Self care, resolutions, health-focused goals–call it what you will, but the concept of self improvement won’t be going anywhere anytime soon!
Maybe it’s the pandemic, but it seems that the self improvement craze is all over from billboards to Instagram ads selling weighted blankets (which I heard are amazing).
Despite the saturation in the market, I gotta say–I go wild for the stuff. But it isn’t without it’s “holy $h*t” moments. After finding out the hard way, I can tell you that introspection is not for the weak of heart.
The good news is that it’s like Dr. Benjamin Hardy, author of “Personality Isn’t Permanent” says: “if you aren’t embarrassed by who you were a year ago, you’re doing it wrong.”
Everyone feels this way, I found out! The important thing is for us to realize that we have to give ourselves a break. We’re doing the best we can.
But at the same time, would you rather live the same year 85 times or a new and exciting year, each year you are alive?
Take the First Step
As we all know, taking the first step is the hardest! Thankfully, most of the suggestions in this list are simple and easy to do.
So many you can combine into habit stacks to make them work for you and your own goals.
Pick a few out and tell me which you’ve tried! Hopefully you can find a few to start feeling great about yourself today.
- Strengthen a second language you may have experience from in high school
- Learn to be conversational in a new language (extra points if it’s for a trip you are planning!)
- Plan a local trip
- Read everyday
- Find a newscast you like and build it into your routine
- Plan out your week on Sunday
- Purge unnecessary items
- Take a free class online
- Ask a loved one to teach you something new
- Read a book someone recommends
- Attend a virtual finance seminar
- Join a book club
- Buy a insulated tumbler to drink more water (we use this one, it’s $10)
- Cut up healthier snacks to have on hand
- Make an emergency car kit
- Organize your desk
- Figure out which habits you can stack
- Improve your self-awareness with a quick exercise
- Write a letter to yourself 5 years from now
- Take some scheduled time to really break down a goal you’ve had for a long time into smaller, tangible steps
- Play a strategy game to sharpen your mind
- Take time to think about and establish your own personal brand
- Engage in an exercise in introspection
- Decrease your caffeine intake & replace with green tea or juicing
- Get a therapeutic massage
- Get to know your body by paying attention to its tendencies
- Create a memory “database” of beautiful memories that trigger good feelings
- Practice breathwork
- Create a habit tracker for habits you’d like to develop
- Set aside time every day to daydream (it’s really good for you!)