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A Realist's Guide to Personal Growth

People are always evolving, with life presenting many opportunities to change your circumstances and yourself. It's up to you how you leverage those opportunities for change. Personal growth can demand effort and planning, but that doesn't mean it has to be a pain. This guide provides actionable tips for realistic self-development.

Make mental health a top priority

If you're going to initiate positive changes in your life, you need to be in a good headspace. Lay the groundwork for self-improvement by focusing on your mental health first. Mental Health America offers a list of tips to help, such as tracking gratitude via a journal, getting enough sleep, and minimizing alcohol consumption.

Pick up a new hobby that's just for fun

Another simple step you can take to enhance your mental health is to pick up a new hobby. Research suggests that people with hobbies have better mental health. Additionally, you can leverage your hobby for your own personal development. For example, a craft like sculpting can help unleash your creative side.

Commit to taking better care of yourself physically

Personal growth requires energy, so it's important to make sure you're taking care of yourself physically. Regular exercise and healthy eating are the basis of good physical fitness. If you struggle to work out, find ways to simplify the process. For example, instead of going to a gym, try these home workouts.

Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it

Sleep is another habit that will ensure you have the energy for personal growth. Plus, according to The Sleep Foundation, there is a direct link between sufficient sleep and good mental health. People who don't get enough Z's are at a higher risk of anxiety and depression. Going to bed at the same time every night improves sleep.

Assess your career satisfaction and make changes if needed

If you aren't happy with your current career path, consider making a change. You spend a lot of your life at work, so it's important that you're happy there. Familiarize yourself with common signs that it's time to change tracks, such as feeling dread at the prospect of going to the office.

Consider furthering your education with an additional degree

If you decide it's time to change jobs, you may want to further your education to meet your new goals. An online degree in a field like computer science can open doors. You'll learn important skills like AI, computer theory, data structures, and more. There are many other online degrees available, from business management to accounting.

Think about working with a mentor or coach to help you out of a rut

Sometimes people get stuck in life. If you can't figure out the best path forward to promote personal growth, it may be time to seek external expertise. A mental health professional or a life coach can help. These professionals help you pinpoint hurdles that are impeding your growth and help you find ways around them.

Revamp your home space to support your personal growth journey

The journey of personal growth has ups and downs, and some days will be tougher than others. It's important that you have a safe space to come back to at the end of the day. Transform your home into a soothing oasis of calm with affordable tricks like decluttering, adding more plants, and using cushy throw pillows.

Personal growth rarely happens without some effort on your side. By investing your time, energy, and money into self-improvement, you can start living a happier and healthier existence. The above tips can help you get started.

For more tips on leading your happiest and healthiest life, visit the Kelvin Abney Dare to Journey blog.

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