“S” is for September & Self-Improvement
September is a big month for everyone. Summer hours at work are over, students start going back to school, and the summer starts to taper off into fall. It’s a busy time, and everything feels chaotic all at once.
But September is more than the chaos of moving into your new college apartment. It’s also a month focused on self-improvement. While you’re trying to get your classes straight and buying all the supplies you need, remember that this month is a month of power and action. You’re revved up for the school year. Why not be revved up for how you can improve yourself?
Not sure where to start? Here are some things you can do to start your self-improvement journey:
Watch TED Talks
TED Talks are empowering. Not only do you gain new knowledge on a subject you may not be familiar with, but you also get to dive into the speaker’s story and learn about them. What better way to improve yourself than to hear inspiring and motivating stories about challenges and new ideas? Click here to watch some empowering TED Talks to give you confidence to crush this school year.
Learn How To Meditate
Research has shown that meditation can reduce blood pressure by decreasing stress and increasing coping ability. With the crazy school year in full swing, take time to learn about meditation, and then try it for yourself! There are many apps you can download on your phone to help guide you, including Calm and Headspace.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Days melt into weeks, weeks melt into months, and then by the time you know it, the first semester of school has already ended! Time flies, and to keep yourself grounded each day, end it by writing in a gratitude journal. Record five things that you’re grateful for that day and make sure to keep them short—just a single sentence. Studies have traced a range of benefits to the simple act of writing down things we’re grateful for, including: better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among people. Check out these awesome gratitude journals you can purchase.
Start a New Hobby
Not really into cooking? Buy some easy cookbooks, or even a cookbook geared toward college students, to explore this skill more. Who says self-improvement is easy? It takes time and effort. So pick up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a shot!