Change is hard but it’s usually worth the reward. Don’t refuse to make changes in your life because it seems too difficult or you feel you don’t deserve it. No matter what mistakes you’ve made, you’re allowed another chance. Use that chance to become the person you want to be.
Madonna once said, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
In this two part series we’re looking at some changes you can make. The first post included learning to love yourself, forgive others and practice gratitude. Here are five more ways you can start becoming the person you want to be. For the best outpatient drug rehab in Raleigh NC, call Legacy Freedom for more information.
1. Be kind. In the fast pace of everyday life, we sometimes forget to be kind to one another. It’s as simple as holding a door for someone behind you, or offering to let the person with one item go ahead of you and your cart full of groceries. Also remember to be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, and remember to reward yourself when you accomplish a goal.
2. Listen. Being a good listener is one of the most valuable traits a person can have. Think of a person you always enjoy seeing. Is that person one who actually listens to what you’re saying and responds accordingly? It probably is. We tend to plan how we are going to respond rather than listen to what the other person is saying, which isn’t authentic or being in the moment. Take time to really listen.
3. Be creative. Remember spending hours coloring and drawing as a kid? Try that now. A new trend of coloring has developed among adults who say that it’s relaxing and reduces stress. There’s even a line of coloring books specifically for adults that supposedly have patterns that promote relaxation. Even doodling on a piece of paper for a few minutes can help spark creativity that can lead to ideas that can resolve problems in work and family-related issues.
4. Learn something. If there is something you’ve always wanted to learn to do, what better time than now? Watch a video online, sign up for a class or read a book about something you’ve always been interested in learning. The sooner you try it, the sooner you can become good at it, or in some cases, the sooner you’ll know that you weren’t interested after all. Either way, you’ll never know until you try.
5. Volunteer. Doing things for others has many benefits. You feel good, you’re helping someone else, and you may learn something in the process. Aim to volunteer once a month, whether it’s with the local food bank or by offering to babysit for free for a family member or friend. Or you can find a cause that you feel strongly about, such as hunger, animal cruelty or domestic violence, and find an opportunity locally.
Did you miss part one of the series? Check it out here.
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