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How to Better Yourself: 6 Key Areas of Focus for a Better You

We’ve broken down the six main aspects of personal health and offered some methods that can teach you how to better yourself. Whether you know you need to focus on one area or you want to take a stab at improving in all six, we’re here to guide you through the process.

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Life can be challenging at times, to say the least. We all encounter our own bumps in the road from time-to-time, whether it’s challenges at work or in your personal life, or your own mental health issues that are affecting you more than ever before. Or maybe you’re simply looking for some change in your life to help you become the best version of yourself. 

But how do you navigate these challenges? Where to even start?

Well, we’re going to give you a short answer that probably won’t leave you satisfied: it is different for everyone (it really is, we promise). But, in this article, we’re breaking down the six main aspects of holistic health and offering some methods of improving yourself in each area. Hopefully, this quick read serves as a jumping off point to get you started. Hey, you’ve made it this far! Keep on perusing and leave us a comment if there’s anything else you’ve experienced that can help the next reader.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

Physical health

Sleep. Food. Exercise. 

If you are out of sorts in any of these three aspects of your physical health, you’ll have a hard time bettering yourself in any other area. Make sure you’re getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Eat a balanced diet that fuels your body and makes you feel good both while you’re eating and after you’ve eaten. Find ways of getting active that you don’t hate. If you hate going to the gym, try hiking or dancing! There are so many ways to stay active that are also a ton of fun.

More ideas: rock climbing, tango, playing with your kids, volleyball, martial arts, pole dancing, yoga, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, bicycling, hiking, running, walking, swimming.

Environmental health

The world around us affects us more than we know. Your home, your workplace, and the places that you spend your leisure time are key factors that influence your health and well-being. To better your environmental health, try tidying up your home or doing a deep clean. You could even take on a major DIY project and remodel an area or a whole room in your home.

Your environmental health also relates to the health of the natural world around you. You can better yourself by getting out in nature at least once every day. Sunlight is great for your mental health, and even a 30-minute brisk walk can make you feel more connected to the world around you.

Emotional health

Your emotional health relates to how in touch you are with your emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Good emotional health means you can express your own thoughts and feelings while also absorbing the thoughts and feelings of other people.

To better your emotional health, try journaling every morning. Write three pages of free hand brain-dump thoughts and feelings out on the page, and you may find that you’ll walk away feeling lighter. Meditating is another good way to manage your emotional health, and mental health therapy is also an excellent tool, even if you are not struggling with a mental health condition or disorder.

Social health

Humans are social creatures by nature. Building your social wellness will boost your mood and make you a happier, more connected member of society. To build your social health, you don’t necessarily have to be going out and making plans every day of the week. Instead, try giving an old friend a call and catching up over the phone. Enroll in a new class and get to know your classmates. Plan a date night with your partner or spouse – even better if it’s spontaneous and romantic!

Intellectual health

Nurturing your intellectual health is not about doing math problems all day… Unless that’s your thing, of course. If you are an intellectually healthy person, you feel enlivened and challenged by the world around you. You are an engaged, open-minded person who is always ready to learn.

The number one way to better your intellectual health, in our opinion, is to read. By reading 10 or 20 pages of a book every day, you will become the kind of person who reads dozens of books every year. You can read absolutely anything you want, as long as it excites you and teaches you something.

Spiritual health

Bettering your spiritual health can often involve opening yourself to the idea that life is inherently meaningful. Finding your purpose is a lofty task. Oftentimes, we can find purpose in the small moments of connection with the people in our lives. 

To develop your spiritual health, you could go to church and engage in formal religious activities, but you can also drink a cup of tea with the sun shining on your face while meditating on the things you are grateful for. Your spiritual health is yours and yours alone.

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We hope that by breaking down the six areas of wellness you were able to hone in on which one needs your attention most. Bettering yourself is a lifelong process. Major change will not happen overnight, but if you work on yourself a little bit every day, you will start to notice a transformation in your outlook on life. Cheers to you for getting started.

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