As we embark on a new month — with recommendations of staying home through the end of April — emerge from your quarantine having accomplished something great. From achieving a whole-house clean-out to pulling off the unimaginable feat of doing the splits, you’re 30 days away from feeling like you’ve really accomplished something despite the circumstances. Select the 30-day challenge you want to embark upon, and then take the steps to make it happen!
Ten 30-Day Challenges to Get You Through April
30-Day Splits Challenge
Cassey Ho, the perky powerhouse behind Blogilates, has a variety of 30-day options. What caught our eye, though, was her 30-day splits challenge, which is several years old, but still do-able. Get a primer and pep talk in this YouTube video on her channel, and then when you’re ready to get started, find her “foundational stretches” and each day’s additional stretch in this handy infographic, which you can also print, HERE. Be sure to watch the video, though, to make sure you get a complete understanding of the challenge, and heed her warning: “Take your time. Flexibility doesn’t come overnight!”
30-Day Phone-a-Friend Challenge
This challenge, which was recommended by StyleBlueprint Nashville’s lead writer, Jenna Bratcher, is designed to encourage connection in the midst of the quarantine. “It’s also a reminder to reach out to some folks we may not have spoken to recently,” says Jenna. So map out your 30 lucky recipients, and reach out and touch someone. If you want to kick it up a communication notch, forgo the phone call and opt, instead, to Facetime or Skype for the added personal connection. For an added element of fun, share a photo of your call on social with #Phoneafriendchallenge.
30-Day Brain Training Challenge
Download a brain-training app, like Lumosity or Happify, and use it for 30 straight days to see what sort of positive impact it can make on your daily outlook. According to Lumosity, using the app with regularity will help you find “greater relaxation, focus, and sleep.” What do you have to lose? Do a quick Google search for “brain training apps” and check out your options.
30-Day Gratitude Challenge
Perhaps now more than ever, we need to focus on the positive and count our blessings when we can. Start every day this month by writing down one thing for which you are thankful. There are apps you can download to receive daily reminders (Gratitude Happiness Journal and Grateful are both highly rated), or you can keep a journal of your own. Either way, by starting the day with a positive focus, it will set the stage for the rest of your day. And after 30 days, perhaps it will become a habit …
30-Day Minimalism Challenge
We love the idea of cutting the clutter — both literal and figurative — to get to the things that mean the most to us. That’s the idea behind this 30-Day Minimalism Challenge from Anuschka Rees, a German blogger. She outlines the tasks and mentality behind the challenge and offers a free downloadable worksheet HERE.
30-Day Sobriety Challenge
We know, we know. We’ve seen the “Shut up, Liver” meme — and we get it. But what if you embraced the sober quarantine lifestyle? If you’re interested in giving it a go, check out The Alcohol Experiment, which challenges sober-curious people to find out the answer to this question: Would my life be happier if I was drinking less? Since we suspect there will be all types of celebrating going on post-COVID, now’s the perfect time to give this one a go. Click HERE to register.
30-Day REBOOT Challenge
30-Day Journaling Challenge
Whether you’ve always wanted to become a better writer or you simply want to document what life is like in this extraordinary time, consider a month of journaling. Pick a specific time and place in which to hole up each day, and set a timer for your desired amount of time, and get to writing — whatever comes out is great. Or perhaps start work on the novel that’s been crowding your headspace for too long. Use Google Docs or a plain old notebook. Either way, be purposeful in this time well-spent.
30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge
Since you’re (hopefully) not leaving the house for the next 30 days, go ahead and spend some time sprucing it up and giving it a solid spring cleaning. We spotted this easy-to-follow challenge over at Mother’s Niche. Tackling one thing a day will quickly add up to a clean and happy home!
30-Day Self-Care Challenge
Since you’re not getting your mani/pedi, and your roots are likely starting to show, give yourself a little pick-me-up each day to get you over this hump. Make a list of all of the things that bring you joy, make you feel pretty or give life to your day, and then map them out for the next 30 days. Paint your nails, paint a picture, or just paint on your makeup and get dressed up. Investing in yourself for the next 30 days can make all the difference as we all move through this time separately — but together.
Stay well, friends, and good luck!