CHALLENGES

We have a series of challenges for your mind, body and spirit. We know that they are all connected and that if your mind, body or spirit is out of balance that they can affect the others.

The challenges have been designed to help support you and encourage positive thoughts, a healthy body and connection with others. A chance to try something new in 2022.


So during the 22 days of the festival why not take up all 8 Challenges. Or simply choose those that interest you.


However, you choose your challenge, try to stick to your challenge for 11 or 22 days and witness the change.


Grab one of our *trackers to capture your success (*available at most sites/receptions) or download one for yourself.

Challenge yourself! Try something New in 2022

Challenge 1: Just 5

Take five whole minutes to yourself every day for 22 days to just sit and be in the present moment.

Why not take five whole minutes to yourself to just sit and be in the present moment. You don't have to do anything. You could look out of the window or take stroll round the garden. It could be done anywhere and it's just fives minutes everyday for 22 days.

Challenge 2: Digital Downtime

Choose your digital downtime and stick to it for 22 days.

Could you limit your use of technology? Maybe reduce the number of hours you spend on Social Media? Sometimes too much tech can affect your mood and behaviours so giving yourself a break or cut off time is proven to help with your wellbeing.

Challenge 3: Move

Move every day for 22 days

The Wellbeing Festival is an opportunity to re-introduce moving into your life and make it as important a part of your day as brushing your teeth.

By movement we mean sustained and continual movement for at least 30 minutes.

If 30 minutes is physically too challenging, start with 10 minutes and build up in increments of 5 mins each day. The important part of this challenge is keep moving and move every day. Click here for tips by James Grier (Warehouse Projects Director) 'Running Religion', it's inspirational!

Challenge 4: Parkrun

Take part in your local parkrun Saturday 15th, 22nd 29th January

Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. They are Saturday morning 5K runs that take place in parks and open spaces. On Sunday mornings, there are 2k junior park runs for children aged four to 14.

Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. Click here for all you need to know to join a parkrun.

Challenge 5: Hydrate

Drink 1 litre of water from a recyclable bottle every day for 22 days

There are many benefits to drinking water, such as; boosting skin health, regulating blood pressure or maintaining your digestive system. Ideally we'd consume at least 2 litres of water a day. Try adding water somewhere in your day. Choose a time, even if you can manage just 1 glass. It's easy to check your hydration levels. Click here to access a chart to test your own hydration levels.

Challenge 6: Recalibrate

Reduce the amount of alcohol that you consume for 22 days


To recalibrate is to change the way you think about something. This is an opportunity to think differently and swap alcohol for something else after a long day or stressful situation. For good ideas and tips to help manage your alcohol intake click here to make a change with drink free days.

Challenge 7: Give

Volunteer and give your time over the 22 days.


Volunteering your time, money, or energy to help others doesn’t just make the world better—it also makes you better. Studies indicate that the very act of giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health, and sense of well-being.

Click here to see just some of the benefits of helping others and visit Giving at Next to see all the opportunities.

You can also be amazing and GIVE BLOOD by registering for the #Thisisamazing NHS Blood and Transplant Campaign which Next is supporting.

Challenge 8: Greet

Greet or acknowledge a neighbour or colleague every day for 22 days.


Can you make a connection with a different person each day? You probably spend more time with your work colleagues than you do with your family. If you're working from home and now rarely come into the office it's even more important to make those connections. Make your workplace a happier place too by saying a simple 'Hello'.