All Kinds of News for February 03, 2016
Please enjoy some personal stories below of the 21-Day Challenge from a student and two of our employees, at Sunrise RTC (UT). These are just some of the special stories and introduce a new beginning for the whole community.
Zoe, Student, Field’s Campus
“I think the 21 Day Challenge did a lot of good for my attitude and perception. I loved keeping a journal and being organized every day and I really liked the idea of it. My mom does it too so we were able to talk about what we were grateful for on the phone. Going back and reading some of the things I wrote for gratitude is so crazy because I haven't been grateful for that stuff for awhile since when I got out of wilderness. The things I really appreciate having are so little and the little things make me happy. A thing I found helpful when I am having a bad day is to look back at my positive experiences and remember the emotions I was feeling. I often write many positive experiences throughout the day and more gratitudes and do more random acts of kindness than were outlined because there is more each day. I'm helping people with having a good experience and being grateful for things. The best things that came out of this is that I realized when I help people I feel so much better about everything. It makes me feel great. There are a lot of negatives during the day but this just shows you that there are 100 more positives if you want them. I feel great, happy and super positive so something is working. I love everything about the 21-Day Challenge and would recommend doing it.”
Mele, Youth Mentor, Field’s Campus
“I've constantly tried throughout my life to look at the positive. However, due to the stumbling blocks that fall my way; I often feel overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy.
One of my FAVORITE parts of the 21 Day Challenge is writing down three things you're grateful for in the morning.
When I feel that inadequacy smothering me, I'll find myself repeating multiple things I am grateful for. This experience has been substantial enough that when my husband and I find ourselves complaining to each other about the stumbling blocks in our life, one of us will start with "you know what? I'm grateful for this drinking glass, and for the access we have to clean water" or "I'm grateful for homework that allows me to learn more."
Melissa, Therapist, Hurricane Campus
I was excited about the 21 Day Challenge, I have been wanting to find a way to combat some of those post-Christmas, winter blues that tend to creep up. The first day, I could tell that this was going to be a good thing for me. I had a potential negative interaction that afternoon and with focusing on positive I was able to divert some negative feelings for myself and my boyfriend. It was pretty fabulous that the first positive experience I recorded was being able to overcome a negative pattern of mine. As I continued with doing the challenge throughout the rest of the month, I didn't always experience amazing things or have unusual insights, but I did start to notice that my overall perspective on current situations was a lot better. My gratitudes got a lot more detailed and I started noticing things that I don't always pay attention to, and not just things like how amazing shoe laces really are, but also the small things that make relationships good, that keep me going to my job, that make me love the area that I live in. The thing that I appreciated a lot was the push to get back into exercising more regularly. With a job that requires me to sit a lot, this was pretty refreshing and has given me the drive to also eat more healthy. What I really liked about the different foci, was that it really did seem to help me feel more well rounded; it helped me take care of myself while I also took a step outside myself more consciously. After it officially ended, I haven't kept up on everything, but a few of them I have continued and hope to make a part of my life
Leah, Home Office, InnerChange
This 21 Day Challenge made me increase my mindfulness. I was always thinking through the 5 items and seeing what else needed to be done. Even today I found myself looking around for a Random Act of Kindness I could do. I also shared this challenge with my family. At dinner every night we would share our three positives from the day and our one gratitude. When I told them on January 21 that it was the last day of the challenge and that we made it, my 8 year old son looked at me and said, "But mom, I like giving my positives and grateful. Can we keep doing it?" That was really neat to see.
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