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Self-improvement is one of my favorite things to write about. We can often get lost in responsibilities, family and work life, and forget to take some time to work on ourselves.
What is self-improvement, you may ask?
Well, it is exactly what it sounds. It is the idea of improving our self.
Something that a lot of us tend to do is live life without really trying to make it better. Now, I know that that’s easier said than done, and I also know that everybody’s life is different. However, the fact that you are reading this on a computer or cellphone which requires an internet connection says to me that you have the tools needed that can ultimately better your life.
I’ve been reading a lot about the topic of people settling into their lives, and have come to know that we are all capable of bettering ourselves, no matter what the circumstances that we think are in our way.
WE are in charge of our emotions, WE are in charge of what we do each day, and WE are more than capable of creating and living an awesome life.
So, why do we settle? For some people, it is the fear of the unknown. After all, there is a saying that goes, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know”. For others, it might be as simple as not knowing where to start. And then there are those people who do not mind the lives they lead and are content, which is great!
I, however, do not think that many people would not like to improve their lives in one way or another. On the contrary, I think there is always something that we would like to improve on, no matter how small.
I will be sharing some ideas on how you can improve the quality of your life. These self-improvement ideas are simple but very effective, and doing them regularly will have you living a better life in no time.
List of self-improvement ideas
Probably one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to start reading if we don’t do that already. I am heavily into personal development books at the moment and find that they really do make me feel better about myself, and motivate me to do better.
If you’re not an avid reader, start reading for 15 minutes daily. It doesn’t even have to be books. Find a cool blog you like, and read that instead. Once you settle into the reading routine, branch out and get a couple of books which interest you.
Writing can have great benefits, especially when we feel stressed or upset. Making it a habit to journal about your day for just 5 minutes each night can make us calm, collected, and more in tune with our feelings and emotions.
I am one of those people who don’t really like talking about feelings, so for me, journaling is a godsend. Writing down what I’m feeling feels very freeing, and makes me feel so much better, especially when I have been bottling things up inside me.
To get you started with journaling, here are 50 journal prompts for self-discovery.
3- Set goals
Setting goals for ourselves is great for personal development. When we have our goals in sight, we are less likely to stray away from them or get too busy to try and achieve them.
That is one reason why I like vision boards. Having what you want to achieve in life in plain sight in front of me where I can see it every day is a great motivator. It reminds me on days where I think that I’m not really going anywhere that there is an end goal to all the hard work I’m putting in.
4. Keep learning
I want to become a successful blogger, so I’m taking courses and learning from other bloggers how they managed to find their success. It is never too late to start learning about things that will lead you closer to your goals.
If you have specific goals that you’d like to reach, learn from people who have reached those same goals.
Want to become a self-made millionaire? Listen to podcasts from people who have done it.
Want to travel the world? Follow travel bloggers who have been where you want to visit and learn from them how they manage to travel for a living.
5- Establish routines
Routines help us have more structure in our lives, as well as help us use time more efficiently.
When we have routines in place, we waste less time thinking about what we need to do, because our brains automatically remember what we’ve programmed them to do.
6- Practice self-care
Taking as little as 20 minutes a day to do something that we enjoy helps us to de-stress, recharge and puts us in a great mood.
7- Learn to love yourself
Self-love, in my opinion, doesn’t come naturally a lot of times. Sometimes, we have to work on loving ourselves.
A way which helped me personally with that is to spend more time alone. Alone with my thoughts, with my feelings, and with my being. Alone time forces me to get in tune with who I really am as a person, and I’ve come to find that I am enough, I am blessed, and I am worthy great things.
8- Have a healthy relationship with your emotions
Our emotions are a powerful thing. If you find that you are in a bad mood most of the time, then something might be wrong. I would suggest talking to somebody about it if it is something that is really taking a toll on you (a friend, family member, or a professional).
If you’re someone like me, who would rather not burden people much with what is going on inside me, and you know that it is not a serious problem, a way that helped me with that is to get my thoughts out on paper.
It’s important to note that having negative thoughts from time to time is perfectly normal. Find a healthy outlet for these thoughts and feelings, and don’t expect to be happy and bubbly every singe day because that is not reality.
9- Re-evaluate your relationships
Have you ever been around someone who liked to use you as a metaphoric punching bag? How about someone who laughed at you when you told them something you wanted to achieve? Or someone who told you that yes, you’re smart, but not to get too ahead of yourself?
If you said yes to any of these, you have sadly been in the presence of some shit people, if I’m honest.
The relationships we keep can either make or break our mental health and our perception of ourselves, just to name a few. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you, and if that means that you have to cut everyone around you out, so be it. You’re much more of a priority than they are.
10- Start taking risks
This one can be a hard one, but if we don’t take risks and do that thing which we know will probably be awesome, we will probably end up with a lot of regrets.
Great things never come from comfort zones.Unknown
Once in a while, we have to make a move which we are scared to try. That is how growth happens. Being stagnant works for some people, but if you have dreams and aspirations, you will be stuck where you are for good. Take a chance. Do it.