Whether you want to feel healthier, be happier or just try something new, it’s important to keep yourself in check by setting personal goals.
If large or long-term goals seem too daunting, taking up micro-challenges might be just for you. The Cancer Council has devised five micro-challenges to start your day with that will help you on your way to becoming a better you.
For one month, try at least one of the challenges below:
1. Drink up
As soon as you wake up in the morning, have a glass of water. After that, drink another glass at least every other hour. This will help keep you hydrated and feeling refreshed.
2. Establish a sleep schedule
Erratic sleep patterns can leave you feeling flat, so try sticking to the same bedtime and wake-up time every day (including on weekends when you’d rather binge-watch Netflix until the AM). Create a relaxing routine to prepare your body for bed and then make sure your room is darkened for sleep, with all electronic screens switched off.
3. Spice up your diet
Using herbs and spices to enhance the flavour of dishes will reduce the amount of added salt, sugar and saturated fat. Try new recipes that will fill your plate with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
4. Less screen time, more social interaction
Make a concerted effort to connect with people outside of social media and get outside. Every time you have the urge to check for updates or tweets, find something else that’s more productive to do, such as going for a 30-minute walk. A stretch break with a colleague, a phone call to a friend, taking part in a fitness class, or volunteering with others are all ways to foster relationships.
5. Make time for personal projects
Whether it’s writing a novel, redecorating your home or organising a celebration with loved ones, decide why you want to undertake the project and start planning. Set deadlines, seek support, celebrate your achievements and tweak your routine to ensure your success.
The impact of these everyday challenges is cumulative. As time goes by, you may see big rewards and new opportunities, and meet people who add more meaning to your life.
There is no better day than today to start being the best you.
For more information on healthy living and reducing your cancer risk, visit cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.