Is the lifestyle category something that I can design for myself?

The Lifestyle Practices are the “secret sauce” of the Whole Life Challenge.

They’re the extra effort that makes for a happy life.

The Lifestyle Practices ("LPs") are not something that “must be done for the points”, but as the flexible, beneficial (and infinitely malleable) thing that they are.

Please understand — nutrition, exercise, mobility, hydration, and sleep are all well and good, but your journey is not complete until you’ve found the lifestyle practices that work for you.

Here’s the key info:

  • Lifestyle Practices are exercises in practical mindfulness — guiding you to pay attention to your thoughts, your relationships, and your automatic actions, and to alter them as needed to live a calmer, more connected lifestyle.

  • There are 8 Lifestyle Practices presented during each Challenge. You should think of this as a “survey course” in potential practices, giving you exposure to a variety of different options in areas you haven’t yet explored. In other words, we’re going to show you a bunch of activities that have improved our lives, and invite you to try them.

  • Because each Lifestyle Practice is an invitation, you don’t necessarily need to try each one — but you’ll will still need to perform the Practice of your choice each week to earn your 5 daily points on the Whole Life Challenge scoreboard.

In making your choice of Lifestyle Practice, consider the following advice:

  • Once you choose your Lifestyle Practice for the week, stick with it for 7 days. The Practices can seem difficult (and perhaps odd) at first, and only through sufficient repetition will you begin to see whether each is benefitting you. Don’t give up early.

  • If this is your first or second Whole Life Challenge, try all 8 Lifestyle Practices as presented. This will give you exposure to a variety of approaches to mindfulness, allowing you to properly understand all of the options available to you.

  • If a Lifestyle Practice strikes a nerve, perhaps leading you to reject it out of hand, it may be an indication that you need to try it (rather than put it aside). Some of our profoundest personal realizations have come from pursuing something we “didn’t want to do” — things like meditating, shutting off our phones, and keeping a daily goals journal.

  • The point of the Lifestyle Practices is to find one (or two) that you can bring into real life, beyond the bounds of the Challenge, bringing mindfulness to your ongoing experience. As such, treat each potential Lifestyle Practice as an adventure, and be conscious about how it might fit into your daily routine if you find it properly beneficial.

  • If you’re a Whole Life Challenge veteran, and you’ve adopted a Lifestyle Practice that makes a real difference in your life (or would like to concentrate on turning a single Practice into a habit), feel free to pursue the same Lifestyle Practice every day for 56 days. Or try new Practices for two weeks at a time. Or rediscover the joy of variety by trying all 8. The only criteria for our veterans to earn daily points is that you’re choosing a Lifestyle Practice each week, and you’re keeping with it for 7 days.
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