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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Malone

Start the Journey to Self-Improvement

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

Image via Unsplash 11 Ways You Can Start the Journey to Self-Improvement Everyone thinks about the self-improvement they’d like to make in their lives. We all want to be better in our lives, our relationships, and our careers. Here are some things you might want to look into to improve your life. A pet. Having a pet can bring a lot of benefits to its owner. Just owning pets can make us happier. Exercising with our pets, either playing or walking them every day, can lower our cholesterol levels and blood pressure, according to the CDC. While they can be a responsibility, the companionship and love they offer can bring joy to your life. Music lessons. If you’ve always yearned to be able to play an instrument, there are many websites that offer free and paid lessons online. Opt for online classes over traditional ones so you can learn at your own pace. There are also communities for people learning how to play instruments. Find like-minded people who are also learning how to play the instrument of your choice. Playing an instrument is also known to be beneficial to one’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Exercise. Most people want to work out more. If you feel the same, consider setting up your own home gym. Pair your workout with headphones, a yoga mat, hand weights, resistance bands, a medicine ball, instructor-led videos, apparel, and a fun water bottle, to help you burn those calories. Alone time. If taking care of everyone else is always your number one priority, setting aside more “me” time to recharge could be a goal of yours. Try to find time alone, like at your local coffee shop so you can sit in peace with a good book every once in a while. Solitude promotes mindfulness and allows one to reflect on ourselves, and how we want to be in the future. Art classes. Even if you’re not very creative, but would like to dabble more in the arts, try your hand at making pottery, drawing, painting, or photography. Engaging in the arts is a relaxing activity, which boosts your spatial awareness and boosts creativity. Travel. Discover new places, people, and cultures. Traveling is beneficial to our mental health. It not only decreases stress, it even sparks our creativity. Traveling gives our minds a certain resilience that stems from being in unknown places. Take a “staycation.” If going on a faraway trip isn’t in your budget or impossible to schedule right now, rent a vacation home in or near your home town instead. You’ll still have the opportunity to unwind and relax, and you may find some fun new activities you’ve never tried before. Most vacation homes come with fully equipped kitchens, so you’ll be able to cook healthy meals while you’re “away.” Set goals. Learning how to set goals properly will allow you to achieve more goals in life. One key to accomplishing your goals is clarity. A specific goal such as ‘saving $5,000 in three months’ has a higher chance of being fulfilled than a general goal of ‘have extra money in the bank someday.’ Setting goals gives us more direction in life, and achieving them gives us a better feeling of self-worth and satisfaction. Self-care. Learning how to take care of yourself is an important thing to learn. Self-care is not just about pampering yourself, it’s about giving yourself the proper value and care that you deserve. Productivity, decrease in stress, and more alone time can be gained if one takes care of themselves properly. Declutter and organize. A home should feel refreshing and full of life. Clean and remove all the clutter in your house, as well as items that can’t be repaired. Once you’ve decluttered, you’ll feel more relaxed and focused. Change your look. Are you tired of your hairstyle and color? Try something new and build self-confidence by visiting Split Endz hair salon and letting their stylists work their magic! Being better at any of these activities can benefit your physical, mental, or emotional wellbeing. Consider these tips, as you pursue your journey of self-improvement.

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