Most people are familiar with New Year’s resolutions. The appeal of New Year’s is having the opportunity to reflect on who you’ve been over the past year, how you want to change, and who you’d like to be. You can totally reinvent yourself. Now, fast forward to halfway through the year. How many of your resolutions are you sticking to? Do you remember what all of them were? Maybe you’re one of the few who didn’t buy into the hype in the first place.
The good news is, it’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. You can take steps to become the person you want to be any day of the year, even in the middle of summer. You’ll feel just as accomplished as you would have in January.
Read on for a few ways to commit to positive change that will leave you feeling capable of anything!
Enroll in a Free Workshop
Enrolling in an educational course is a huge step you can take toward self-improvement. There are online courses, seminars, and workshops on a wide variety of topics, and many of them are completely free. You may also find in-person opportunities at nearby universities, coffee shops, and community centers.
Possible topics include computer literacy, cooking, and gardening. Maybe you have something in mind you want to learn; now is a great time to get started! If nothing in particular comes to mind, pick one anyway and maybe you’ll find a new interest.
Mindfulness and meditation can improve your life in a multitude of ways. They help calm you down and focus your energy on the present moment. The result is devoting your time and attention to the tasks of the day, rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future. You’ll feel more self-accepting and powerful when you clear your mind.
Mindfulness is a skill, and like any other skill, it requires practice and patience. Activities which promote mindfulness and meditation include breathing exercises, yoga, and keeping a gratitude journal.
Read From a Book Every Day
The internet just can’t replace a good old-fashioned book. Reading books grants you wisdom, connects you with society both past and present, and fosters discipline. If you, like so many others, are used to today’s culture of instant gratification, sitting down with a book might not feel natural, so you’ll want to commit to reading every day. It might be a good idea to set a goal of how many pages you’ll read per day. Over time you’ll notice your patience growing as well as your knowledge.
Become a Volunteer
No matter how busy your schedule is, you can always squeeze in at least a little time for others. There are many rewarding volunteer options, including serving at a homeless shelter, mentoring a child or teenager, or taking care of animals at an animal shelter. Think about what you’re interested in or what you’d like to get better at when narrowing down your options. Helping others fosters positive qualities such as humility, empathy, and kindness. If these are traits you want to work on, check out the opportunities available in your area.
De-Clutter Your Life
If you’re constantly scrambling around looking for something or scratching your head trying to figure out what you forgot, it might be time to implement some organization. This might mean putting in some work by cleaning out your closet or garage. It also might mean organizing your time by writing to-do lists or using a planner. It can be easy to lose track of everything you’ve got going on, especially if you’re busy. Writing everything down and knowing exactly where to find what you need will drastically reduce your stress level.
Learn to Take Care of Your Home
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This is one skill to learn that keeps on giving. In fact, if you’re going to learn a practical new skill as part of your mid-year resolutions, this is probably the one with the most payoff. Learning to do basic home maintenance tasks like clean your gutters and clearing out your dryer vent will save you countless dollars on repair services.
Learning to perform home maintenance tasks will also make sure your home is safe. Checking the air quality in your home is a top priority, because if your air quality is low, you’re jeopardizing the health of everyone in it. Pollutants like radon and microbial growth can lead to serious health problems. You should also learn what to do when your air quality is low and when it’s time to bring in a contractor. Having an efficient HVAC system will also help you by cutting utility costs!
The idea behind New Year’s resolutions is to be a better “you” by the end of the year. If you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions, or did but haven’t stuck to them, you’re better off starting now than waiting until next year! There’s no wrong time to practice self-improvement. Now you know of a few steps you can take to make a huge change in your life. Pick one (or a few) and start making yourself proud.