Do you want to improve your self-image but don’t know where to begin? We promise you, you are not alone. It’s not easy to create a personal development plan for yourself to improve your self-esteem.
But, as always, we are here to help you make positive changes in your life. In just five easy steps, you can create a personal development program that will help you improve your life and yourself. Are you ready to get started?
Self Improvement Step 1: Cultivate Gratitude
Gratitude is important. Consider how often you focus on the negative, the small things that bother you, and the things that aren’t important to you. It’s probably quite a lot. Imagine if we spent so much time focusing only on the goodthings. You might be sipping a cup of coffee or tea while you read this. This is something to be thankful for. What is the roof that covers your head? You have something to be thankful for. Family and friends are a blessing. You get the idea.
How can gratitude be developed and how does this relate to self-improvement? Being grateful for what you have will make you happier and stop comparing yourself to what others have.
You can add gratitude journaling to your personal growth plan or use The Daily Shifts app to receive daily reminders.
It can make a big difference in your mood by simply listing three things you are grateful for. You’ll find it easier to cultivate gratitude and feel happy with what you already have. This is self-improvement at its best!
Step 2 in Self Improvement: Breathing Exercises
We know. Although breathing practices may sound a bit woo-wooy, they don’t necessarily have to be. Breathing practices are simply about paying attention to your breathing and taking deep, belly breaths. Not shallow, chest breaths. A breathing practice can be a great way to reduce anxiety and stress, especially during times when it is most needed.
There are many breathing techniques that you can use until you find one that suits you and that you can incorporate into your personal development plan. You can use The Daily Shifts app to do a visual breathing exercise. Follow the graphic to slowly inhale and exhale three times. This simple exercise can help you ground yourself, reduce anxiety, and keep you present. You can also try the Wim Hof method. There are many options.
Yes, we are all breathing but it is only when we pay attention to our breathing, deepen it and do exercises that we can see self-improvement.
Self Improvement Step 3 – Presence and Mindfulness
It is not easy to be present. Many people are constantly thinking about 100 things at once. While we may be physically with our friends, our heads are busy thinking about work, emails that have yet to be answered, or the tiff you had with your significant other. You’re likely scrolling through social media all the while this is happening. You see the problem?
You can make a huge difference by adding “actively working to be more present” to your personal development plan. How can you be more present? Practice mindfulness and mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a popular buzzword. It basically means bringing your attention back to the moment and noticing how it feels. Mindfulness is my favorite definition. It means being fully present in the moment and not wanting to change anything. If you are out with friends and your mind starts to wander to work, you can notice this and not judge it. Just bring your attention back here and now and share it with your friends.
Mindfulness meditation can help you be more present and improve your self-esteem. Meditation doesn’t need to be done in silence for thirty minutes. It is possible to start with a brief guided meditation and work your way up to longer periods if you wish. Meditation is a healthy habit.
Science has confirmed the benefits of meditation for self-improvement. According to the National Institutes of Health meditation can improve your health in these areas:
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Have you tried meditation? To reap the benefits of meditation, add it to your personal growth plan.
Step 4 in Self Improvement: Restore your Health
In today’s fast-food and Netflix binge-watching culture, it’s not easy to stay healthy. Self-improvement can be as simple as going back to basics – the things that we learned in our youth about staying healthy. You can improve your mental and physical health by improving your overall health. These are some of the things you should include in your personal physical development and health plan.
- Get enough water
- Get enough sleep
- Healthy, balanced eating habits
- Exercising regularly
These aspects can make a huge difference in your personal development program. We can get caught up in the latest fitness trend or crash diets when we are trying to be healthy. However, these four pillars of good health are essential. These are the foundation of all other health. These will not only benefit your physical but also your mental well-being. If you have any concerns about your health, make sure to visit your doctor.
Self Improvement Step 5 – Meaningful Connections
Self-improvement doesn’t have to be about you. How we surround ourselves can have a profound impact on our lives. You need to ensure that you prioritize meaningful relationships with people in all areas of your life. Sometimes that means removing toxic people from your life. Other times it means fostering the great relationships you already have. It all comes down to being intentional about your time and your energy. This should be a major theme in your personal growth plan.
It is important to have a meaningful relationship with yourself. Be mindful of your emotional and physical needs. These four steps will help you get there. Self-improvement is about learning to love and appreciate yourself.