It’s been said good things come in small packages… the Advent Feel Whole challenge has been just that!
This short time commitment of 21 days, and a simple, doable challenge for each of those days, has brought a breath of fresh air into our family.
As a whole, we experienced change together from taking part in the Feel Whole Challenge as a family, and that makes the change so much stronger. The approach to whole health – as opposed to a micro section of health – was very important to us. Health is so much more than just an exercise routine or a strict diet. Sure, those are important facets, but the bigger picture has so many more pieces to the puzzle that is whole health. This Feel Whole challenge caused us to look beyond the “healthy” things we may have heard of or known, and opened our eyes to a much broader, bigger, and better picture of health. A whole life, preventative health approach to wellness on this journey we call life.
Life is meant to be lived, experienced and enjoyed. Within the challenge, we discovered so many different opportunities to engage in preventative health and care for our mind, body and spirit.
It is evident that the three are all connected. Once you engage one, the other is soon to fall in line. Have you ever noticed that before? Maybe you get in a good workout and the high you feel from it leaves you wanting to find a meal a little better for you. Then, you might be more tired that evening, so you have a better bedtime routine, which in turn makes for a better morning… the effect is cyclical. From trying something new to purposely drinking more water to prayer for others – the changes create a ripple effect in your life.
On Day 11, the Feel Whole Challenge was to think of someone you’re grateful for and tell them. Our children wrote notes to send to their “someones.” We received such positive feedback from the individuals who were blessed when they received the notes in the mail. I believed this marked our children in a very powerful and encouraging way. They will remember this small event for a long time to come and hopefully utilize this as a way of impacting their world.
The 21 Day Feel Whole Challenge for Preventative Health with AdventHealth
Day 1 – Plan your challenges.
Day 2 – Get moving and commit to doing something physical daily. (We’ve got a list of fun outdoor activities here.)
Day 3 – Drink more water today (and keep it going through Day 21!).
Day 4 – Pray for someone every day of the challenge.
Day 5 – Share with someone what you’re passionate about.
Day 6 – Buy fresh ingredients.
Day 7 – Organize a space in your house that causes you stress.
Day 8 – Make a healthy meal you have never tried before.
Day 9 – Try a new exercise with a friend. (Click here for a great mom-and-me workout!)
Day 10 – Find a new book to read before bed.
Day 11 – Think of someone you’re grateful for and tell them.
Day 12 – Analyze your bedtime and find ways to sleep better.
Day 13 – Volunteer. (We shared ways to get your kids involved in volunteering here.)
Day 14 – Plant something. (If you need an indoor planter idea, try this DIY hanging planter!)
Day 15 – Listen to music to improve your mood. (Click here for a fun Road Trip Playlist.)
Day 16 – Make someone laugh.
Day 17 – Frame a photo that brings you joy.
Day 18 – Give someone a gift.
Day 19 – Do something you’ve always wanted to try.
Day 20 – Take time to schedule a preventative care appointment.
Day 21 – Reflect on this experience.
This preventative health challenge really made us feel whole and a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. It was a great time to expose our diverse aged children to a concept of mind, body and spirit as a lifestyle instead of a category or some sort of elective course to try in life.