Day 11

Wellness

SPONSORED BY GAIA HERBS

 

OVERVIEW

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book

For the past two weeks, PGC has challenged you to take action to sustain our planet. Today is a little different. For the next 24 hours, we invite you to take action to sustain yourself. It’s a well-known mantra that change starts from within, which means that the first step to implementing positive change in the world is to create a positive and healthy YOU.

Whether it’s an upcoming final, a long week at work, or balancing school and social commitments, we all deal with stress. And in this day and age, it seems to be the norm for most of us. Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Being mindful means being present and fully aware of your experiences and the world around you. Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine can help you manage stress and other experiences that negatively affect your wellbeing. Mindfulness has been proven to increase memory and attention, fight depression, and even boost the immune system. Incorporating a mindful approach to your daily routine is vital. In fact, mindfulness is at the very root of conscious living. As Buddhist meditation master Kalu Rinpoche says, “It is right mindfulness and attention that allows us to change our behavior.”

With leadership comes great responsibility and hard work – which can be stressful. It’s essential to take care of yourself in order to become the most effective leader we know you can be.

Over the course of this challenge, we encourage you to tune into your wellness journey. You’ve dedicated lots of hard work and time to PGC, so today, let’s focus on you and find ways to enhance your wellbeing. Check out today’s GOOD READ, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and let’s get started on your daily dose of wellness.

 

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

 

THINK

“Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention” -Sharon Salzberg. Starting your day with a positive affirmation will help you live an authentic and fulfilling life.

CHALLENGE

  • Take a look at this beautiful film called “Gratitude” created by award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer, Louie Schwartzberg. Inspired by what you’re grateful for, set an intention for the day and write it on your mirror or a sticky note.
  • Let this intention guide your day.
  • In a short paragraph:
    • Share your intention.
    • What inspired you to write it?
    • How did it change your day?
  • Post a picture of your written intention on Instagram. Write a caption that will inspire your friends to follow your lead. Tag @TurningGreenOrg and use the hashtag #PGC2016.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF Document with your responses and photos. Include a screenshot of your Instagram post. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_year_challengelevel.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_2016_greener.pdf)
  • Do not include any spaces or # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • If you do not see the upload button, please login to your account.
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

You may be wondering how you will be able to fit a wellness-focused practice into your day, but it will be easier than you think and the rewards are well worth it. There are many resources available to guide your life in a conscious direction, like today’s partner Gaia Herbs, a community dedicated to expanding mind, body, and spirit. This challenge invites you to take care of you!

CHALLENGE

Wellness might be part of your daily life, or maybe you’re not sure where to start. Today, take the time to try a new practice or continue an existing one that is working well.

  • How do you take care of yourself?
  • The paths to wellness are many and each of us has a unique approach. If you don’t already have a mindfulness practice, do some research on one you may want to try. Here are a few great articles to get you started: 7 Ways to Ease into Meditation, 6 Restorative Yoga Poses That Anyone Can Do, and Why Making Art is the New Meditation.
  • Today, spend at least ten minutes trying an approach that supports your wellness.
  • Share five words that describe how you felt afterward. Share two changes that you noticed in your mindset, mood, being, etc.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload PDF document with your responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_year_challengelevel.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_2016_greener.pdf)
  • Do not include any spaces or # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • If you do not see the upload button, please login to your account.
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

THINK

Prioritizing our wellbeing is often a challenge, especially during times of peak stress. But remember, you don’t have to do it alone! Grab a friend to reap the benefits of today’s challenge together.

CHALLENGE

  • Invite a friend to join you in a beautiful, outdoor place that you love.
  • Once you’re there, have a conversation about what you’re both grateful for.
  • Take a photograph of the place you chose, and name it. Post it on social media and caption it with where you are, and a sentence or two about what you and your friend are both grateful for at this moment in time. Tag @TurningGreenOrg and use the hashtag #PGC2016.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF Document with your picture and responses. Include a screenshot of your Instagram post. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_year_challengelevel.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_2016_greener.pdf)
  • Do not include any spaces or # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • If you do not see the upload button, please login to your account.
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.