A Little Self-Care Goes a Long Way
September 14, 2021
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Thomas Paine
Did you know that September is Self-Improvement Month? The Cambridge Dictionary defines self-improvement as “the activity of learning new things on your own to make you a more skilled or able person.“
September is also Chicken Month 🍗 and Better Breakfast Month.🍳🥓. So for all you overachievers, eat a healthy breakfast containing chicken while pondering new goals to better yourself. Boom! Nailed it!
In my last two blogs, we discussed the Six Types of Conflict. We've already covered last blog and last blog. Iʼm going to put the remaining types in one newsletter because, really, do you want four more blogs on conflict? I know I donʼt.
The last four types of conflict are situations/circumstances beyond our control. They are:
- Character vs. Nature
- Character vs. Technology
- Character vs. Supernatural
- Character vs. Society
I think itʼs safe to say, especially with everything going on in the world around us, whether thatʼs Covid, hurricanes, riots, or politics, we are surrounded by conflict. We do not have control over these four types, so maybe to get our mind off them, we need to focus on what we can control. Which leads to...
6 Practical Ways for Self-Improvement:
- Start a new hobby: I recently started playing Pickle Ball. I know what youʼre thinking, but itʼs not just an old personʼs sport. You should see these young bucks whack that wiffle ball on TikTok. Anyway, taking up a new hobby or sport with a friend changes things up a bit. And what better way to release some frustration than to hit something, hard.
- Take a class: My life changed dramatically when I took a writing class. Do you want to learn a new software program, or to cook, or garden? UNM Continuing Education has so many options. Click here to check it out or get ideas.
- Start your days earlier: I have found that I feel much more productive when I get up earlier. This may be a struggle for my night owls but try even ten minutes earlier and see how you feel.
- Exercise every day(ish) 😏: We all know exercise is good for us. Now that the temperatures are cooling off, this would be a great time to get a 30-minute walk in every day or something else you enjoy (like Pickle Ball!).
- Get out of your comfort zone: Sometimes we need to get out of our own way to incite change. And that can be uncomfortable. Hereʼs a great quote by Neale Donald Walsch: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
- Quit a bad habit: And replace it with a good one, like any of the ideas above. Pick one and try it for a couple of weeks. Remember, it took a while to develop the bad habit and it will probably take a little longer to replace it.
Do you plan to do anything for Self-Improvement month? Drop me an email - would love to hear from you.