efore you can help anyone else, you must first learn to love, value and help yourself. This is easier said than done, but nothing worth having comes easy. There are plenty of ways to improve your life and discover happiness and fulfillment.
In this article, we’ll discuss 15 Best self improvement tips that will actually make your life a masterpiece as well as have you helping yourself instead of relying on others to improve and thrive.
1). Accept compliments!
Most people simply cannot accept a compliment. They blush and then add something negative to the conversation. Don’t do that! Nod and accept that you might, in fact, have positive traits others admire. If you want to say thank you, that’s ok as well! You won’t come off looking arrogant or cocky simply because you didn’t belittle yourself after receiving a compliment.
2). Enjoy spending time alone
Being around family and friends rocks, but you also need to give yourself some alone time. Don’t be afraid of being on your own. It’s healthy and will greatly improve your feeling of self-worth. No one can love you if you don’t love yourself first, after all.
3). Treat yourself!
Yes, sometimes you need to treat yourself. Working hard and striving to be the best is great, but you also need time to relax and unwind. Buy yourself a nice lunch and enjoy it alone, or go watch a movie without making any plans with others. Enjoy a nice, soothing activity to break with the routine.
4). Try to reply to your own negativity as if you were speaking to your best friend
Sometimes we can be highly critical and negative towards our own mistakes and failures. Before chastising yourself, think: Would I say this to my best friend? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and do it! If not, try to be kinder with yourself, because we all deserve a break.
5). Keep your surroundings clean and nice-looking
You’d be surprised how much a cluttered environment can ruin your mood. Try to keep your house and desk at work clean and pleasant to the eye. Then you’ll at least be surrounded by something pleasant. The smell also plays an important role in how we feel, so adding a soothing scent can make you feel more relaxed or at ease as well.
6). No cellphone rule
Set a time at night when no cellphones are allowed and stick to it. Don’t answer texts or calls, don’t check on facebook or twitter. Take this time to do something else you enjoy. Talk to your family, watch a movie, read, take a bath. Whatever you want! It’s about being disconnected for at least a few hours every day. In the long run, it’ll really help.
7). Learn to say no
Sometimes it’s hard saying no, especially to our friends or family. Or worse still, to our boss. We need to learn when saying no is appropriate, and realize that we can’t agree to everything people ask us. Don’t feel guilty about refusing a request. Sometimes, it’s healthier to just let go and let people handle their own business instead of being dragged into it through guilt and obligation.
8). Keep learning!
Don’t stop learning even after school or college is over. You can read a new book, or take a class, or start a new hobby. This keeps your mind sharp, your curiosity peaking and your creativity flowing. It’s never too late to learn new skills or acquire new knowledge!
Most people tend to go to bed extremely late and end up sleeping fewer hours than recommended. This makes them feel exhausted and moody all through the day. Sleeping is a natural and relaxing part of life, and you should embrace it rather than escape it on a daily basis. Catch up on your sleep and wake up refreshed every morning!
10). Try affirmations
Why not try positive affirmations? It’s easy and quick to do. At first, it might take some effort, but after a while, it’ll become another part of your routine. Create your own affirmations, and repeat them in front of the mirror every morning. After a while, you’ll do it almost without thinking. It can greatly improve your mood and give you a more positive mindset for the day ahead.
11). Let go of the past
The past can haunt us if we allow it to. Focusing on past mistakes, on what could have been, will only hurt you. The future is ahead and offering countless opportunities to those living their lives. If you are lost in the past, then you’re missing on what’s happening on the presence, and soon the future will also be another past you regret.
12). Walk away from the negativity
If there is a person in your life that is toxic, then maybe it’s time to say goodbye. Ask yourself if that relationship is worth all the pain and distress it causes you. If the answer is no, let go of that part of your life and move ahead. You’ll have less luggage to carry with you. On your road ahead.
13). Don’t be afraid of change
If you realize that things just aren’t working out, then don’t try to stick with the same old ways. Sometimes you need a change. It might not be easy letting go, but it’s healthy and will, in the long run, be for the best. Embrace change and learn to adapt to new circumstances!
14). Get to know yourself better
Do you really know everything you like and dislike? What your deepest dreams are? Sure, you might think you do: After all, you are YOU! But sometimes we take ourselves for granted and get so used to a routine we forget about our likes and dislikes. Take a moment to sit with yourself and ask what you want in life, or simply what you want to enjoy that day.
15). Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Yes, this list is about self-help. But sometimes, helping yourself is knowing when you can’t do it on your own. Swallowing your pride and asking others to give you a hand when you need it. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, and do the same for others when they show their own vulnerabilities.
What part of this article resonated most with you and why? What’s holding you back from starting to live you’ve always wanted? Are you struggling with dealing with negative thoughts and negative people around you? Share your ideas, tips, thoughts, and experience below in the comments.
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