The #Blessed30 Challenge That Will Change Your Life

Transform your life from stressed to blessed.

The #Blessed30 Challenge That Will Change Your Life

The #Blessed30 Challenge translates to 30 days of positive and joyful living. With the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day it can be hard to remember how blessed all of us are. A lack of faith and gratitude can impact us physically and mentally in a major way. Throughout the month, rediscover how to attract the happiness and peace that you crave and deserve with the help of DeVon Franklin, Priscilla Shirer, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, and Pastor Carl Lentz.

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Start Each Day With a Gratitude List

By actively feeling grateful on a daily basis, you will release feelings of jealousy, disappointment, and anxiety, and instead usher in feelings of joy, contentment, and optimism. For example, rather than being so annoyed that you have to stop for groceries on the way home, think instead about how wonderful it is that you can afford groceries and are able to cook yourself a healthy meal.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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