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Monday, September 23, 2013

Self-Improvement Month: Tips for Becoming the Best YOU Possible

By definition self-improvement means to make or become better through your own efforts. September is Self-Improvement Month, and it’s a great time to look for ways to make yourself the best YOU possible.

Self-improvement can take place in a number of ways—emotional, spiritual, physical and financial. Your efforts can affect your mind, body and behavior. Ongoing improvement or personal development is necessary for increasing and maintaining self-confidence, self-esteem and self-image, key factors in a healthy personal evaluation.

Girls playing soccer


Why is building self-esteem important?


The need for building self-esteem and confidence starts in childhood. Healthy self- esteem is a balance of feeling capable and feeling loved, according to kidshealth.org.

Children with a healthy self-esteem tend to be more well-adjusted as adults
Healthy self-esteem increases the ability to handle stressors in life
It’s a necessary component in forming and maintaining healthy relationships

Ways to build self-esteem in kids:


Suggest involvement in sports and activities
Help them discover their strengths
Encourage them to spend time with friends who are positive influences and who make them feel good about themselves
Show them they are loved for who they are, not what they achieve

According to Academic Pediatrics, www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov, risk factors for low self-esteem include:

Depression
Anxiety
Suicide
Eating disorders
Violent behavior
Earlier initiation of sexual activity (in girls)
Substance abuse

Clearly, developing a positive self-esteem is essential in childhood. But the need for self-improvement shouldn’t stop after adolescence.  In fact, self-esteem, confidence and personal growth are important factors to consider throughout your lifetime, especially during times of transition, such as:

After a loss—a job, business or relationship.
At a crossroad in life—those recently retired or empty nesters, for example. Visit www.aarp.com for more information.
Ongoing personal growth benefits everyone!

Ideas for self-improvement or personal development:


Woman volunteering to feed dogs Take a class: Learn painting, photography or another art form.
Start an exercise routine: Walking is a great form of exercise and it’s inexpensive.  All you need is a good pair of walking shoes.
Learn a new language: Tapes, books and local classes are available.
Take up a hobby: Knitting or wood working projects can make great gifts.
Join a new group: Book clubs or car enthusiasts share similar interests.
Volunteer your time: Read to the blind or work with animals.

Remember, self-improvement or personal development doesn’t have to be costly. The focus is on doing something to improve your life and your feelings of self-worth, one day at a time.

Benefits of personal development include:


Improvement of existing skills or acquiring new ones
Continued/improved chance of success and happiness
Better quality of life and health
Stronger relationships
Better self image


Steps to Self-Improvement:


The Personal Growth Studio suggests the following:

1. Patience—Give change the necessary time to become a part of your lifestyle.
2. Persistence—Stay the course.
3. Perseverance—Overcome setbacks in your quest to self-improvement.

Whether your self-improvement objectives include a weight-loss plan, financial goals or spiritual aspirations, September is the month to institute a plan. What’s standing in your way?

Kathy Rembisz 
Contributing Writer