If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you’ll know that I’m on quite the self-help kick these days. I’ve always loved reading/learning/practicing all things “self improvement,” but in the last couple months I’ve kicked things into high gear. I have a bunch of tools and practices that help me feel inspired every day to go for it and I’m feeling really positive going into this new year thanks in large part to a bunch of these new resources. I wanted to share some with you today in the hopes that you find the same inspiration!
Get yourself some good reads
I know I’ve mentioned my latest books a few times lately, but they really are helping me change my mindset. There are so many amazing, conscious authors out there that write things in just the right way to strike a chord within you and inspire you to grow. It’s also really comforting to read something that someone else has gone through that’s similar to your journey.
A lot of these books like
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (which I’d recommend starting with btw) are written as part autobiographies and part inspiration for the reader. I love this aspect because a lot of these authors didn’t hit it big at a super young age, and many of them struggled quite a bit to get to a peaceful/successful/happy place. Their personal stories alone put things into perspective for me and remind me that every day is a new chance to choose happiness and take a step toward your dreams.
Listen to podcasts that inspire
Right behind my favorite reads are my favorite podcasts. I am obsessed with them! (Again, late to the game as usual but bear with me.) When I’m washing dishes, cleaning the house, or in the shower (my favorite place to listen and relax) I have a podcast playing on my portable speaker next to me. I’ve always listened to my favorite nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder’s podcasts, which are centered around food but discuss some lifestyle practices as well.
However, I recently began listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations and I cannot get enough. She has interviews with “thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts” all with the purpose of helping us better ourselves and connect with our purpose. I’ve picked up some phenomenal philosophies and ideas and now look forward to washing my dishes — which is saying something. I’ve only started listening to these a couple weeks ago and I’m noticing how much the new ideas and nuggets of wisdom I’m learning are churning around in my head every day.
Start up some rituals
I don’t know about you, but I prefer “rituals” to “routines” and I have many of them. Having a ritual that you can count on everyday is important for mental and emotional balance and if you make that ritual a healthy and energizing one, you can feel like you can do anything.
My morning ritual is my favorite and sets the tone for my day. I start with hot water with lemon, then I prepare and drink my green smoothie, and then I have my cappuccino while watching the news. I love my morning ritual and get excited to get out of bed in the morning for it. I make sure to always have the food I need in the house for my ritual so my morning always goes the way I want it to. Healthy food, a clear mind and an easy morning first thing inspires me to start my day off on a positive note and get ready to make things happen.
The same can be said for a lunch ritual, an after work ritual, a yoga practice ritual, a nighttime ritual and so on. Humans like routine and there’s a reason that we function better with some habits in place. Take advantage of this little “hack” and set yourself up with some beautiful rituals.
Make Your Bed
This is a small practice with a big impact. I find that the state of my bed directly corresponds to my mental “tidiness”. When I make the bed every morning, I physically feel better. It is one of those things that I can’t go one day without doing (like I once did as a teenager every single day) and it helps me to feel more “together” instantly and every time. Talk about an easy way to get clear headed. Worth the two minutes spent.
Making the bed is my non-negotiable, everyday job, but the same can be said for general cleaning of the house. I cleaned the floors of my apartment last night so thoroughly that I swear I felt “cleaner” after it. It may sound silly, but a clean and clear space = a clean and clear mind and spirit. Physical clutter = mental clutter. I work from home, and the first thing I do before sitting down at my computer is clear a space at my table. I can’t get focused with dirty dishes, napkins, or anything else in my space. Another crazy easy hack to help you get where you want to be. (Sidenote: I used to be a major procrastinator in this category. I didn’t get it and thought it didn’t need to be an everyday effort. Ever since shifting to this practice, I feel better and more motivated and can never go back. Moral of the story: stop procrastinating, it’s worth it!)
These are some of my habits for laying down the groundwork for reaching my potential everyday and I hope that some of my suggestions make sense to you and can help you too. What are your tools for self improvement? I’m still learning too, of course!