In my opinion, there is always room for self-improvement in everyone’s life. I mean, no one is perfect and although self-acceptance is super important, self-improvement is important too. But life can be tough and chaotic. Change and improvement can be hard. Sometimes we don’t have time to devote countless hours to evaluating our habits and reflecting on our progress and setting SMART goals, etc., right?
If that’s your opinion, that doesn’t mean you can’t still work on self-improvement. There are plenty of simple habits you can form and changes you can make that can cause huge changes and improve yourself. It just takes an open mind and devotion.
Here are 10 simple things that can cause huge improvements in your life!
1.) Slow down
For some reason, a lot of people seem to think being crazy-busy is synonymous with being successful. It’s seen as a good thing, even though it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself busy but when you don’t have time for vital things such as self-care, then I think you’ve gone too far. It’s important to slow down when you need to in order to avoid burnout, overwhelm, and even health problems.
2.) Keep lists
This one might seem odd, but keeping lists can do so much to improve your life. I mean, if you’re anything like me then your brain is usually going a million miles an hour, filled with thoughts of all the to-do’s you need to get done and the things you can’t forget, along with other random thoughts. Keeping lists can help with this problem. Keep “to-do” lists, “don’t forget” lists, do braindumps, and make any other lists you can think of in order to clear your mind and focus better. This can help you become much more mindful.
3.) Practice gratitude
Gratitude is one of my favorite things ever – and for good reason! Gratitude can help improve your life, encourage self-love, improve your relationships, and more. And we all have at least 5 minutes to practice gratitude daily. Whether you do it in the morning at night, or at random times in the day, it’s a small time investment that can lead to a huge positive change in your life. It’s honestly one of the best habits I’ve ever started, I promise.
4.) Spend time alone
I know a lot of people don’t like to be alone (unless they’re an introvert like me) but it’s super important to be getting alone time, at least every once in a while. When you’re not spending enough time alone, you can get irritable, distracted, and drained. Alone time doesn’t have to be lonely, either. You can do fun things like catch up on your favorite TV shows, pamper yourself, or spend time on one of your hobbies. This can help you recharge, re-focus, and get to know yourself better.
Meditation is yet another amazing habit to form. It can help with anxiety, mindfulness, mental clarity, memory, and tons of other things. I always say it’s seriously like a magic pill for problems you may have. It also helps us stay calm and stress less. Any amount of time that you can devote to meditation is more beneficial than not doing it at all, so it’s not hard to fit into your schedule.
6.) End toxic relationships
Who you spend most of your time with is important and spending a significant amount of time with toxic people can do more harm to you than you probably think. Other than being frustrated by constant negativity, these people’s attitude and behavior can also rub off on you. They can cause you stress, unhappiness, and even depression. So if you have any toxic people in your life that constantly cause drama, constantly complain, constantly cause problems, or have any other negative behaviors, it might be time to re-evaluate these friendships.
Journaling is another one of my favorite things to do in terms of self-improvement. There are literally so many ways that journaling can improve your life – I can’t even think of them all. It can help you process your emotions, track your goals, help you stay motivated, improve your mental health, stay more organized, and much more. There are so many ways you can journal too. There are traditional journals, bullet journals, interactive journals, journaling apps, and you could even start a blog as a journal.
We all know that reading is important but so many people just “don’t have time” to read, at all. Reading is so good for your mind. It increases brain function and development, it relieves stress, and it makes you smarter! I make time to read about 2-3 books a month with my Fire tablet (one of the awesome Christmas gifts from my husband!) I read during long car rides when my husband is driving, I read for a few minutes when I wake up, and I read for a few minutes before bed. I also read when I have downtime. It’s easy to take a few moments to read when you cut out scrolling through social media and other unimportant tasks that we have no trouble making time for, haha. You could even listen to audiobooks.
9.) Recite positive affirmations
This is such a simple habit that can cause big changes if you stick with it – especially if you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Since I’ve started saying positive affirmations when I wake up in the morning, my moods have improved a lot. Daily positive affirmations can help your confidence and improve your self-talk. All you have to do is come up with positive affirmations that will help you combat what you’re struggling with and recite them when you wake up in the morning. It helps to write them down on a piece of paper and keep it where you’ll see it.
10.) Drink lots of water
So many people struggle with drinking water for various reasons – maybe you don’t like the taste, maybe you prefer other drinks, or maybe you just don’t want to. But there’s no arguing with the many health benefits of drinking water, such as improved digestion, better skin, less bloating, better moods, more energy, etc. Drinking water is just important. I’ve heard that you should drink eight 8-oz. glasses a day and I’ve also heard that you should drink half your body weight in ounces (so 70 ounces for a 140-pound person). Whichever way you look at it, you should drink lots of water!
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