September is Self-Improvement Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on all aspects of your life. Are there things you wish you were doing but aren’t? Are there things you wish you weren’t doing but are? Please take a minute to think about these questions and any others that have been on your mind, and let’s look at a few small daily changes that can improve your life.
We all know that exercise gives you endorphins, which send signals to your brain that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in your body. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to add more positivity to your life. Not only do you feel happier during and after a workout, but you’ll start to look better, too. We know it’s been hard to find motivation over the last year and a half due to the COVID pandemic, multiple quarantines, and changes in work and school, but we’re here to tell you that finding that motivation again can open doors you may need.
Regular exercise reduces stress, limits feelings of depression and anxiety, improves self-confidence and self-esteem, and even helps you sleep better. So if you’ve been looking for your sign to start making your body and yourself a priority again, this is it. Use Self-Improvement Month as the starting point you’ve been needing, and continue on every month after. When you exercise consistently, you will see improvements in nearly every aspect of your life, and isn’t that what this month is all about?
We recommend that you set one personal goal and one professional goal that you will achieve by the end of September. Once you achieve that, repeat the process month after month until you see success in all areas of your life.
Your goals should be easily attainable but not something that you’re already doing. When first starting, set goals that you are likely to reach to keep the motivation alive. The longer you commit to achieving monthly goals, the ‘harder’ you can make them. Include your spouse, friends, or kids in your personal goals to help keep you accountable. Saying your goals out loud makes them real, and sharing them with a loved one will help give you the motivation you need to stay on top of it all. Talk to your favorite coworker or boss about your professional goals, too. This can spread to a company-wide initiative and can help the entire team.
Whether you’re reading a thriller series, self-help books, or doing a nighttime reading with your kids, opening a book every day can do wonders for your life. Reading for just 6 minutes each day can reduce your stress by up to 68%. Do you need more motivation than that?!
Reading is an easy and healthy way to add benefits to your life. Not only does reading reduce stress, but it also helps you fall asleep faster. It can also lower your blood pressure and heart rate, increases your vocabulary and comprehension skills, and improves overall brain function, among others. When parents read in their spare time, instead of watching TV or playing on their phones, their kids will follow in those same steps. Don’t you want your kids to improve their lives, as well? There are countless benefits to reading, all of which bring some form of improvement to your life and that of your children.
There are so many ways to bring slight improvements to your life – from daily exercise to nightly reading, goal setting, and so much more. Self-improvement comes one step at a time, and each of these steps plays a significant role in how you feel and see yourself. Use September as a starting point to making your life better. There will always be ups and downs, but taking everything one day at a time and focusing on making your life positive will do wonders for your life and the lives of your children. Always know that First Care Clinics is here for you for the lows, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get back to the high points in life.