There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis
As 2020 is coming to its inevitable close, it is a great time to start looking ahead of you for ways to improve yourself. So why don’t you begin with the most essential element of your life: Your mental health.
Thus, here are some methods to aid you in commencing your journey.
1. Develop new skills
You probably have thought about this one before. Perhaps you didn’t have much time to devote to it, though. Well, why don’t you free up some space in your dense agenda and dedicate it to learning at least one new skill in this upcoming year? This action alone will help you appreciate yourself more and more as you get to know your unknown before capabilities. The proficiencies you’ll develop may also assist you both financially and on a personal level if you handle them properly.
2. Socialize as much as possible
Socializing is generally considered a vital component of life and for good reason. Almost every single human in the globe has socialized at least once in his life. Getting to know different people will assist you in broadening your horizons both professionally as well as on a personal level. You might also form strong bonds with the unique personalities you meet along the way, which can end up providing emotional support further down the road. Surely, though, communicating along with building relationships of all sorts with people will do nothing but benefit you and those around you in the long run.
3. Try out exercising
It isn’t a secret that exercising (or commonly known as working out) provides numerous benefits to the human body such as strengthening your bones as well as your muscles and increasing your chances of living longer. However, working out can actually boost brain functions. Various studies have shown that regular exercise can enhance the memory skills of an individual while also improving his mental health and mood. Particularly, a study conducted by the University of Colombia shows that aerobic exercise appears to enlarge the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain which is mainly responsible for its memory and emotional functions. [Source: Harvard Health Publishing]
4. Give in order to receive
Most paths you follow in life require you to provide something ( whether it a helping hand, money, etc. ) so as to get something in return. Based on this generally accepted saying, it should be in your best interest to help those in need around you. Especially, the people closest to you. The majority of the time you will not receive a lavish materialist ‘reward’ per se, but a far greater spiritual one. That particular one being, inner peace. By aiding the community around you, you essentially acquire a self-satisfaction feeling like no other, as your social circle becomes more lively and stable due to your acts.
5. Reshape your sleep schedule
Many consider the fact of maintaining a proper sleep plan unfeasible. The rapid rates at which modern society functions, more often than not, demand devotion of enormous amounts of time in favor of surviving and progressing within its ranks, leaving an individual little time to rest. What if told you, though, that sleep alone can be considered the defining factor of the course your day will take? Lack of sufficient hours of sleep reduces your alertness, your productivity while it also makes you feel moody. On the other hand, individuals who sleep for an adequate amount of time each day, tend to be more energetic, productive, and upbeat amongst a variety of other elements that contribute to being mentally healthy. So, as a rule of thumb, try getting at least 7 hours of sleep daily for achieving peak performance in life.
6. Become autonomous
Overcoming life’s challenges on your own is considerably tough. Most humans have a tendency of seeking help from others when even the most straightforward problem is presented to them. Unmistakably, that’s a trait that no intellectual individual should ever have, though. On the contrary, it is of critical importance to be versatile and able to adapt to life’s variable phases. Try accomplishing tasks on your own or, in a general manner, handling situations according to what’s best for you. In other words, just try acting your own values and interests from now on. Becoming autonomous should provide you a sense of self-importance just because you’ll acknowledge the fact that your actions matter and therefore you're completely accountable for them. Through this practice, the chance of learning self-soothing techniques that will come in handy at some point later in your life is also present. In conjunction with personal autonomy, it would probably be a great idea to consider pursuing financial autonomy as well, a move that can prove beneficial if you succeed at it.
This year has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the majority of us. The pandemic shook things around and changed the way we live for the foreseeable future. Needless to say, many experienced miserable situations that may have caused them to view the world from a pessimistic point of view. In that regard, though, no one knows what the future has in store for us.
So, to conclude, try implementing all of the methods mentioned previously in your daily life whilst also improving on them in your creative ways and see if they make any effective difference to both your psychology and mentality. Yet, above all, keep your head up and never drop your optimism!