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A Guide to Leading a Life of Self-Improvement

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Guest blog post by Jim Vogel

Foreword: Self-improvement does not and should not stop whether we’re in our pre-retirement or post-retirement years. In fact, it becomes even more important as we approach retirement because most of us have been so busy dealing with career and family demands that our post-career years is an ideal time to pay greater attention to our own personal development needs. This guest blog post is about improving our daily lives through a life of self-improvement.

Self-improvement is a broad term that refers to personal development, goal setting, career advancement, making healthier lifestyle choices, and more. If you want to get better at something or become the best version of yourself in general, establishing self-improvement goals will help you get there.

The key is embracing helpful strategies and maintaining a positive mindset on your journey. Today, Coach Win shares some practical tactics to use on your way to self-improvement!

Get Professional Help

Unchecked stress and anxiety can ruin lives. They not only can impact mental and emotional health; they can also affect physical health, relationships, and the ability to lead productive, meaningful lives.

If you struggle with stress and/or anxiety, you don’t have to combat them alone. Seek guidance and support from a qualified therapist who can aid your journey towards self-improvement.

Modern technology has transformed mental health and opened doors to accessibility. You can now attend appointments for an online therapist securely and easily from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to join a virtual therapy session with your pick of licensed professionals at reasonable costs while saving time and money on transport. Many therapists provide a free consult, making it easier for you to find the right professional to assist you.

Check Your Career

It’s so easy to get stuck in a work rut. After all, you got comfortable in your routines, learned to navigate expectations, and in many cases, worked hard to get where you’re at.

Just because it’s what you’re doing doesn’t mean it’s what you always have to do. Take an honest assessment of where you are, where you want to be, and what you want out of your life (time spent at work is a majority of your life). Then, determine whether change is needed to get you on the right path towards your goal.

For instance, you could always give yourself an edge over the competition by going back to school for a masters degree in business! Start by giving yourself permission to dare to dream.

Get Better Rest

Rest is an essential pillar of health. By incorporating activities into your daily routine that calm you down and help you unwind, you’ll be able to experience the physical benefits of a slower heart rate, deeper breathing, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress. Here are some popular activities that promote rest:

● Reading

● Painting

● Yoga

● Meditation

● Sketching

● Knitting

● Playing an instrument

Take your mission to get quality rest to the next level by ensuring you also get rejuvenating sleep. If your bedroom doesn’t invoke a feeling of peace, consider changing the color of the walls, investing in comfortable bedding, adding blackout shades, and introducing a sound machine. Quality sleep will improve your mental health, enhance concentration, boost your immune system, and much more.

Eat Nutritious Foods

If you want to see improvement in your life, take an in-depth look at your diet. What you eat and your relationship with food can impact your energy levels, weight management, immune system, concentration, self-perception, and other factors.

Eating is one of life’s pleasures, so don’t neglect taste. But incorporate adequate macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants into your meals. Intentionality is key here.

Exercise Consistently

If you don’t already exercise regularly, just the thought of it can feel exhausting. Overcoming mental obstacles can be more challenging than physical ones.

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine, but start realistically. Start with 15 to 20 minutes of fitness a day, doing any movement you enjoy and can commit to (i.e., yoga, walking, HIIT, dancing, tennis, etc.). Once you make exercise a habit, extend the time, increase the intensity, and challenge yourself!

Life is sweeter when we find ourselves growing, progressing, and reaching our highest potential. Whether we seek help for mental health, exercise more often, go back to school to boost your career, or improve our sleeping habits, self-improvement is a worthy goal for embracing our strengths and addressing our weaknesses. The objectives above will get you off to a great start in achieving the best you possible. But as you reach your goals, give yourself permission to reinvent, improve, and grow!

Coach Win is on a mission to share knowledge, skills, and expertise to help you get on a path to a more meaningful, satisfying, and purposeful life. If you have questions, now’s the time to ask!

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