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14 Little Tips for Self-Improvement

Self-improvement isn’t just for January! This month, we’re talking about ways to care for ourselves, as well as ways to set goals and make improvements. Here are a few simple, easy ways we can do so.

  1. Build a better breakfast. All too often, breakfasts are frantic, one-handed meals haphazardly put together (as a new mom of a six-week-old, I can fully attest to this). However, some breakfasts are delicious, healthy, and easy to put together, such as overnight oats and make-ahead homemade breakfast sandwiches.

  2. Perfect your elevator pitch. An elevator pitch isn’t reserved for job-seekers! Being able to succinctly introduce yourself and what you do in an interesting way is equally important for networking events and parties.

  3. Study a new language. Whether doing so for travel, for work opportunities, for school credit, or just for fun, learning a new language can be extremely fulfilling. And it can be easier than you think!

  4. Take a course. Angie shared her experience taking a new course, and it sounded like a very valuable experience. Courses are for everyone. For example, I’ve taken—and enjoyed—The Business of Freelance Writing. Not sure where to start? Look into continuing education departments of local universities and colleges.

  5. Get outdoors every day. From offering stress relief to improving our physical health (yes, really!), spending some time in nature every day has tremendous benefits. Might as well start this habit while the weather is still gorgeous!

  6. Make your bed every morning. This tiny habit can help set the tone for the entire day. Read what one Navy SEAL has to say about it.

  7. Meditate. Gone are the days when meditation was just for Buddhist monks. We can all benefit from a few minutes a day of mindfulness.

  8. Create a mood board. Have a goal you’re working toward? A mood board can help with the visualization process, setting your goal in sight. Don’t be put off if you’re less than artistic—mood boards are simply collections of inspiring images. You can create one on the computer or with good old-fashioned cutting and pasting magazines.

  9. Declutter your wardrobe. If your closet is overflowing with nothing to wear, it’s amazing how freeing a good decluttering session can feel. Bonus marks for planning how to define your personal style and build your dream wardrobe!

  10. Count your blessings. Try making a daily list (in your mind, or on paper in a gratitude journal) of all the things you’re thankful for and see if it uplifts your mood.

  11. Floss. Yes, this simple habit can definitely be part of self-improvement! Here’s how to do it properly, according to the American Dental Association.

  12. Stand up straight. What prevents backache, decreases wear and tear on joints, and makes us look taller and more confident? Having great posture!

  13. Make a new recipe. If you’re interested in becoming a better cook, or simply want to challenge yourself, dust off those cookbooks (or do an online search) and try out a new recipe every week.

  14. Have a night out with friends. Sometimes it’s the simple things that matter the most. If you’ve been swamped with work or putting everyone else first at home (or both), set a date and head out with your besties.

Do you make use of any of these tips? Do you have other suggestions? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Leah Payne is a writer, editor, blogger, and the owner of Cedar Hill Creative. She aims to take a walk outdoors with her new baby every day—although she has yet to make time for meditating!

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