Sometimes, it can be hard to know what next step you can take to further your personal growth. One person asked on a popular online forum if others would share what things they either changed or started to do that helped them become better versions of themselves. Here are some of the best answers.
1. Keeping a Good Sleep Schedule
One person says, “Going to bed at a decent time and sticking to a sleep schedule (even on a weekend) helped me. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes to have a full night’s rest.”
2. Meal Planning
One person says, “Meal planning for the week to help save on groceries, stop food waste, and save me making three game-time decisions a day.”
3. Putting Effort in the Right Places
“Putting my effort in where it was given back helped. I stopped putting unnecessary effort into relationships where it was not reciprocated and instead gave that effort to those who also made an effort. It’s gone a long way because I have always been a people pleaser,” shares one user.
4. Cultivating Gratitude
One commenter suggests, “Taking stock of what I have instead of what I don’t. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. It’s kind of a gratitude practice but more like taking a beat and really trying to absorb all of the good stuff,”
They add, “Things aren’t easy, but they’re good. Things like that are what put me at ease if I start to get worked up about dumb stuff.”
5. Keeping a Healthy Work-Life Balance
One user offers, “Establishing work-life balance is vital. Take time to meet friends, even if it’s grocery shopping together or joining each other’s mundane everyday things. Just stay connected with people, remember how much we enjoy each other, and realize you have a place to belong in this world.”
6. Taming Self Criticism
One person says, “I stopped speaking critically to myself inside my head and invalidating my own feelings. This made a huge difference in how I felt about myself, which then made a difference in how I felt and interacted with others. I’m now much more confident and at peace with who I am.”
7. Prioritize Self Care
One commenter suggests, “Therapy, new hobbies, and doing some type of self-care thing outside of my home (massage, sound bath, etc.) at least once a month.”
8. Master Procrastination
“Just doing the thing, whatever it is, for 15 minutes,” offers one person. They go on, “I’m usually a horrible procrastinator. Recently, I’ve started just doing my work/household tasks as soon as they need doing for 15 minutes, and it’s made a massive difference.
9. Be Honest
“Always being honest and saying what needs to be said, and having a partner who lets me do this – it helps me stop holding in things and being resentful,” shares one user.
10. Actively Seek Positive Relationships
“I started to actively seek out positive relationships with others instead of just becoming friends with whoever was thrown at me,” states one person. They continue, “It’s amazing what happens to your mental health when you find other emotionally mature, like-minded people who encourage you to be your best self.”
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