Hey there, did you move more in February? The alive team got pretty into it. Here are a couple of heartfelt takeaways from our crew.
“The Feb challenge for me has been about making a commitment to my mat. A commitment to having the mat unrolled by 5 am, and doing something (anything) each day … Just getting the mat out, having it stare at my while I sipped my coffee, was the small action I needed to get moving. Feeling fab and my heart is thanking me!” – Nina, alive’s associate publisher and resident early riser
“I started going to the gym consistently this year and upped the ante in February. It’s definitely made me feel a lot healthier (and sore) and even helped diminish my cravings for fast food (mostly).” – Fraser, alive editor
Next up? In March, we challenge you to start a meditation practice. Praised by Silicon Valley CEOs and charismatic TV personalities alike, meditation is an amazing tool for productivity and stress relief (something we could all use a little more of). Yet many of us still haven’t tapped into its proven benefits because, well … meditation just isn’t our thing.
Here’s your chance to replenish your body and mind with daily moments of meditation. Take it slow, and focus on finding the joy in stillness.
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. You can also download, screenshot, or print out our PDF calendar with daily to-dos.
February 28-March 6: Enjoy meditative activities
- Adopt a calming hobby, like knitting, jigsaw puzzles, or coloring.
- Listen to music that helps relax you.
- Journal about your day, your dreams, or reasons why you’re grateful.
March 7-13: Focus on your breath
- Learn how to breathe mindfully, and practice this throughout the day.
- End your day and get ready for bed with some calming breathing exercises.
- Consider incorporating conscious breathing during your exercise routine (yoga is a great way to do this!).
March 14-20: Explore different styles
- Get familiar with guided versus unguided meditation, and try each.
- Create your own personal mantra, or choose one from the pros, and meditate to it.
- Try an online meditation class, or follow along with a YouTube video or podcast.
March 21-27: Develop a routine
- Designate an area of your home for meditation, and make it your own sanctuary.
- Download and use a meditation app like Headspace to help keep you on track.
- Personalize a meditation routine that works for you: perhaps morning or evening?
March 28-March 31: Stay mindful
- Bring mindfulness into the kitchen and dining room: notice and savor the colors, smells, and textures of food.
- Practice your breathing exercises in stressful parts of your day, like your commute or in lineups.
- Find a quiet place to meditate in nature.