Do you know how great it would be if you could come out of your self-quarantine a new and improved person? Let’s face it: Everyone has things about themselves they want to improve upon. We all have bad habits we want to unlearn, new interests we want to discover, passion projects we want to start, and valuable skills we want to acquire.
Often, our excuse for not committing to self-improvement practices, is that we don’t have time. Due to the current self-isolation regulations, however, most of us have suddenly been given the gift of extra time. We now have the time to put self-improvement plans into action and achieve some of the goals we’ve been neglecting.
Have you noticed people commenting on social media about which Netflix series to binge-watch next, how to avoid falling into a depression during self-isolation, or making jokes about gaining the ‘Quarantine 15’ and jokingly calling it ‘boreantine’ due to the impending boredom? Notice the negative connotations associated with quarantine? People are implying that during this time, you’ll probably watch TV all day, let yourself gain some weight, and you should just try not to get too depressed or too bored. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
Spending time alone at home doesn’t mean you have to let yourself go, be bored, or become depressed. And being stuck at home with nowhere to go doesn’t mean you have to watch TV all day or sleep all day, either.
Instead, you could use this extra time to work on yourself. Improve yourself. Build yourself up. And come out of quarantine a new and improved person.
The Secret to Becoming a New and Improved Person
The key to emerging from quarantine a new and improved person is to use this extra time to commit to self-improvement, especially by being dedicated to achieving your goals. So, naturally, the first step would be to write down a clear list of your goals. What can you do from home, in your free time, to achieve those goals?
This will look different for each one of you, depending on your specific goals. If your goal is to start a blog, you’ll want to choose your niche audience and then start writing your first 50 blog posts, because you shouldn’t launch a blog without having content prepared in advance.
If you want to start an e-commerce business, you might want to start by writing your business plan, especially if you think you’ll need funding from investors.
Perhaps your goal is to learn a new skill or acquire some more business knowledge. If that’s the case, you’ll want to order some business-related books to read, find a mentor, or take an online course.
Self-improvement also involves retraining your brain and working on developing a winner’s mindset. If you want to come out of quarantine a new and improved person, you’ll want to start practicing gratitude and positivity, and stop any negative self-talk.
These are just a few examples of ways you can use your time in self-isolation to become a new and improved version of yourself. Below, we’ll discuss various specific examples of ways you can improve yourself, in more detail. This way, you can get a clear idea of how to best use your time in quarantine. Here are 10 ways to come out of quarantine a new and improved person:
1. Discover New Interests
You can’t really become a new and improved version of yourself if you don’t try anything new or discover any new interests. Life becomes tiresome and monotonous if you do the same old things over and over again.
You need to evolve and grow as a person, which means you should be discovering new hobbies that you like, new interests, and trying new things. Even better if you step outside your comfort zone, since oftentimes, magic happens when you leave your comfort zone.
For some people, a new interest might be learning a new skill online. For other people, it might be discovering a new hobby they love, such as cooking, baking, painting or calligraphy. Some of you might even decide to try your hand at vlogging, podcasting or blogging, and decide you love it or realize you have a natural talent for it.
Discovering a new interest could even lead to the birth of a fulfilling and exciting passion project. The thing about passion projects, is they help you uncover your natural talents. For example, discovering a love for guest blogging could lead to the passion project of starting your own blog, and the realization that you’re a great writer.
Remember that when you stay hindered by the same, boring routine you’ve always had, life begins to feel empty and you begin to feel unfulfilled. And if you never try anything new, you might never discover what you’re truly gifted at.
2. Quit a Bad Habit
Everyone has a bad habit they know they should break. Right now, you have the gift of solitude. You have extra alone time to reflect on your bad habits. You have time to think about what you need to change, which bad habits you need to break, and what you could do to unlearn those unhealthy habits.
Perhaps you need to quit drinking, quit eating junk food, or quit binge-watching TV. If we’re using the junk food issue as an example, quitting that bad habit could be as simple as learning how to prep healthier meals, discovering healthier alternatives to your usual snacks, and not keeping any junk food in the house.
If binge-watching TV is the bad habit you want to break, you could try watching valuable and informative YouTube videos instead of pointless sitcoms.
Maybe your bad habit involves wasting time or sleeping too much. It’s possible you need to stop oversleeping and try to become more of a morning person. All you need is to develop a morning routine you’re excited to wake up for.
Or, perhaps your worst habit is negative self-talk or a generally negative outlook on life, which brings us to our next tip.
3. Practice Positivity and Gratitude
If you engage in negative self-talk, you notice much of your thought processes are negative, or you have trouble being positive, that is definitely something you’ll want to work on. In order to become a new and improved version of yourself, you have to ditch the negativity and become more positive.
There are many helpful resources online that will help you learn how to retrain your brain to have more positive thoughts than negative. One of the common tips you’ll read about includes practicing gratitude, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Maltbie D. Babcock famously said, “Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.” In other words, you’ll feel much more positive when you think about what you’re grateful for, rather than thinking about what you’re unhappy with. It helps to write down 3 things you’re grateful for each morning and night, in your journal.
Another tip for becoming more positive that you’ll often read about online, is practicing positive affirmations. This involves reading positive statements out loud to yourself, each day. An example of a positive affirmation you’d say out loud to yourself is, “I can achieve anything I set my mind to.”
Want to know another secret to becoming a more positive person? Working on your self-confidence. If you spend time learning a new skill, committing to a healthier diet, or you discover a new passion, your self-confidence will increase. And when you build up your confidence, you’ll feel more positive on a day-to-day basis, which will improve your life. It’s hard not to be a positive person when you truly love yourself and you’re proud of yourself.
