One of the best things about human beings is their capacity for growth.
The fact is, no matter who you are or how old you are, there’s always the opportunity to learn and change for the better. When it comes to self improvement, it’s about trying to make ourselves and our understanding and the world around us just a little bit better. And, after the year we’ve just had, a group of people who are committed to making things just a little bit better, might be just what we need.
If you’re the sort of person who is always looking to improve yourself and the world around you, then check out these five great ways you can improve yourself today.
1. Commit to a yoga challenge
Though from an outsider’s perspective yoga can seem intimidating, it is an excellent jumping-off point for your self improvement journey. The physical benefits of yoga are myriad: increased flexibility, increased muscle tone, improved metabolism, weight loss and the general zen that all yoga practitioners seem to exude. It also has many mental benefits with the meditative elements of yoga providing practitioners with a great chance to decompress and get away from the stresses of everyday life.
When you’re on the quest for self improvement it’s important to get in touch with your inner self, dissect what’s important to you and learn what’s holding you back from making the changes you need in your life. Taking just five or 10 minutes out of your day to practise yoga will immediately help improve your health, happiness and state of mind.
Reading is a great way to relax, unwind and expand your mind. Even just 10 minutes before bedtime is a great way to mark the end of a long day. Reading offers you a chance to truly unplug without the distraction of your phone and it’s disruptive blue light. It’s also a great form of self improvement as you expand your point of view and keep learning as much as you can. If you’re a true bookworm and you’ve already read everything on your wishlist check out this list of great titles written by female authors and consider picking up one of their books next.
3. Enrol in an online course
Never stop learning. They say that when we stop learning we stop growing, which is something we never want to do as human beings. Online courses are a great way to keep our minds active and expand your horizons. Online courses are often available with government-supported fee help and upon completion give you qualifications that would allow you to work in a new field. The modern working world is constantly in flux and people are being asked to adapt. Whether you’re new to the working world or you’re just looking to upskill and keep fresh, it’s important to stay abreast of new developments in the world of business and technology. Leaving yourself open to learning allows you to learn about industries you might wish to work in at some point in the future.
The benefits of online courses are that you can work remotely and at your own pace in a way that suits your schedule and work around your busy life. If you’ve ever wanted to qualify as a fitness teacher, a childcare worker, or an IT or design and multimedia specialist – or even just stay refreshed and up to date with new developments in your existing industry – then an online course could be a great way to increase your hireability whilst also satisfying your love for learning.
4. Get some sleep
We’re all a bit rubbish when we’re tired. Without a full night’s sleep, we’re all the worst versions of ourselves. The science behind the importance of sleep is well and truly in!! A full night’s sleep makes us happier and healthier, boosting our immune system, lowering our risk of diabetes and heart disease and just generally improving our quality of life. So, how do we ensure that we’re getting all the sleep we need? Keep your room cool, dark and quiet and eliminate all distractions. What does that mean? Get blackout curtains, a fan and, if it’s your or your partner’s snoring that’s stopping you from getting enough sleep then just make the leap and invest in a CPAP machine.
You don’t need to be a doctor to know that exercise is great for your health and wellbeing. In addition to the obvious in that it helps you control your weight, it also lowers your risk of heart diseases by improving your circulation and raising the oxygen levels in your body and strengthens your bones and muscles which majorly reduces the risk of falls in older adults. Basically, exercise helps you to live a better quality of life for longer. On top of all the benefits to your body, exercise improves your mind and mental health by releasing chemicals such as endorphins that can make you feel more relaxed, reduce stress and your risk of depression whilst also improving your sleep!