With the spread of Covid-19 and the inherent lock-down of economies around the world a lot of us have a lot more free time. Whether you have been let go from work or are now working from home, you have more time now to look after yourself than ever before. Have you always wanted to get in shape? Do you suffer from Mental Health issues? Do you want to get a head start on life?
The best way to do this is to get a head start on your day or at least this is what I have been told. I have read from so many sources that daily routines are the way to improve your health, wealth and happiness. I have researched these routines and came up with 8 things I am going to do for the next 14 days and see what difference it makes.
The first routine is Cold Shower and Breathing each morning. I have been reading and researching the work of Wim Hoff, “The Iceman”. He got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His accomplishments include “climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes”. These achievements are crazy! He has fascinated me with his unique thinking. Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind is something I am going to try. Even if I am going to start with only a 30 cold shower!
The next routine is to Exercise every day. Either a 5 km run or some HIIT home work outs. I always feel better after doing some exercise but sometimes don’t find the time. With the fact that I am working from home now everyday and the clocks have just gone forward for the summer, I don’t have that excuse anymore. A little bit everyday is the aim. I have also booked in a Run Call with a couple of my friends. We usually go for runs once or twice a week but with the new Lock-down measures we can’t so we have decided to ring each other at 12:30 am and go for our lunch time run over the phone. Ill let you know how it goes!
This next routine is something that I have always told myself I would get into the habit of but again never found the time. Journaling/blogging is something I have never thought I was very good at. I wasn’t good in school or in college so I got out of the habit of it but I actually enjoyed doing it. So for the next 14 days you will be getting a blog post from me on this site.
Develop a Vision Board and review everyday. I will go the old fashioned way of taking cut outs form magazines/newspapers etc and pasting them onto a board. I will place it somewhere I can see it every day (I’m thinking the wall in my bedroom at the moment). I will review my vision board every morning when I wake up so that my goals are ingrained into my thinking for the day. I will also review it every night before I go to sleep so my brain can think of my goals in my subconscious mind while I sleep. While I am reviewing my goals I will say aloud my Daily Affirmations to focus my mind further on what I want to achieve.
Fasting for 16 hours a day is going to be my next routine. This sounds drastic but its really achievable. I can have my first meal at 10 am and last at 6 pm. I have done this before and have found for me it gives me more energy, helps with weight loss and stops me eating rubbish food just before bed.
Meditation is something that has helped me before and I want to get into the habit of doing it again. It slows down my crazy over active brain which is what I need sometimes. I’ll start by doing some guided meditations from YouTube and then venture out on my own when I build up my confidence and skill again.
The final two elements to the 14 Day Challenge is Reading Every Day. Whether this is an educational book or not doesn’t really matter for me at the moment. I just want to get back into the habit of doing it. The other is listening to good Podcasts. So if you guys have any recommendations please let me know.
If you guys have some free time for the next two weeks here is my 14 day challenge that I am starting tomorrow 30/03/2020. Give it a go too!!
- Cold Shower and Breathing
- Vision Board & Daily Affirmations
- 16 hour fasting
- Read everyday
- Listen to good Podcasts