4. Read, Self-Educate and Gain More Knowledge
Anyone seeking to become a new and improved version of themselves during their time in self-isolation, should be absorbing as much knowledge as possible. It’s healthy to spend time learning new things, gaining more knowledge, and self-educating.
One of the best ways to achieve this is by reading books. The key is to buy books that are written by someone who is highly successful, or an expert in their field. You can absorb their knowledge when you read their books, get inspired by their wisdom, and you’ll end up learning a lot.
Knowledge is one of your most powerful assets, and sometimes it’s amazing how much knowledge you can gain from reading a $15 or $20 book. Plus, reading informative books with valuable content is a much better use of your time than watching TV or playing video games. Especially if the information in the book is information that will help you in life.
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5. Find a Mentor
Do you have business-related goals, or goals related to growth and success? If so, during quarantine, you might want to think about finding a business coach or mentor.
You could either join an online mentorship program, or you could schedule virtual meetings (such as a Zoom video call) with your mentor. When you talk to your mentor, you can absorb their knowledge and get their helpful advice on how to best achieve your goals in life.
Finding a mentor will give you that edge, and that push, to keep moving towards success. Anyone who has a great mentor effectively has a secret weapon in life. Your mentor can help you become a new and improved, better version of yourself.
6. Develop a Healthy Morning Routine
How you start your day matters, a lot. Many of you don’t have a morning routine that you’re excited to wake up to. In fact, many of you don’t have any sort of routine in the morning at all. But you’ve got to start your day right.
You need a morning routine that motivates you. Wake up and hit the ground running. Then keep up that momentum all day.
Of course your morning routine should involve a shower and a healthy breakfast. But that’s not all. Have you heard of “morning pages”? That’s when you get out your journal and write down your goals for the day, your thoughts, your hopes, and your general outlook. This could be part of your morning routine. But what else? What if, every morning, you did some yoga after your breakfast, did a home workout, made a smoothie? Or, what if you worked on one of your passion projects each morning, as you drank a healthy green juice? Maybe you’ll go for a nice walk outside with your coffee every morning, or go for a jog? That’s a good idea, to get the blood circulating to your brain, so that you don’t end up being lazy or lethargic all day.
Exercising in the morning is a great addition to your morning routine, because everyone feels better when they’ve exercised that day. You feel even better when you get the exercise out of the way first thing in the morning, and that helps you ensure that you will exercise every day. Adding exercise to your morning routine helps you ensure you won’t forget to exercise. Plus, improving your fitness is helping you become the new and improved version of you.
Maybe every morning, you’ll make a healthy green juice full of superfoods that are great for your brain function.
In general, to become the new and improved you, switching up your routine and developing healthier routines is always a good idea.
7. Practice Self-Care and Find Inner Peace
Stress is bad for both the mind and body, so finding ways to de-stress and take care of yourself is crucial. During quarantine, you should be taking care of yourself. Self-care can be anything from daily meditations and breathing exercises, to daily journaling and nature walks.
Another great form of self-care to practice during quarantine is decluttering and tidying your home. To take care of yourself, you must also take care of your home. Why? Because to truly take care of you, you need to give yourself a nice environment to live in. Clutter is distracting and sometimes decluttering the home leads to your mind feeling decluttered, too. Then, you feel more clear and focused to pay attention to your self-improvement goals.
8. Let Go of The Past
An important component of self-improvement is learning to let go of the past. Your past cannot define you or have power over you. As I’m sure you already know, any amount of time you spend dwelling on the past, is a waste of your precious time.
To become the new and improved version of yourself, you must learn to seize the day, live in the moment, and focus on your bright future. It’s hard to do that when you’re always dwelling on the past.
Whether you can’t stop thinking about a bad breakup, that job you got fired from, or that interview you messed up – you’re doing yourself a disservice. You have to let the past go, otherwise it will control your mood, control your day, and deter you from your goals.
Do whatever you have to do to release the past. Perhaps you need an outlet to release your feelings, whether that’s shouting from the top of a hill, or releasing your thoughts about a past event into your journal. Find a way to get it all out, and let go, so that you can move forward.
Want to become a better version of yourself? Remember that the old you has to die, before you can be reborn.
9. Let Go of Toxic Relationships
Remember how earlier we stressed the importance of learning how to become a more positive person, and how healthy it is to let go of negativity? Well, that includes letting go of any toxic or negative relationships in your life.
As mentioned earlier, time alone during quarantine provides you with a chance to reflect. You need to reflect on the relationships in your life that might be toxic or might be dragging you down. Think of these relationships as dead weight. Perhaps these toxic, negative, or unsupportive people are holding you back in life.
It could be a romantic partner, a friend, or even a business partner. If someone is dragging you down, it may be time to evaluate that relationship.
10. Learn a High-Income Skill
One of the most productive things you can do during quarantine, is learn a high-income skill. When you have extra time on your hands, and you use that time to learn a new skill, it will pay off big time. You’ll end up making more money, becoming more successful, and feeling more confident.
Learning a new skill, by taking an online course for example, is investing in yourself. And investing in yourself is always a wise choice.
You don’t just want to learn any skill, though. You should be very strategic and intentional about what skill you decide to acquire via e-learning. For example, you ideally want to learn a skill that is in high demand, so that you can charge high fees for your services. You can then use that skill to make extra money on the side as a high-paid freelancer. This is what what’s known as a high-income skill.
Copywriting is a high-income skill because it’s a skill that’s in demand, and copywriters get paid well, especially if you master the art of copywriting and become a trained and certified copywriter.
Copywriting is also a recession-proof skill. Even during a global pandemic like coronavirus, e-commerce businesses and online businesses all around the globe are still thriving and still hiring copywriters. So, even during a pandemic, you can make money with remote copywriting work from home.
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