Little Changes Lead to Big Growth
Personal growth. It’s something we all strive for but very few of us take an active approach to the process. It’s sad, really, because the seeds of change are within your reach, you just have to find the courage to lean over the edge and grab them.
In the quest to be the best version of yourself possible, it’s not enough to simply kind of want it. You have to really want it and be willing to work for it. And that means taking care of yourself so you have the physical and emotional energy to move forward when the going gets tough. Your idea of personal progress could mean anything from going back to school, changing careers or leaving life as you know it behind to pursue your dream of travel. It doesn’t matter what major life changes you have in mind, if you want to be successful and reach your goals, you have to take care of yourself from the inside out and focus on your physical and emotional well-being.
The role of exercise
Part of your daily self-care plan should include plenty of physical activity. As Time explains, there are a great many benefits waiting at the end of a good workout. For starters, exercising will give your brain a boost and help you learn quicker and, there is strong evidence to suggest that engaging in regular physical activities may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise is especially important if you’re recovering from a major setback, such as a drug or alcohol addiction, as it can help you relieve stress while re-teaching your brain to regulate itself without exposure to harmful substances.
Your dinner plate can help or hinder
You’re an adult, you already know that living off burgers and fries will make you sluggish, weak, and bloated and that your best bet for optimum physical health is eating healthy foods. One thing you may not realize is that the food you eat and how it makes you feel can impact every area of your life from your weight to your personal relationships. SFGate explains, “Eating a healthy, balanced diet prevents weight gain, lowers your risk for diet-related illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression, and gives you the energy to have a full and rewarding social life.” Furthermore, nutrients found in certain foods, including blueberries salmon and bananas, will offer a natural energy boost and, according to Health, may even lead to improved concentration. This will help you stay on-task and focused on the big picture.
Feeding the mind
Your psychological well-being is just as important as your physical health on your journey toward personal growth. If you don’t have mental clarity, you aren’t likely to prioritize other aspects of your life. Boundaries with Soul author Carley Schweet explains that emotional self-care is a vital component of our daily lives that keeps us grounded and happy. The self-care blogger has put together a five-step guide that can help you take care of your emotions right now. Her tips include learning how to say “yes” to yourself, even if it means putting others on the backburner and giving yourself permission to experience your emotions without self-judgment.
Eating well, exercising and taking care of your emotional needs are small changes that can put you closer to reaching your ultimate life goals. You don’t have to alter your entire lifestyle all at once – the most sustainable changes are those you implement gradually and reformulate as needed. Remember, growth does not happen overnight but you will need to feed all your strengths to wind up where you want to be.
Brad Krause is my guest blogger. He graduated from college in 2010 and went straight to the corporate world at the headquarters of a popular retail company. But what started as a dream job soured quickly. After four years of working 15-hour days and neglecting his health, he decided enough was enough. Through aiding a friend during a tough time, Brad discovered his real calling-helping people implement self-care practices that improve their overall wellbeing. He created SelfCaring.info to share his own knowledge and the many great resources he finds on his self-care journey.