The term “self-improvement” has almost as many definitions as there are people. So, the first step in any self-improvement is to clearly define what that means to you personally. What areas of your life would you like to see improved? Are you affected by stress? Wish you were in better health? Want more money and freedom? The first step is to come up with a series of goals and objectives. Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years?
Once you have answers for these questions clearly in your mind, your self-improvement journey can begin.
Health is Wealth
You have probably heard this before, but it bears repeating: as long as you have your health, you have everything. Ironically, most people take better care of their automobiles than they do themselves.
Self-care begins with proper nutrition. According to several medical studies over the years, what we put in our bodies has a great impact on what happens not only with our physical health but our mental health as well. Some things to avoid:
• refined sugars and carbs
• red fatty meats
• excessive alcohol
Some better dietary choices include:
• whole grains
• fresh fruits and vegetables
• lean fish and poultry
The other part of the health equation is exercise. The type of physical activity is less important as the frequency; at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity three times a week will make a tremendous difference in how you feel.
While a good diet and regular exercise can help stave off many chronic conditions, they do not make you invincible. Everyone still needs to see a doctor from time to time. If your busy schedule makes it hard to get an in-person appointment, telehealth is always a great option.
Taking care of your mental well-being is just as important. El Futuro offers bilingual services if you are a Latino community in need of mental health services and substance use treatment.
Feeding the Spirit
Meditation and prayer (however you feel comfortable practicing these) are ways to calm and focus the mind. Contrary to common conception, meditation does not require sitting in uncomfortable positions, chanting mantras, and burning incense and candles; nor does prayer require religious faith. It requires only a place to quiet your mind and empty it of all thought.
The easiest way to meditate is to sit in a comfortable chair (recliners are good), close your eyes and take deep, regular breaths. Focus exclusively on your breath if you can; some people find it helpful to listen to white noise, such as a fan or air conditioner. Do this for at least 10 minutes a day and see what changes it brings.
Making a Career Shift
If you are dissatisfied with your current career or occupation, you’re not alone; the “Great Resignation” has seen millions leaving their jobs. Many have been launching their own businesses. Running a successful business is a lot of work, but getting up and running is easier when you take advantage of some of the online resources available. USA.gov offers checklists for starting and building your own business.
You may have a need for a formation service to assist you in registering your business with the state. An online service can save you both time and money by walking you through the major steps of the process. Once complete, you’ll be ready for business in legal compliance.
The most important thing to consider in self-improvement is to seek that inner connection. To effectively be of service to others, we need to start by serving ourselves. You’ve probably heard someone say, “Follow your bliss, and the money will follow.” It’s an important strategy, but understand that the money may not come from your bliss but something else that your bliss has allowed. Focus on your own happiness, and you will be well on the way to a better you.
Written by Amanda Henderson