So, you want 2019 to be your year, but you have no idea what that means—or even how to start taking control. Fun fact: self-improvement generally leads to a healthier, more positive life approach, with the added benefit of boosting your physical health, too. As cliché as it sounds, you are truly the pilot of your own life.
Ready to build a habit out of doing a little better everyday? Much of personal development is, well, very personal, but there are a few guiding principles that everyone can benefit from. Find our starter kit of tips, below!
THE SELF-IMPROVEMENT STARTER KIT: 7 HELPFUL TIPS FOR BECOMING YOUR BEST SELF
Every important project starts with a to-do list. Think of self-improvement as a life-long commitment (because it is!): sure, there’s plenty to do, but it’s easy enough to handle if you know where you want to go. To make it more manageable, start off with daily and monthly goals that get you to who you want to be at the end of 2019.
For example, do you want to walk more? Give yourself a daily step count goal. Do you want to shop less? Set a monthly cap on your spending, and so on. Tick off every goal you meet and give yourself credit where it’s due!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to quit all your favorite indulgent treats cold turkey. We’re big fans of gradually introducing cleaner foods into your everyday diet, whether this means making healthy swaps for staples or cutting out one thing at a time.
Remember: your body relies food for fuel, so it’s essential that you’re getting the right mix of nutrients if you’re looking to feel well overall.
TRY: Farm to Folk Organic Brown Adlai (1kg), P350, Perfect Earth Chia Pasta Red Rice (225g), P255 (limited time only), Natvia Organic Stevia Canister (200g), P317, Hearth Superfood Trail Mix, P150, Laurin Coco MCT Oil (150ml), P250
Being active has not only been proven to help prevent major illnesses, it also does wonders for your mental health. It’s an essential safeguard against anxiety and depression, helping to stabilize stress hormones that may disrupt your day to day.
If your body’s not used to daily exercise, start slow with stretches, light cardio, and a bit of weight training, so you can build your endurance up over time. With consistent practice, you should find yourself feeling brighter and more energized than before!
TRY: Blender Bottle Classic (28oz), P695, SKLZ Mini Bands, P919, Active Speed Rope, P700, Feet and Right Yoga Towel, P699, YogaLove Healing Cream Tub (100g), P375
Next time you want to reach out to a friend, invite them over for snacks and tea instead of talking exclusively via Instagram likes. As helpful as social media has been for connectivity, there’s nothing quite like talking to someone face to face.
Too much time spent cooped up with only a smartphone for company will drive anyone up the wall—not to mention, it could even make you feel more disconnected than ever.
TRY: Pili & Pino Chocolate Cacao Nib Cookies (180g), P180, Mary’s Organic Crackers Black Pepper Original Seed Crackers, P330, Dipbrew Coffee Co. Morning Kick Coffee Bag, P240, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Fresh Leaf Tea Earl Grey, P300
For those of us grappling with self-confidence, our harshest critic tends to be ourselves. We tend to blame, punish, and berate ourselves for things we’d easily forgive other people for, which is super unfair. It’s a hard habit to un-learn, but negative self-talk has to go if we want to build better versions of ourselves.
Few things hurt our goals as much as our own voice telling us we can’t make it, so we gotta quit that ASAP. One tip to start with: instead of telling yourself you’re a disaster when you make a mistake, remind yourself you’re human and capable of improving. Repeat until it’s automatic!
This goes hand in hand with #1 and #5: don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. How would you know you’re doing well? By tracking your progress, of course! Self-improvement may not seem obvious to you between day 1 and 30, but keeping a log of the positive changes you’re making will paint you a clearer picture of your success. In any case, who doesn’t appreciate a bit of affirmation?
Last but certainly not least, always make sure you’re resting well. Very few people function at their best when running on too little sleep, so don’t deprive yourself of those zzz’s! Take enough breaks from work, go on vacations, and listen to your body clock. Do it—we guarantee no one ever feels worse after taking a breather.
TRY: Pure Bliss Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, P1,999, V&M Naturals Lavender Essential Oil, P420, Herbs of the Earth Melatonin+ Sleep Faster & Longer (50 Tablets), P1,000 (limited time only), The Green Tummy Himalayan Salt Lamp (2-3kgs), P1,250, Good Night Drink, P85
What are your self-improvement goals for 2019? Share ‘em below!
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