Being a better person doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in need of change, it can mean that to improve the quality of life for yourself and the people around you, that you strive to be a better person.
For many people around the world, self-improvement can mean many things, and if you’re looking to become a better person this year and for many years to come, you should check out these challenges to try this year.
Become a healthier person
The media is finally seeing the importance of being fit and healthy and thankfully, so are many other people around the world too. More people than ever are now signing up to gyms, eating more mindfully, and setting themselves health goals to smash, and you should too!
Even if you’re not ‘overweight’ or ‘underweight’ per se, being healthy involves a lot more than what the scales are reading.
So, turn your health around this year! Did you know that the relationship we have with food, in general, is actually a very misguided one?
- We eat when it’s socially acceptable to eat, rather than eating when our bodies tell us that we’re hungry. This can quickly lead to overeating.
- We eat too much! A plate overloaded with food isn’t going to do you any favours because our bodies find it much easier to digest little amounts of food. Eat until you’re no longer feeling hungry and you’ll soon find that you don’t actually need huge plates of food to survive.
- We often mistake hunger for thirst. When you think you’re hungry, drink a glass of water and wait ten minutes. More often than not, you’ll find that you were simply dehydrated. Remember to try and consume at least two litres of water each day to help keep your weight down and also flush out toxins from your body.
- We eat foods with no nutritional value. This is a huge faux pas that we make, and if you do this too, it’s time to start looking at what foods you can eat to give your body the best fuel possible.
- We think that exercise has to be done in the gym. This is false! Anything that gets your heart rate up and makes you feel out of breath is exercise. So, go for a brisk walk, run around with the kids, or simply do some fast-paced housework and voila! You’re exercising!
Becoming healthier isn’t just about the food we’re eating and the exercise we’re doing either, as many people poison their bodies with alcohol, drugs, and even cigarettes.
If you’re struggling to give up any of these, there’s no shame in asking for help. The sooner you do it, the better your health will be!
Help others turn their lives around
Doing something to help others is possibly the kindest thing you can do with your time, and it’s very empowering knowing that you’re making a difference in someone’s life too.
Why not help others turn their lives around by doing selfless things like:
- Helping others smash their own health goals by becoming a personal trainer. You can do a level 3 course and help people become fit and healthy like you’re doing. Perhaps you could use your personal story as a way of motivating and changing the lives of others.
- Volunteer in homeless shelters or women’s refuges and help give people food, warmth, and most importantly, safety in their lives.
- Answer phones at your local Samaritans to help those that are feeling low, or simply need some help and advice with their lives.
- Work with people who need extra care such as dementia patients, children with disabilities, or even animal shelters.
- Help out friends and family with tasks like decorating their home, moving home, or even housesitting while they’re on vacation.
Helping others goes a long way with everyone involved and is a perfect way of becoming a better person!
Do something selfish
This may sound very backhanded considering we’ve just been talking about selfless actions to take. However, the whole point of life is to live it to the full, and what’s the point if you can’t be a little selfish every now and then?
Treat yourself to that
There are many reasons as to why people fall out and it’s understandable that sometimes, it can be difficult to forgive someone for their actions. However, no matter how cliché this sounds, life is too short not to forgive!
In the blink of an eye, someone could be gone from your life forever and you could spend the rest of your life regretting not patching things up. It’s easier said than done, but try and learn to forgive mistakes and move on with a positive attitude!
Remember to take care of your mental health
We’ve spoken a lot about your physical health and how important it is to take care of it, but it’s also important to remember that your mental health should be a priority too! It’s easy to become consumed in work and the people around you, and without even realising it, your mental health could deteriorate!
Take time for yourself to repair and relax your mind each day and if you are struggling with mental health problems, speak to your GP as soon as possible.
Set yourself a challenge
Finally, what’s life without a little challenge every now and then?
Something to work towards that you can be proud of is a great way of becoming a better person. If you’ve always wanted to skydive, then set yourself the challenge to do that this year! Live life to the fullest and never regret a moment of it!