Looking for a way to change your habits and even impact lives? I have talked about why change is good. Now there’s a way to kick-start changing your habits and have fun at the same time!
It’s called Do Good, Feel Good.
This is a twenty-one day challenge, it has helped me greatly. Why 21 days? Researchers say that it takes at least 21 days to change a habit or for a new habit to become a part of your normal routine.
Do you want to try Do Good, Feel Good? Here are a few suggestions to help get you off to a great start.
1. Sign up for a jogging club and train with friends
Focus on a concrete goal of getting in shape. Organise a team of your own, get some from friends or colleagues to train with you. This will make it easier for you to stick with a new habit.
2. Skip takeaway coffee and donate the money instead
Every day, many of us spend more than we should on takeaway coffee when we could bring coffee from home or grab some the office. The average Briton visits cafés 3 times a week and spend approximately £13.85 per visit.
That’s around £2,160 a year! Instead of buying a latte and muffin on the way to work, put your change in a jar and save it until the end of the month. At the end of the challenge, donate the money you’ve saved to your favourite charity and see how good it feels.
3. Ask your employer to give back
Research shows that volunteering and supporting charities makes people feel happier. It also helps increase employee engagement and satisfaction. These are great reasons to use when you ask your employer to sponsor a local charity. Make a list of community organisations and local charities that would be a good fit for your company’s philosophy or core values. Suggest to your employer how volunteering or raising money for charity could be a great way to improve employee morale. If your company is unable to donate money, perhaps they’ll be amenable to donating time and allow you and your colleagues to volunteer. Every little bit helps!
4. Say goodbye to plastic bags, invest in a reusable bag
Now, more than ever, we see the negative effects of plastic polluting our oceans and ecosystem. One easy way to help reduce the amount of plastic refuse is to opt for reusable options like cloth tote bags when shopping. This is one small step that can help do so much for our environment.
5. Move more – take the stairs
We all get a little lazy from time to time and take the lift or escalator when we could easily take the stairs. Ideally, we should aim to walk 10,000 steps per day to burn up to 500 extra calories per day and keep us fit. Taking the stairs is a great way to get in those extra steps. Plus, it’s a great cardio exercise and it helps increase your core muscle strength. Make it fun. Challenge your colleagues to a stair climb.
The 21-day challenge may be over but that doesn’t mean everything has ended. We’ve all committed to continuing our new habits of moving more and supporting charity. Try it yourself and see how a few small changes can have a positive impact.