Five Easy Self-Improvement Moves
No need to wait until New Year’s Eve! National Self-Improvement Month is upon us, and there’s no better time to refocus your efforts to make positive life changes for a healthier you.
“Self-improvement is a journey, and although others may provide support, you have to choose to get started,” said Lindsay Hager, MA, LCPC, with Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “Remain focused on milestones along your journey and always keep the end goal in mind.”
Hager offers some of these practical ideas for self-improvement:
- Move more. Physical activity boosts your mood and strengthens your cardiovascular system. Trying to lose weight? Exercise burns calories and strengthens muscles. Set aside time every day for physical activity—even something as simple as a 20 to 30-minute walk is beneficial for your health.
- Change your diet. Trying more nutritious foods can improve your health and help you feel better. Introduce nutrient and protein-rich foods like colorful vegetables, fruits and lean meats to your diet. Consider meeting with a dietitian to help you assess your dietary needs.
- Reduce stress. Set aside time every day for self-care. Read a book, take a nap, go on a walk or meditate—anything to help you de-stress.
- Learn something new. Pick a new habit, hobby or skill to learn. Learning requires dedication and time, but the feeling of accomplishment once you finish is worth the effort. Specify a time on the schedule to follow through.
- Hold yourself accountable. Enlist a small group of family or friends who will support your efforts. Find an accountability partner to connect with regularly and share progress on self-improvement goals.
“Remember no matter what your goals are; focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses,” Hager said.
Ready to make a change?
Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center offers telehealth options and can help you get started on your journey to better health.