8 Powerful Ways To Better Yourself
Simple Ways To Better Yourself
This is all about ways to better yourself.
That is something I can almost guarantee all of us have thought about.
Of course, we want to be better.
Now, there could be specific things we want to get better at. But this is more about creating a better you overall.
Creating and building a better base so to say.
For me, I like to look at this as having a better standard setting for my life and how I live it.
Before we dive in, I want to make one thing very clear.
Every tip or piece of advice out there will not resonate with you. Every word you read will not produce an “aha” moment.
So take what serves you and leave the rest.
This doesn’t mean that any certain tip is wrong and it definitely doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you.
Just because one person swears by this or that doesn’t mean that idea will have the same impact on your life. That’s ok.
Fill your plate with the things that serve you well.
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Here Are 8 Must-Read Ways To Better Yourself
1) Take Care of Yourself
I think we could all benefit from taking better care of ourselves.
And this is not about these big, glamorous things.
Let’s strip it down and look at the basics. Sleep. Food. Water. Moving our bodies.
Let’s reevaluate those things.
I know I am guilty of not prioritizing these things or the impact they can have on my life.
My best self is well-rested. My best self is hydrated. Now, proper hydration and full nights of sleep do not make my life a smooth sailing, stress-free magical journey. (nothing will do that)
But those things do make a difference in me and how I navigate my day-to-day life.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say they will have a positive impact on you as well!
*This self-care journal is the perfect tool for keeping track of how you are feeling and also holding yourself accountable.*
2) Welcome Learning Opportunities
In fact, I encourage you to actually seek out learning opportunities.
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to be open to learning.
Whether that means learning about ourselves or learning about a specific skill or topic.
Really it can be anything.
This is one of those things that keeps life exciting and fun. And don’t look at this as some strenuously studious activity.
One super simple thing my daughter and I do is make a list of things we want to know more about. Then we go to the library and find books on these things.
Am I trying to be an expert on the mating rituals of gorillas? NO. But is it fun to learn more about gorillas and how they live their lives? Absolutely.
Grab a notebook and write this question at the top. What do I want to learn?
Then take some time and really answer that question.
I have always been borderline obsessed with the human brain and the how and why of human behavior. So I am always reading some kind of book on mental health or self-help. This one is my newest favorite.
**Also, if you want to take it a step further in the learning department, you should check out Coursera. It’s an online learning platform that offers thousands of different courses on basically anything. You can even earn certificates and degrees.
3) Disconnect More
How often do you look at your phone? My answer would definitely be much much too often.
Our phones can be like a literal extension of ourselves. It’s crazy when you really think about it. I mean, my grandma can barely figure out how to use the TV remote.
And here I am with this handy device that can basically tell me the answer to any random question I have. (it can also take some pretty nice pictures and make sure I don’t ever get lost)
Phones are great. They are also not where we should be spending the majority of our lives.
Try to be more intentional about how much time you are giving your devices. No matter how cool they are, I guarantee they do not deserve to monopolize your time or your life.
4) Make Space For Joy
There are things we have to do as adults that might not be necessarily joy-producing. Such as laundry that never ends or scrubbing crayon marks off the walls. (gotta love kids, right?)
I like to picture a joy piggy bank. And think of this in terms of a stomach. When your stomach is empty for a prolonged period of time, you are probably not your best self.
I mean, you’re flipping hungry. Or if you are anything like me…HANGRY!
When our joy piggy banks are empty, we are simply not at our best. We might feel a little off or just like something is missing.
Here are some super simple ways to add joy to your life.
One issue that I find many people run into is the misconception that joy is not productive. And we have to be productive. We need to be, right?
This results in us not making time for things that at first glance don’t seem very valuable.
Reframe what you view as productive. Having fun is productive. Joy is productive. Rest is productive.
Being productive is not doing it all at a continuous rate. That’s a recipe for burnout.
5) Set Goals
It’s great to have things to look forward to. Things to be working toward. But there’s a very crucial caveat to all of this.
Reality. Your goals need to be realistic or everything can go to sh*t very quickly.
We set these completely unrealistic expectations for ourselves and then we basically bully ourselves when things don’t go according to plan.
This starts a vicious cycle. We start this loop of setting these outlandish expectations and inevitably things not working out in our favor. And then we rinse and repeat.
Here is some practical advice on how to set and accomplish goals.
6) Slow and Steady
You will not get in the best shape of your life by next Wednesday.
A rocky relationship will not be completely mended by the end of the week.
That’s just not how it works. At least not for us everyday flawed humans.
Lasting change comes from small habit changes or choices made over time. This is not always want to hear. On social media, we see a lot of eye-catching words.
We see quotes that grab us. Videos or pictures that intrigue us. We can get sucked into the idea that doing these certain things or behaving in these certain ways will produce the exact results we want. And produce those results quickly.
The truth is that most things require us to put in the work. Put in the time. That idea might not be as eye-catching but it is the path that will serve you for the long haul.
7) Watch What You Consume
And this goes so much deeper than what we eat or drink. Our eyes and ears can take in so much.
Are all of the things we take in serving us? Absolutely not. At least they are not serving us well.
This also has a lot to do with who we spend our time with. We absorb things from people and things around us. Whether we like it or not.
If something or someone is consistently draining you, it is not good for you.
Now, I am not saying that if a friend’s constant venting sessions are taking a toll on you, you should cut them off immediately. Ghost them and move on. No.
But our lives need boundaries. Boundaries can help us truly thrive. They are a way we can protect ourselves and our inner peace and state of mind.
This book is a masterpiece on boundaries. It truly is. It is most definitely worth a read. (in fact, I am actually about to read it again because we can all use refreshers from time to time)
8) Get To Know Yourself
Something we all have in common is change. We change continuously throughout our lives.
But how often do we dig in and get to know our true selves? A reintroduction may be necessary.
This can be so beneficial in showing you what you want and need in life. I know the 37-year-old me is very different from the 24-year-old me.
And I am not just talking about clothing choices. (thank goodness low-rise jeans have made their way out of my closet)
Get to know yourself again. You might be surprised about what you discover.
Life is this beautiful journey we get to take. But that journey is also messy and crazy and challenging.
Don’t forget that while we are working on ourselves, life is still going on. Everything doesn’t come to a halt.
Embrace the idea that improving your life happens on a continuous basis over time. It happens while we are living.
Have any cool tips on ways to better yourself? Definitely share!
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