One of the best things about bettering yourself is that you are in the driver’s seat. You control how you grow and change. No matter what anyone else thinks, says or does, no matter what life throws at you, you have complete control of how it impacts your life or even if it does.

1. Declutter Your Social Media

Still following that person on social media who never has anything nice to say? Now is the time to cut them loose. When your social feed is cluttered with posts you don’t want to see, you miss out on the important ones you’d rather be viewing.

2. Pursue a Creative Activity

Creativity releases stress. The act of making something from nothing is not only fun, but also satisfying. Try a creative activity like: painting, drawing, knitting, or coloring.

3. Journal to De-Stress

One creative activity that can lead to a better you is journaling. Writing down your thoughts throughout the day, or first thing in the morning, can improve your mood and leave you feeling better.

4. Do Something You Love

When you do something you love, whether it’s exercising, reading, or putting together puzzles, you’ll feel calmer. Try doing something you love every day even if it’s just for a few minutes.

5. Learn to Say “No”

When you don’t know how to say “no”, you’ll be unhappy most of the time. You’ll find yourself at places you don’t want to be while doing things you don’t want to do. Put yourself first and only say “yes” to opportunities that bring you joy.

6. Disconnect from Email in the Evenings

Working late into the night is a common problem. If you’re looking to pull back, the first step is disconnecting from your email at a certain time every night. Use the time you save for something you actually enjoy.

7. Do a 5-Minute Meditation

Meditating helps you relax even in the most difficult situations. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a quick break to do some meditation. You’ll come back to the problem feeling refreshed.

8. Smile More

Smiling is a natural stress reliever and it doesn’t cost anything. Next time, you’re down in the dumps, look in the mirror and give yourself a big smile.

9. Go for a Walk

Walking burns calories and reduces stress. Try taking different routes every few days so you can see new surroundings and get a better view of the world around you.

10. Subscribe to Positive Podcasts

When you’re looking to add more positivity to your life, podcasts are a great way to go. Download them to your phone, so you can listen while you exercise, work, or do a hobby.

11. Clear the Clutter

If your living space is cluttered, it’s hard to keep your focus or feel relaxed. Reclaim your space by getting rid of things you no longer need or want. You’ll feel better and be more organized.

12. Connect with the Universe

When you have a deeper connection with the universe around you, it helps you to feel serene. It lets you deal with stressful situations without getting overwhelmed and worrying about your problems.

13. Search for the Good Life

A good way to stay positive is by searching for good things. Seek out inspiring people and stories to help you stay on track. Consider keeping a list of things that made you happy each day.

14. Watch the Sun Rise

A sunrise is one of the most beautiful things in the world to witness and watching it can give you a sense of calm and peace. Get up a couple hours earlier than normal and drink a warm beverage while enjoying nature’s how.

15. Embrace Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is a great way to give your emotional health a boost. Concentrate on the good things about yourself, and don’t be afraid to change something if you’re not happy with it.

Becoming a better version of yourself doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that involves making small, daily choices that combined, lead to your best life. If you want to challenge yourself to grow in new and exciting ways, try tackling some of these ideas…

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