite self-explanatory. There are so many benefits that come from drinking more water. Your body is about 60% water, and when you don’t get enough your body suffers.
I could go on and on with the benefits, but I think this one doesn’t need much explaining.
You don’t necessarily need to drink a whole gallon of water every day, but you should try to drink at least double the amount that you currently do. I chose a gallon for myself because it gets pretty hot here in Arizona and I am a pretty active person. I would say to aim for at least 64 oz of water a day. You will be amazed at all of the benefits that come with it.
You should also try to cut out other liquids such as soda, energy drinks, coffee, etc. These drinks are full of sugar and can actually dehydrate you.
I know most of you will hate this one. I still struggle with getting myself to take cold showers because hot showers just feel so damn good.
Although there are a lot of proven health benefits that come along with cold showers, this is not why I chose to do this.
The reason I chose to challenge myself with taking cold showers every day is to increase my willpower.
What do I mean by this? If you can get yourself to take a cold shower in the morning this will start your day off so well. When you take a hot shower first thing in the morning you are doing something that gives you comfort and pleasure. It tends to relax you.
But if you were to force yourself to take a cold shower, you will do something you didn’t really want to do and this will allow you to do more things that are good for you throughout the day that you don’t really feel like doing.
For me, when I take a cold shower in the morning, I am more alert and energetic. I am proud of myself that I forced myself to do this unwanted thing and then this persuades me to eat a healthier breakfast and go to the gym. I put myself on this wave of doing things that benefit me. I allow myself to have the willpower to do what is best for my life.
A little pro tip; if you can’t get yourself to just hop in to a cold shower, start it off a little warm, get in, and slowly decrease the temperature throughout the shower.
This one-month challenge is one of the things that actually started me on this whole vegan/plant-based journey. And to be honest this was the best choice I ever made.
I know most of you hate hearing about all this vegan talk so I’m going to keep this one short. For those of you who are interested in this one, I have a lot of other posts about this diet and lifestyle.
Food/diet is the most important thing in one’s life. You truly are what you eat. Once I cut out animal products and processed food in general, my health and life absolutely skyrocketed. My energy levels were through the roof and I have felt so amazing ever since.
If you don’t want to go vegan, at least try to incorporate more plant-based foods in your diet. Eat more natural, whole foods and cut out processed foods as much as possible. You will be blown away by how much better you feel.
I talk about meditation a lot and I’m sure all of you keep hearing this word. Meditation is a very broad term, and there are a lot of different ways to meditate.
But honestly meditation is one of the best things you can possibly do to improve your life.
We tend to get stuck in our minds. We overthink and over analyze everything and create so many problems in our heads that don’t actually exist in the real world.
Meditation is the key to releasing all of these problems and calming your mind and it allows you to find your true self.
I like to look up guided meditations on YouTube or use apps such as Headspace. Just start out slow. Even 5 minutes a day can change your life drastically.
This is another one that is pretty self-explanatory. Exercising daily improves your life immensely.
I could talk about all of the benefits, but instead I will talk about how to motivate yourself.
Convincing yourself to exercise is the hardest part of exercising. But once you’re at the gym or wherever you work out, it’s pretty easy to get into the groove of things.
The one thing that helps me is I don’t tell myself “I have to work out,” instead I tell myself “I get to work out.” By this, I mean I think about all of the people who are disabled or simply just aren’t allowed to do active things. This allows me to have appreciation of my life and my body and I motivate myself by thinking about how grateful I am to have an opportunity to improve myself.
**A lot of people are scared to work out because they are embarrassed and are scared of being judged. But you have to remember that we all have to start somewhere. Don’t compare yourself to the guy with big muscles or the fit girl with the rocking body. Those people started out skinny or overweight as well.**
Remind yourself that you will NEVER have your dream body if you don’t start working on it. The best time to start is RIGHT NOW.
Do Not Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else’s Ending. We All Have to Start Somewhere
The last thing on my list is No Fap. For those who aren’t familiar with this term it just simply means no masturbation.
Time to get a little personal here. I went a full year without masturbation or sex. To some of you this may sound crazy or sad or whatever. But honestly it improved my life so much. My energy levels were out the roof and my confidence and willpower were all improved immensely.
Masturbation, but more importantly porn, is very toxic. When watching pornography, you set standards in your mind and this can be very detrimental to your life. Pornography has a lot of other negative effects on your life but I won’t get in to that here.
I got the inspiration for No Fap from a YouTube video I watched awhile back. I don’t recall the name of the video but I do remember a very important thing that was stated.
He said how when you achieve something, you get a dose of dopamine. And for men our two instincts are to survive and procreate. Since our goal is to survive to procreate then we are very attracted to the idea of having sex with women and this act releases a lot of dopamine. But when we just watch porn and masturbate, we get that release of dopamine and it just seems so achievable and we trick our brain into thinking that something this ecstatic is very easy to achieve. So soon our brain is tricked in to thinking that very fulfilling things are very easy to achieve. So then we believe we have to use no effort to achieve things. This causes us to be lazy and take shortcuts.
So, when you undergo no fap you train your brain to see that these things are not easily obtainable and we actually have to work for fulfilling things. And this allows you to have more energy and motivation to achieve these things.
So basically when you cut out porn and masturbation, you cut out this very toxic form of euphoria. You train yourself to have to work harder to achieve things that feel good.
This challenge I presented myself changed my life for the better. These are just 6 basic things. There was a lot of other things I was doing as well. If you want to go on this journey of self-care and self-improvement I suggest making your own list of challenges. Try it for one week, one month or whatever. I promise you will see amazing benefits and you will want to continue working on yourself and eventually you will become the best version of yourself.
Good luck, you got this.