Guest post written by Sean Morris. Sean writes for website LearnFit. He worked previously as a social worker, now is a full time dad and wellness blogger. Thank you Sean for your contribution to this community!

Feeling good physically and mentally can come from many sources, but it can be hard to find a means of self-improvement that works for your specific needs and schedule. There may be a few things you can do that will make a big difference that you may not have thought of, however, from changing up your environment to finally starting your own business. 

It’s also important to consider your overall health and wellbeing. For instance, if you suffer from chronic pain, there are changes you can make to your diet that could be helpful. Go to www.hopeforpain.org/plant-based/ for helpful resources from Hope For Pain. Also go to their Instagram for weekly tips at @thehopeforpain

Here are a few tips on how to make self-improvement an easy task this year.

Work for yourself

While starting a business can be challenging, it can also allow for lots of personal growth and self-confidence as you learn how to trust your instincts and figure out the best path for yourself professionally. Unsure of how to start a business in Virginia? Read up on the process of filing paperwork, creating a unique name for your business, and appointing a registered agent, and find out what sort of fees you can expect to pay. There are several online resources that will help you along the way, including some for managing social media and some that will give you the tools you need to design and publish marketing materials. 

Update your wardrobe

If you’re going to be running your own business, it helps to look as powerful as you feel. Updating your wardrobe is a great way to raise your confidence, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a big impact. Look for timeless pieces, such as tailored black pants, a crisp white shirt, or a fitted jacket. Go through your closet and pull out pieces that are outdated or don’t fit well anymore. Not only will this help you make room for new things, it will allow you to declutter and get rid of items that don’t further your goals.

Treat yourself

Buying new clothes may not seem like a form of self-care, but it is. Self-care comes in many other forms, from learning to say “no” to treating yourself to some alone time after a busy week. Think about what your mind and body really need and allow yourself those things as often as you can. If stress and anxiety are getting to you, carve time into your schedule for a spa day or a hike in the woods. Join a gym or yoga class so you can take care of your mind and body at the same time. The more you can do for yourself, the easier it will be to handle stress and other negative emotions when they arrive.

Change your surroundings

Another simple way to take care of yourself is to change your environment to make it healthier or more productive. If you have trouble sleeping, for instance, you might buy new bedding, update the window treatments, and change the temperature in your bedroom. Adding plants can help to reduce stress and boost the air quality in a home. If you work from home, make sure your office or workspace is decluttered and distraction-free. These small changes can make a big difference in how you feel.

Self-improvement takes time, so be kind to yourself as you make these changes. Set some realistic goals that will help you move forward in a healthy way, and look for support online and from friends and family as you try new things.

Interested in learning more about how your diet can affect chronic pain? Explore Hope For Pain today.

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