Whether you want to find love, make more money, or improve your health and happiness, embarking on a journey of self-improvement could really help you get to where you want to be in life. No idea where to start? Here are 8 ways to become a better version of yourself.
1. Read a book each week
It’s amazing how much value you can add to your life by reading regularly. With the help of a good book you can immerse yourself in a heart-warming love story, see the world through someone else’s eyes, be transported back in time, and encourage your imagination to do somersaults.
If you’re already a big reader, reading just one book each week might sound too easy. Why not set yourself the challenge of reading three a week or even one each day? Track your progress and discuss your favourite books with like-minded bookworms by starting your own Goodreads account.
2. Pick a new hobby
With every new hobby comes countless possibilities. You can have fun, learn new skills, open your mind, and make new friends. Hobbies are also great for keeping your mind occupied when you’re feeling unhappy or going through a turbulent time such as a break up or loss.
Your hobby could be anything from jewellery making to pottery or swimming to karate. Choose something you think will put a smile on your face and bring out the best in you.
3. Overcome your fears
What’s holding you back? What do you fear? On your voyage of self-improvement, overcoming your fears should be a top priority, particularly if it has a significant impact on your day to day life.
If you’re afraid of sharks but you live in the middle of London and nowhere near an aquarium, you probably don’t need to worry too much. However, if you’re absolutely terrified of confrontation yet you want to work your way up the career ladder, it would be wise to tackle your fear head on.
It’s human nature to be afraid of at least one or two things but if we let our fears spiral out of control they can stop us from growing and achieving our full potential.
4. Minimise your home
Clutter can have a significantly detrimental impact on our health and wellbeing. It can make us tired, stressed and unhappy. It can prevent us from being the productive, energetic and carefree humans we’re meant to be. It’s no wonder so many people are promoting the idea of living a minimalist life free from unnecessary stuff and clutter.
If you’d like to improve your mental and physical health, have more freedom, save money and accomplish more each day, decluttering your home and adopting a minimalist attitude could do the trick. Grab bin bags and boxes and get sorting out your stuff. Sell and donate whatever you can before binning or recycling what’s left.
5. Wake up early
Some of the world’s most successful people jump out of bed each morning at the crack of dawn ready for the day ahead. If you’re unhappy at work or unsatisfied with your life in general, getting up early might sound easier said than done but if you can convince yourself to get up an hour earlier each day for just one week, you’re likely to see an improvement in your mood.
Take that extra hour to do something for yourself. Go for a walk in the park, listen to a motivational podcast, or simply drink a hot chocolate while reading a book. Alternatively, you could use this hour to get any household chores out the way so that when you get home from work, you’re free to enjoy yourself.
Want to improve your productivity, become more successful, and live longer? Start meditating now! Meditation has so many benefits and within weeks of getting the hang of this calming practice, you’re bound to see a noticeable difference in your health, wealth and happiness. A few mindful minutes each day is all it takes. If you’re unsure where to start, it could be worth downloading the Headspace app which will guide you through the meditation process step-by-step.
7. Learn from criticism
We tend to go through life trying to avoid criticism at all costs. However, criticism can actually help us become better versions of ourselves providing we take it on board rather than taking it to heart.
The best type of criticism is the constructive kind and comes from people that want us to do well. However, sometimes we receive criticism that isn’t quite so thoughtful and has been given to us in an attempt to make us feel bad about ourselves. Next time you receive unconstructive criticism, don’t let it upset you. Instead, silently acknowledge it, ask yourself “what can I learn from this?” and move on. It may be the case that the only thing you can learn from the criticism is to stay well away from the person who gave it to you!
8. Be kind
Being kind to others is scientifically proven to boost our moods and make us healthier. So, spread a little love by doing good deeds for others. Whether you help an elderly neighbour carry their shopping or donate a bag full of food to a local food bank, there are so many ways you can be kind and make another person’s day. Remember, what goes around comes around!