30-Day Wellness Challenge

Courtney Rupertus
30-Day Wellness Challenge

Last issue I wrote about spring-cleaning the mind, body, and spirit. I also try to keep my writing as general as possible and not personal. However, since writing that piece, I have decided to wholeheartedly take on a 30-day cleanse for the month of May, and I’d like to share my reasoning behind that, as well as my journey and results.

Starting May 1, I will be practicing yoga everyday and letting go of some poor dietary habits that include: eating processed foods, artificial sugar, and a heavy dependence on coffee and alcohol. I will also be cutting out meat and dairy for the month, even though I have no long-term plans to be anything other than an omnivore. 

 

Some other aspects will include:

Reducing time spent on social media to only an hour a day (including for work).

Increasing my water intake.

Cultivating self-compassion as well as compassion and kindness towards others.

Letting go of perfectionism, comparison, and productivity as self-worth.

 

I don’t know if you have similar feelings to mine, but I feel out of control, I feel out of balance, I feel undernourished, and I feel drained. These are typical feelings for me, and while I understand that cleansing is not a ‘problem-solver’, I also believe that life is an experiment and in the spirit of experimenting, I want to know what happens if I put my mind to something I can actually control: my diet, my level of activity, my breath, and my thoughts.

You may think of a typical cleanse as purely dietary, so perhaps calling it a ‘challenge’ would be better wording. Part of these 30 days will be dedicated to observing how I react to uncontrollable circumstances and the thoughts that follow.

All solutions start with observation, so rather than saying, “I’m not going to think negative thoughts,” which is basically impossible for me to actually follow through with, I will simply observe them and move on. Just because I think something negative does not mean I need to wallow in that same thought process the rest of the day.

I am currently reading, Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, where she writes, “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.”

I am absolutely done with living half a life in the shadows of anxiety, feelings of shame, blame, and powerlessness. I wonder if perhaps some of you out there may feel the same way.

Whether you choose to create or follow a challenge of your own or not, I hope that you can at least feel empowered and that you do have the ability to control some aspects of your life, even when the other half of it is spinning out of control. This is not an inherent skill, but rather one that can be built upon and strengthened daily like a muscle, it simply requires us to show up for ourselves and do the work.