Let’s begin by stating that self-improvement is not a “one-and-done” process. It’s a lifelong journey, and it can come in many shapes and forms. The good news is: the act of self-improvement can be empowering, fulfilling, and most of all fun! Working on yourself has a ripple effect across your whole life, and can help you feel happier and healthier in all aspects of your being.
By definition, self-improvement is the improvement of one's knowledge, status, or character by one's own efforts - or the quest to make ourselves better. There are plenty of reasons to practice self-improvement and grow as a person, ranging from increased self-awareness, meaningful life experiences, greater successes, better relationships, less stress and anxiety, and more joy overall.
But where to even start?!
- First, take a look at yourself. Where do you stand? Are you happy with yourself? Are you happy with your daily habits, or do you wish some parts of your life would look different? Self-awareness is crucial for self-improvement!
- Baby steps. Rather than deciding to change your whole life at once, set small, achievable goals.
- Try not to multitask. You’ll see better results if you approach one goal at a time!
Now, let’s get down to business.
Here are some easy ways to get started on your self-improvement journey:
- Read more! Reading is affordable, accessible, and enriching. No matter which area you’re trying to improve in, we promise you, there’s a book for it. Know that you don’t have to read exclusively educational books to grow - literary fiction has been proven to develop empathy, theory of mind, and critical thinking!
- Journaling. We spoke about journaling in last week’s blog post, and we’ll mention it again today. Like reading, journaling is affordable, accessible, and helpful in becoming more reflective, grateful, and motivated.
- Movement. Physical exercise is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, whether in the form of walks, yoga, or more intense team sports.
- Try new things! Being open to new experiences will help you grow and learn new skills.
- Out with the old (aka declutter)! Every now and then, it can feel good to review your belongings and let go of those things that no longer serve you (ideally, donate these things). By decluttering, you’ll make space for new experiences, lessons, and growth.
- Look for feedback. Seeking opinions from peers or mentors can help us change areas we need to improve and make real progress.
- Try visualisation and manifestation. Imagining yourself working toward your goals and achieving them will help you stay motivated and move away from toxic thought patterns.
- Carry on. Be persistent and don’t give up after small disappointments. Soon, your motivated attitude will become a part of your personality.
- Ask for help along the way. Your friends, families, fellow students, and peers may be able to help you move forward in areas of life that you’re struggling with. Garner the strength of your personal community!