For some years now I’ve been putting myself to the test with the 30 Day habit experiment. It means you can create any new habit, or get rid of bad ones in 30 days, to improve yourself and increase your health and quality of life.
For me, it started with getting rid of sugar in my tea for 30 days. Then 30 days without sugar in my coffee. Now I cannot imagine putting any sugar in my tea and coffee anymore. Ulghh!
Then I started a 30 day Waking up early experiment. And that completely changed my life. There was so much I could do with that extra time it was awesome. These days I wake up early four or five times a week.
2 years ago I started to get migraine attacks. The rate of pain was 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. That pretty sucked. I tried a couple of things like reducing the time behind the computer, wearing my glasses continuously and getting enough sleep, but with no effect.
So I underwent dry needling therapy which reduced the migraine to 5 on a scale of 1 – 10, but it did not go away entirely. Then I started reading about migraine triggers and decided to stop with wine and chocolate completely for 30 days in a row. I also drank 2 glasses of water every day in that same period of time. The result was that the rate of pain went down to 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.
So I continued with another 30 days without wine and chocolate and drinking two glasses of water. The migraine attacks were gone entirely. A milestone in my 30 day experiments. 🙂
To keep motivated and focused on my 30 day goals, I have a calendar an put an X on each day I continue the habit. After a while I’ll have chain of X’s that grows longer with each day. Keeping the chain intact without breaking it for 30 days in a row will motivate me. The longer the chain, the more confident you get.