In this uncertain time, many people tend to make their life come to a halt. With many things happening due to Covid-19, we are becoming more hopeless in seeing the good in the future. What should we do while waiting for something to be normal again? Is it safe to go out and still do things? Can you do things to help you overcome the stress and anxiety from this pandemic? Although the future seems bleak, we should continue our lives and adapt. If you want to know how to help improve yourself through these tough times, here are a couple of self-improvement ideas.
Why Don’t You Try New Hobbies?
Have you ever thought of trying crocheting, or baking your favorite cupcakes? Now is the time you should push yourself to do that. You might have something on your mind that you want to try before that doesn’t fit in on your past schedule. Try to find new hobbies that not only will keep you occupied, but also promotes personal growth.
Here are some hobby ideas you need to try:
- Try dancing! (You can try different genre and stick to the one you like)
- Play musical instruments
- Cooking and baking
You have to find a hobby that you will find pleasure in and will continue doing even after the pandemic is over.
Do You Want To Go Back To Studying?
Many reasons and hindrances can stop people from finishing their studies. It could be a lack of time, money, better opportunities, or a growing family. However, while everything is at a halt now, this can be a perfect opportunity to finish your degree. Enrolling yourself in school again is not just wasting your time or spending more money – it will be an investment for yourself. With the blended learning that universities are offering now, you can undoubtedly obtain a college degree. You just have to encourage yourself, be determined, and committed to making it work.
Fancy A Workout?
If you have been putting off working out with the excuse of not having the time or getting so tired at work, now you don’t have excuses anymore. Most of us work from home, on indefinite leave, or have flexible work hours, which gives us plenty of time and energy to start a workout routine. With the number of workout videos and free programs offered on the internet, you can undoubtedly work on the best version of you.
Why Not Get Sidelines?
Do you have free time, and you just spend it idling or mindlessly scrolling on social media? Why not try to find a part-time online job or a sideline that will help you improve yourself? It can be selling some of your stuff, teaching English, tutoring to little kids, or article writing. This will give you a sense of responsibility and commitment. Moreover, it will help lessen anxiety, decrease loneliness, and can keep you busy every day.
Can You Do Some Cleaning and Organizing?
The pandemic will give you enough time to do some general cleaning and organizing. Try to clean every part of your house and organize things you want to keep and throw out. You can also redecorate your home to give it a fresh and new look. This will help you physically, emotionally, and mentally. It will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and diligence.
How About Reading?
Reading is good for improving us mentally and emotionally. Studies show that it helps us feel better and encourage positivity. So why not pick up the book that has been on your table for months? You can unwind and past the time reading it. Moreover, it can keep your mind engaged and prevent anxiety and depression caused by the pandemic. There are a lot of genres to try, but if you specifically want to read about self-improvement, here are some suggestions:
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen. R. Covey
- Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition by Napoleon Hill
Working on self-improvement is the best way to spend free time this pandemic causes us. Like what better people do, use it to your advantage. Look for ways to make better use of your time. Try new things, explore your hobbies, do some cleaning, read and study, or exercise. Do the things that will give you fulfilment, and more importantly, spark joy in you.