Here's Why Self-Improvement Is Important

Here's Why Self-Improvement Is Important

Have you ever heard the quote “A negative mind will never give you a positive life"?
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According to Worldminded, “Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing yourself in order to achieve your fullest potential. Personal development is a vital part in a person’s growth, maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health.”

In order to grow as a person, you must like yourself. How will you have any faith in yourself if you don’t like yourself? It's possible to grow as a person and not like yourself but you won’t get nearly as far as someone who does like themselves. It’s hard to like yourself, especially in a society where liking yourself happens to be so looked down upon. But there is nothing wrong with liking yourself or loving yourself, as a matter of fact. You are with yourself forever so might as well be comfortable, right?

It is important to be comfortable with yourself as well as other people.

According to author Cheryl Bradshaw, many people are not comfortable around others and wear a “mask” in public. This mask is not our true self. Many people wear a mask in public around people they know and may not feel 100 percent comfortable with. People do this because they are scared of vulnerability. People are scared to show their true self to someone because if that person doesn't like them they will feel bad about themselves; almost like they’ve done something wrong. (If someone doesn’t like you, it doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong.)

Most people do it and do not even realize it, they go out and suddenly like a switch, the mask is on.

The problem with the mask though is that if you meet someone and have on your mask they can’t see the true you.

Taking off the mask and being yourself all the time is hard but worth it.

If someone does not like you, it’s their problem.

Personal growth is a process that requires you to be 100 percent comfortable and confident in yourself.

Personal growth is also a process that requires you to be positive.

Have you ever heard the quote “a negative mind will never give you a positive life”?

It’s true! Being positive is a huge step towards self improvement.

If you wake up one day with a negative mindset thinking about how crappy your day is going to go and how much you hate everyone then your day is most likely going to be crap. However, if you wake up and smile at people, be polite, kind and think about what a great day you're going to have, then your day will probably be a lot better!

Another crucial thing to remember in self improvement is that YOU are in control and no one else. You can make the moves to completely control your future, it’s all up to you. Sometimes this idea can scare people, but there is no reason to fear this. The gift of life and being able to control your future is everything.

Just remember you are in the driver seat and if you want to improve and be happy it's up to you!

When you feel yourself improving it is an amazing and unexplainable feeling, you feel so accomplished and happy!

Improving yourself can never hurt. Even the kindest, most hard working and loving people could use self improvement!

Remember that with personal growth will come success. Once you know what you want to do and are comfortable with yourself you will have bigger goals (career, family, living, etc.). If you are personally 100 percent comfortable with yourself, you will know what you want to do and success will come to you.

Lastly, remember with personal growth also comes great feelings of happiness. Remember to spread those feelings of happiness to others. Knowing you have grown as a person will give you the ability to help other people grow too.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Am I Going To Survive This Long Winter Break?

The feeling you get when you spend too much time with your family and you're ready to be back with your friends from school

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Yay! I am all finished with my final exams and projects for my classes this semester. I made it through the first semester of tis year when I was becoming worried and stressed. Now the grades are put in and I get a nice long break to relax, celebrate the holidays and spend time with family. However, I did not think that I would be craving to go back so soon after spending a few weeks with my family. I love them dearly, but since I am used to being away from them while at school to now having a whole month and a half off from school away from my friends, I know that there are going to be times when I get frustrated with my siblings or my even parents.

Thank goodness that I have a job this seasonal time or else I do not know what I would do. This will give me some time a couple of days out of the week to have some alone time and even meet new people at my job. It is not a bad thing to need this time away from family because it's normal, so if you are feeling guilty DON'T! Now that I have a part time job I will be making money to go and spend for myself or for Christmas presents for my family and friends. This is exciting because now when my mom, sister and I go shopping I can use the money I earned instead of feeling bad when I ask if my mom can purchase it.

The sad part about being out of school for so long is that I won't be able to see my friends because they live far away. For a whole semester of seeing them whether it was in class, going on our daily scheduled breakfast, lunch or dinner date, spending countless hours in the library, or just spending time together over the weekend. Now having a whole month and a half break of not seeing them is going to be so hard. When I need to call them because I am in need of someone to talk to besides my family I know they will answer and plus I will want to know how their break is going.

The most important thing for me to remember when I do get frustrated is that my family loves me very much and this is the time of year that brings us all together. When we pray for patience in stressful situations, God gives us the spirit and opportunity to be patient. In scripture in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter seven verse eight it states, " The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride". What God is telling us here in this scripture is that no matter how the frustration or argument may have started what matters is the end. God wants us to come together in love and forgive one another. Also He tells us that patience is better than pride because when we have patience for each other that is reflecting God's love.

This winter break may be long and I am thankful for it to use it as a time to relax and enjoy my family and I hop you do as well.

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