Since the pandemic began and forced most of us to stay indoors, many of us have been experiencing feelings of isolation and a lack of motivation. However, despite last year’s problems, we should still try to pick ourselves up and become better versions of ourselves this year. After all, even in the midst of an unpredictable situation, everyone deserves to be happy.
That being said, here are a few habits you can work on to build a happier and improved version of yourself:
Create a morning routine
Having a morning routine helps set the foundation for a productive day. Moreover, the predictability can allow you to feel more grounded. If you don’t know where to start, an article on Self suggests beginning with small habits. For instance, making your bed encourages good sleep hygiene as you will always go back to a freshly made bed at the end of the day. You can also consider putting off checking your phone until after breakfast, so you’re not immediately bombarded with stressors that may leave you on edge throughout the day. Don’t forget to do a bit of stretching too; it doesn’t have to be an entire yoga routine. Even simple movements can relieve stiffness and wake up your body. Everyone has a different ideal morning routine, so take your time to find which habits work for you.
Take up a hobby
While there’s no harm in sitting on the couch and binge-watching your favourite shows, it will do you well to take up an enriching hobby. Whether you’d like to try urban gardening or painting, hobbies can make your life more enjoyable while stimulating your creativity. If you want more of a challenge, you can try developing new skills, such as cooking or learning a new language. Just remember that hobbies should be enjoyable and not feel like a chore.
Make reading a habit
Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body. Aside from relieving some stress, reading has a lot of other benefits for your brain — from improving your memory to expanding your knowledge and vocabulary. Even if it’s just half an hour every day, reading will increase your focus and help keep your mind sharp.
Mindfulness is the practice of giving your full attention to the present and accepting it without judgement. Gala Bingo lists the many benefits of mindfulness, such as minimising stress and improving your mood. It can be as simple as using meditation apps or even colouring books; the point is being able to immerse yourself in what’s in front of you for a period of time. That way, you worry less about the future and things you cannot control.
Be kind to yourself and others
Kindness is an interpersonal skill that leads to better relationships with others. Everyone has their own struggles that they may not show, so the smallest acts of kindness can go a long way. Kindness is mutually beneficial too — if you treat people well, positive karma will eventually come back to you. It may be as simple as opening the door for someone or providing honest feedback (as long as you say it in a nice way).
Self-improvement isn’t immediate. It’s a process that you need to work on every day in order to constantly better yourself. It may be difficult at first to accept the changes you need to make, but that is the inevitable first step to becoming the best person you can be.