You’ve got goals you want to reach! You’re striving to implement positive daily habits! You want to become a better person! What do each of these have in common? They all require growth. Personal growth isn’t always easy to dive into, but it is important to where you’re headed.
And the best part is that seeing growth in your life generally won’t require you to make any huge, over-the-top changes. Sometimes, it’s those small habits that lead to the most growth of all.
Don’t forget about the power of a good book! Not only does reading help us learn more about the world around us, but it also comes with a ton of incredible health benefits. Not sure what to read first? Here are five of our favorite books to get you started!
Wear your sunscreen.
Rain or shine, it’s important to lather sunscreen on, daily (read up on the research behind this, here!). If you’re looking for a quality sunscreen to add to your skincare regimen, this one helps provide brightening, soothing, and antioxidant protective benefits.
Have you ever added up how much that daily coffee shop run is actually costing you? Or how much you’re spending on those Uber Eats™ orders? It all seems so convenient in the moment, but looking at your bank statement may convince you otherwise. It’s time to get on top of your finances! Read this post for a quick guide to budgeting.
Pick up a new skill.
Set a goal of getting really good at cartwheels, baking, public speaking, or guitar—maybe even try out all four of these! No matter what you choose, the point is to push yourself to try something new. We don’t grow when we stay stagnant. (Check out this list of 101 new skills to learn if you need ideas.)
Get into meal prepping.
Where does the day go? Suddenly, it’s 6 p.m. and you realize you haven’t even thought about dinner yet. Have no fear, meal prep is here to save the day! Set aside an hour or two at the beginning of the week to make your meals in advance. This will save you hours and stress when mealtimes roll around. Read this post for a quick intro to meal prep!
One of the best ways to be a better you is to become a prominent supporter of your community. That’s where hyping up your local businesses comes in! Buy your produce for the week from a community farmer’s market, or purchase clothing from a local boutique. Even sharing a small business’ post on social media is a great way to show your support!
Rather than just flying through your days with the “whatever happens, happens” mentality, take time each night to plan out your schedule for the following day. Do you have any can’t-miss meetings? Did you sign up for a spin class? Write it all down so that you’re ready to go! Read this post to learn how to develop a nighttime routine that will make the next day a breeze.
Make time for you.
Prioritizing others is never a bad thing … just make sure that in the midst of trying to do everything for everyone else, you’re also making time for yourself. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, right? Whether you’ve got 30 seconds or 30 minutes to spare, here are 50 little things you can do for yourself right now.
Stay hydrated, everyone! Research shows that men should be drinking about 15.5 cups of water each day, while women should be drinking about 11.5 cups. The good news? Water doesn’t have to be boring! Make it a little more fun by trying one of these delicious, infused water recipes.
Limit your screen time.
Want to hear a statistic that will blow your mind? Studies show that the average American spends 7 hours and 4 minutes looking at screens every day. That’s absolutely bananas, if you ask us! Make a conscious effort to unplug and be fully present as often as possible.
No need to overcomplicate it. At its core, growth is really about making a commitment to the small things and adding just a little more intention into every area of your life. Implement one (or all) of these ideas into your routine, and then get going on growing!
Now that we’ve got you feeling motivated, let’s talk about improving your health! Read our post for four small decisions to help you feel your best!