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alive's July 2021 Challenge: Let Go Each Day

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alive's July 2021 Challenge: Let Go Each Day

Hey there, are there any harmful habits or damaging distractions that are weighing you down? Maybe you scroll obsessively through Instagram. Or feel like you *need* a glass of wine each evening to wind down from the day. Or find it impossible to say “no” to anything. When it comes to bad habits, quitting can actually be a very good thing. In July, we challenge you to let go of behaviors that aren’t beneficial to your well-being. From screen time to caffeine to inactivity to alcohol, let go a little each day and enjoy your life with a renewed sense of freedom. As you probably know by now, each week of alive’s 12 Months of Wellness focuses on one mini goal as a stepping stone toward the bigger monthly objective. You’ll find the weekly focuses with key tips below.  

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July 4-10: Break a bad habit

  • Enlist the help of a friend or family member.
  • Identify your triggers, and find better alternatives.
  • Consider therapy.

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July 11-17: Create a worry journal

  • List your worries in a notebook, and then “put them away” when you put the book away.
  • Try it if you’re having trouble turning off thoughts before bed.
  • Develop an action plan to tackle some of your concerns.

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July 18-24: Practice gratitude

  • Once a day, such as upon waking or before bed, reflect upon the things you’re grateful for.
  • Consider creating a “gratitude jar.”
  • Write “thank you” cards or letters and send them.

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July 25-31: Do a digital detox

  • Set limits on your screen time (many social media apps have this feature).
  • If you can, don’t check work emails outside of working hours.
  • Try to avoid screens before bed. Instead, wind down with a cozy routine like a bath and a book.
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