One of my new year goals was to work on self-improvement, and I have been making baby steps in my attempt to be a more mindful, organised, better person. There are a few things that I do already to look after myself, but other things have been harder to introduce into my routine and turn into habits. I don’t think anybody really ‘has it together’ completely, but here are 20 things that I have been doing to make my life a little more organised, minimal and to generally self-improve!
1. Cutting down on my plastic usage
You can read my post about cutting down on plastic here. I’ve ditched the coffee cups, tea bags and plastic bottles to do my bit for the planet.
2. Taking my makeup off every night
I’ve always been very good at doing this, even after a big night out. I hate waking up with panda eyes!
3. Ditching the makeup wipes
I made this change a year or so ago when I heard how bad makeup wipes are for your skin. Although it’s a little more effort to use a cleanser and cotton pads, my skin feels so much better for it. Plus, makeup wipes are really bad for the environment.
4. Making my own coffee
I used to spend so much money on takeaway coffee, and at £3.50 a pop it was starting to add up each week. For Christmas, I was lucky enough to be given a coffee machine and I’ve been making my own coffee ever since, saving so much money.
5. Giving blood
I gave blood for the first time in January, and I have since found out I have a rare blood type (O-). I feel awful that I didn’t know this before – but I have already signed up for my next appointment so I can carry on giving as often as I can.
6. Going meat-free where possible
Over the last two years, I’ve been eating a lot more vegetarian food at home, to the point where I rarely buy meat in our weekly food shop. I’m not super strict but I try and go meat-free when I can.
7. Buying better quality clothing less often
Rather than impulse buy, I want 2018 to be the year of the capsule wardrobe. I recently invested in some statement pieces and I plan not to spend again until the spring. Wish me luck!
8. Giving myself permission to switch off
I am guilty of feeling guilty when I am lying on the sofa watching Netflix or catching up on Twitter. I feel like I should always be ‘on’, writing blog posts, planning my work schedule or coming up with ideas. It’s okay to do absolutely nothing sometimes and switch off completely.
9. Investing in a good mattress
Liam and I recently bought an Eve mattress, after five years on a creaky divan bed. It’s probably been the best purchase of the year – nothing beats a good nights sleep.
10. Eating breakfast
They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! Even if I have to set my alarm ten minutes earlier each morning, I always make a point of eating something within half an hour of waking up.
My good friend Richard has drilled it into me…’moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!’.
12. Making sure it’s all about balance
Eat the cake. Buy the shoes. Say yes to dessert. Treat yourself. But make sure it’s all about balance…so equally, go for that run. Save the pay cheque. Spoil a loved one.
13. Learning all the time
I love learning something new, and I am always keen to learn more! I work in digital marketing, so I am always learning new things about how to attract people’s attention – and I can usually then transfer those skills to this blog.
14. Not caring about what other people think about me
I came to the realisation that regardless of what you do or say, people will always form an opinion of you. I need to stop worrying about that opinion, it’s out of my hands!
15. Drinking lots of water
I am yet to master the art of drinking two litres a day, but I am definitely drinking more water – and trying not to function on just tea and coffee at work! When I do, it makes such a difference to my mood as well as my skin.
16. Being more hygge and taking pleasure from life’s simple things
You can find my beginners guide to hygge here. Whether I am snuggled up in a blanket, burning some of my favourite candles or just simply having a good debate or in-depth conversation with Liam – I remind myself how great these moments are and that they are priceless.
17. Cutting down on refined sugar
Refined sugar is bad news – and I’ve been making changes to my diet to try and cut it out such as moving to honey in my tea or sweetening my breakfast with fruit instead of syrups.
18. Pushing myself to do something I could never do now
In 2016, I went from couch to half marathon, which was something I saw as impossible at the time. This year, I’d like to do something similar, and I have recently taken up aerial silks and yoga. If I can get my splits this year – that is definitely something I cannot do right now.
19. Not worrying about what everyone else is doing
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing, whether that is comparing lives or criticising choices. I choose to focus on myself – as long as I am doing the best that I can do, then that is what counts for me.
20. Making my bed
And finally, I always make sure my bed is made before I leave for work in the morning. It’s a small thing – but it makes me feel like there is some organisation in the chaos of everyday life!
Is there anything that you do for self-improvement? There’s no one size fits all, so you have to do what is right for you – but hopefully, some of these points may have inspired you to make some small changes for the better.