Self-Help: 9 Thoughtful Ways to Be a Better Person

One of the best ways to improve your quality of life is to be a better person. While this may not always be easy, you can take small actions towards self-improvement. For one, having a positive mindset can be very helpful in making personal progress. Here are a few things you can try to be a better person.

Be Your Authentic Self

One way to be a better person is to be your authentic self. After all, when you’re not yourself, you might make the wrong friends, take care of your health a lot less and do plenty of things you regret. On the other hand, when you are being yourself, you’re probably more positive, physically fit and friendly with people who genuinely care about you as a person. This can open many opportunities for you in your relationships, career and other areas of life.

Practice Self-Care

The only way you can really care about others is to love yourself. Doing self-care activities on a regular basis can help you gain self-respect. Some ideas for self-care include eating a healthy diet, spending time with a pet, using essential oils, exercising at least three to four times per week or playing calming music, among others. Furthermore, you can commit to self-care by asking a friend to join you or writing your thoughts and plans in a daily journal.

Try Being More Spiritual

Spirituality has the power to change lives in the most positive ways. According to Psychology Today, spiritual people can be more empathetic and less likely to commit suicide. Many people utilize spirituality to deal with alcoholism, death and other personal problems. Besides this, you may gain meaning and a sense of purpose by praying, meditating or doing yoga a few times a week. Some benefits of yoga are improved balance, flexibility, sleep quality, mood and others.

Consider How Your Actions Affect Others

One person’s actions can matter a whole lot. For example, treating people with respect can not only make them like you more, but they’ll likely always remember your kindness. Since most people can be jerks, doing a good deed can be rewarding to you and those around you. At the least, you’ll feel like a better person for doing something positive.

Be Grateful for Nature

With all of the trash littering the oceans, forests and other areas across the planet, now is always the time to be grateful for nature. Of course, you can do this by joining a neighborhood cleanup group, planting a tree, choosing reusable alternatives, eating less meat, growing your own produce, going paperless or donating gently used items, among others. Another way is to volunteer for an animal welfare organization of your choice by taking a dog for a walk, writing blog articles, fundraising or doing something else.

Try Being Selfless

If you pay attention to how you feel when you focus on yourself too much, you might not like yourself at these times. However, when you do something unselfish, you probably like who you are more. For instance, think about the times when you might have opened a door for someone or listened to a friend when no one else was there for him/her. These actions or others like them likely made you feel like a good person. In addition, you can be more selfless by volunteering or doing good deeds every day.

Protect Those Who are Vulnerable

The truth is that the world is full of bullies who don’t mind preying on the vulnerable and weak. Instead of standing back and watching someone suffer or joining in the bullying, try to protect them. You can do this by speaking up against bullies. Letting them know that this isn’t okay can save someone else a great deal of trouble. Consequently, bullies can cause someone to have serious mental health issues or commit suicide. Bullies aren’t only strangers, but they can also be family members or those who call themselves friends.

Do the Right Thing

Although doing the right thing can be a challenge, it has plenty of benefits. For one, you’ll have a more meaningful life and maybe even a purpose. Another benefit is that you can make friends with people who you have mutual respect with. You’ll learn to see people as actual human beings. Finally, you’ll like yourself for who you are.

Commit to Self-Improvement

Possibly the hardest part of being a better person is committing to it. But telling yourself you can do it no matter what happens can significantly impact your life. Keep saying you can do it and persevere through every obstacle you face. Before you know it, your life will be going the way you’ve always wanted it to.

If you have trouble with improving yourself, it’s important to be understanding of why you feel this way. For example, maybe you have unresolved issues from childhood. In this case, you might want to see a therapist you can trust. Further, giving yourself time to adjust to change can make life a bit easier on you.

Be Healthier and Happier: 10 Ways to Gain Peace of Mind

When you’re stuck in a negative mindset, gaining peace of mind can be a challenge. For one, if life is meaningless, it can seem as though there’s no reason to live at all. Instead of allowing negativity to get the best of you, make every effort to be positive again. Here are some ideas on how to gain peace of mind.

Do Arts & Crafts

Getting creative can stimulate the imagination, boost positivity and help you forget about any real life problems you may face. Being a professional artist isn’t necessary to create admirable artwork. In fact, the best reason to do arts & crafts is to enjoy the process. A few ideas to try out include painting a colorful flower, drawing with markers, coloring in a coloring book, making a pencil box, crocheting a blanket and others.

Eat Healthy Foods

When you’re feeling down, you might be tempted to consume junk food such as hamburgers, hot dogs or anything that may be available. Rather than make yourself feel sick to your stomach, make smarter choices. For example, pick up a handful of blueberries, or make yourself a bowl of healthy cereal.

Be Grateful for Something

The last thing you probably want to do is be grateful when you lack peace of mind. The problem with this is that ungratefulness only tends to lead to more negativity. And negativity can lead to health problems. For this reason, it’s vital to take care of yourself. You can try writing what you’re grateful for in a daily journal. This could be your pet, grandmother, nature or anything you choose.

Spend Time in Nature

If you’ve been stuck in the house for an excessive amount of time, you should probably head outdoors. This will allow you to breathe in fresh oxygen, and feel healthier and happier. While you’re outside, you can draw objects found in nature, eat a healthy snack, watch birds or go for a walk.

Get Active

Doing unhealthy activities like watching television or eating potato chips for an hour can give you too much time to dwell. In order to avoid getting stuck in a negative mindset, get up and do something. You can do some light exercise, do some stretches, go for a jog, play an outdoor game or something else you enjoy.

Write in a Journal

Since your journal belongs to you, you can write anything you desire in it. For instance, write a poem, create an interesting story or draw pictures. As you do this, one goal should be to express your feelings in a healthy manner with creativity. You can even jot down your feelings as they arise. This can be helpful in letting out any negative emotions you may hold inside.

Do Some Reading

Reading can help you ignore reality and focus on the story at hand. You can read whatever holds your attention and inspires you to gain your positive mindset back. If you need peace of mind, it can be helpful to read a book that inspires peace. Some examples are The Fellowship of the Ring or The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling or Redwall by Brian Jacques, among others.

Try Spirituality

If you can’t find peace of mind, you might have feelings of hostility, extreme sadness or other unwanted emotions. In this instance, spirituality can be beneficial to your health and well-being because it can give you something to believe in. You can say a prayer to yourself, meditate for a time or do basic yoga poses. Being more spiritual can also change your life in profound ways. For one thing, you can incorporate it into your lifestyle by doing spiritual techniques instead of drinking, smoking, overeating or doing drugs.

Socialize More Often

While being alone has plenty of benefits, isolation can cause depression, anxiousness or even suicidal thoughts. For this reason, socializing a bit more can motivate you to get back into a positive mindset. You could interact with others on social media, but talking to people in person is the healthiest way to get back on track .

Seek Help

If things are so bad that nothing seems to work, consider speaking to a therapist you can trust. You can talk to someone online or make an appointment in your area. Another idea is to join a support group. Being part of a group of people who’ve experienced similar circumstances to you can make you feel understood and cared for.

Although life can be extremely challenging at times, it’s important to remain strong. No matter how badly others may treat you, you deserve to love yourself. And having self-love makes it easier to care about others.

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