October's Healthy Challenge!
When we think of the word health, we usually think of our physical health. This month we'll be working on our mental health! It's just as important to be emotionally healthy as it is to be physically healthy.
This month's healthy challenge is geared to make you be very introspective. You may find that you are drawn toward negative thoughts and actions, and we're challenging you not to go in that direction.
We're going to see if we can help you reach for happiness! No more self-depricating thoughts.
Dates: October 3, 2009 - October 30, 2009
Members will replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Exceptions: Each member is allowed two exceptions to be used as you wish - any reason - two days this month.
What constitutes "negative"? We want to move away from thoughts such as, "I'm so bad, I ate a brownie!" For those of you who know me, you're probably laughing right now because you've heard that phrase A LOT! LOL! We all do it, we chide ourselves for eating something that's not healthy, for not exercising, for forgetting an appointment. We're going to (hopefully) learn the act of forgiving yourself for the minor bumps in the road of life.
How do I change my thoughts? This is the most difficult part of the challenge. It's not easy to change the way you think, or how you react to your thoughts. Here's what I recommend. If you have these thoughts often, practice a daily affirmation such as, "I am smart, I am worthy, I am likeable." I like to follow that up with reality, such as, "I am human." It may seem silly, but trust me on this, in order to change your thoughts, you must first CONVINCE yourself of your positive attributes.
My hope is that by doing this, as the negative, or "I'm bad because..." thoughts enter your mind, by the end of the month there'll be a transformation. When you begin to think the "I'm bad," it will immediately be replaced by either a positive affirmation or turned around with a laugh, "I'm not bad! That cookie was good!"
Member Responsibility: We trust our members. This will work on an honor system, however you will be required to check in to our Healthy Challenges Forum every other day and simply share how you are doing. Tell us if you stumbled, if you were able to turn it around in a particular instance, or even just share a positive affirmation. Remember, this is a positive thoughts healthy challenge, so I hope not to receive posts that say, "I blew it!" Turn that frown upside down! "Today was hard, but tomorrow will be better!"
Support: Want to play but afraid you might not be able to keep up the positive thoughts? Does it sound silly? If you are worried about not being able to keep it up- that's what we're here for. We'll support you the entire way- every step! If you think the challenge sounds silly, you must believe that you already are a very positive person - Please come share your upbeat attitude! After all, you can never have enough friends, or bring enough good cheer to others:-)
We know you can do this!
We believe that, if successful, you'll be surprised at how good you will feel!
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