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“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey
Over the course of history, and even in the present, women have faced various challenges daily. To overcome these challenges, these women adapt, learn and stay persistent.
Have you ever been told there’s something you just cannot do? Have you ever accepted that as the truth?
To be able to face challenges with a brave face and strong heart, it all starts with getting into the habit of challenging ourselves. As we get used to stepping out of our comfort zone and pushing the limits of what we thought was possible, we enable ourselves to gain confidence and grow into our own person.
That’s the beauty of challenging ourselves – it prepares us for other obstacles that we might later face.
Here are 5 ways you can start challenging yourself today:
1. Teach yourself a new skill you’ve been wanting to learn
What is one skill that you’ve been wanting to learn but haven’t yet taken the first step? Well, now is the perfect time to get started. Maybe it’s learning how to build a website, or maybe it’s picking up a new instrument. It doesn’t have to take long, you can start with 30 minutes a day and work up from there.
2. Commit to a 15 minute morning exercise routine
Some of you might be thinking “Ooh… what? Morning??”
I promise, though, it’s not as daunting as it sounds. All you have to do is wake up just a little earlier in the mornings, and in return, you’ll feel energised and fresh throughout the day. Here are some of my favourite morning videos to feel recharged (and they are all below 20 minutes!)
Get inspired with the Viddsee Originals series: Anatomy of an Athlete, a fitness-led documentary series that focuses on female fitness and empowerment, premiering on 21 July on Viddsee!
3. Pick up a notebook and make it your personal journal
The great thing about having your own journal is that you can pen whatever you like. As we put our thoughts, experiences, hopes and dreams down onto a piece of paper, we begin to unravel a side of ourselves we’ve yet explored. It is a journey of self-exploration, and also a healthy way to relieve stress.
4. Put down your phone and unplug from technology for a one whole day
Ah, technology! It has become so embedded into our daily lives that it is difficult to recall the last time we spent a full day without it. After all, why would we? As it turns out, disconnecting ourselves from technology (smartphones, laptops, and yes, even television) once a week has multiple benefits – from rewiring our brain to improving relationships.
To read more about the benefits, check out this article by Meimei Fox, author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. Are you ready to unplug?
5. Do one thing that you scares you each day
In 1960, former first lady of the US, Eleanor Roosevelt, published a book called ‘You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life’.
In it, she wrote :
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
This is a personal favorite point of mine. Though undoubtedly the most challenging, facing our fears is also by far the most rewarding.
As we strive towards a world that treats all genders equally, there may be challenges we encounter. By getting used to pushing our boundaries, however, perhaps we too will be able to overcome them with a brave face and strong heart.
At #fACE, we believe in challenging ourselves and motivating each other. For more activities, check out #fACE lesson plans, or participate in our TikTok #FitnessChallenge upcoming in July!
Learn more about #fACE at www.viddsee.com/c/face.
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