Spend pennies or nothing at all! 9 ways to improve yourself without cracking your budget
Part of being human is wanting to become better versions of ourselves. We wake up each morning with a need to do better than we did the day before.
This can be an uphill task, especially when you don’t break it down to the specifics you want met to reach your ultimate goal.
You want to be fit. You want to learn a new language. Why, it could even be as simple as getting a decent amount of tasks ticked off in a day without procrastinating.
There are MANY ways to improve yourself. Thankfully, not every method involves you forking out 100 dollars from your wallet (or more!). At times, all it takes is initiative.
Why not opt for these simple ways to upgrading yourself, for that change you so badly want?
1. Brush Your Working Know-How Up
It is always good to be ahead of the game. And honestly, you can begin with browsing the programs and initiatives by Workforce Singapore. There are a couple of programs available, from Career Support Programs for Individuals to Learning and Performance Consulting.
Alternatively, you could go for these short online courses by edX, which provides free online courses. You could opt for a verified certificate by edX for US$99 dollars.
2. Learn a New Life Skill
A hobby gives you a chance to think about something else than work and home, and it doesn’t even have to cost you much.
Here’s one: learning to cook. All you need is a YouTube channel and some ingredients from redmart delivered to your doorstep. In due time, you’ll know how to cook your own meals AND be able to save yourself from the cost of eating out.
3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
You know you’re stagnant when you notice a recurrent pattern in your day, so much so that you can predict how the next one is going to be like. Shake things up in your schedule and do something completely out of the norm.
When you allow yourself to try something new, you’re also learning how to accept and adapt to new circumstances. Even if you didn’t enjoy the new thing you tried out, you’ll be able to at least give yourself a pat on the back for starting something new in the first place.
Even if it’s something that punches your adrenaline buttons like GMax’s Reverse Bungy!
4. Your Very Own Life Handbook
It might seem like an easy task; picking up a piece of paper and baring your soul to it. However, a life handbook does bear a lot of fruits. Think of it as a manual which contains your own annotations on where you are in life, and where you want it to be.
Using your notes here, you’d be able to create a workable timeframe for you to reach your goals, as well as milestones to tick off as you progress towards success.
5. Surround Yourself with Positive People
Robin Sharma once shared this important advice snippet:
“Surround yourself with really good people and your life rises to great.”
There is truth to that sentence. If you are constantly around negative individuals, the things they say and do will, sooner or later bring you down. Instead, envelope yourself with people who have a positive mind-set. You’ll find yourself appreciating their company, and picking up on the good qualities they represent.
6. Stop with the Caffeine
Yes, it is probably a good time to ditch both coffee and tea. Well, at least the ones that come caffeinated. Caffeine has been known to have a lot of side effects. It might be difficult for you to place that hot mug down, but here are some of the harmful effects of the substance:-
- Increased blood pressure
- Adrenal fatigue
While that cup of coffee might help you sharpen your senses for a couple of hours, when it wears down you’d tend to feel doubly tired and agitated, so much so that you’re looking for another cup to lift you up again. It is precisely for this reason that caffeine has been dubbed a drug, and kicking it out from being your daily fix is going to be tough if you don’t have a game plan.
An easy way to kick the caffeine effect is to lower the number of cups you drink gradually. Switch to decaf later on if need be, but seriously, nothing is as good for you as water.
7. Give Back to Society
Volunteer your time to the needy and under-privileged. An hour of your time spent volunteering might not seem like much to you, but the lives that you touch by simply being present certainly has another tale to share about it.
Not sure on where to volunteer? Click on giving.sg, run by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.
8. Exercise Your Body
Physical release is just as necessary as any other form of release. You’ve picked a creative outlet to exercise your brain; now choose another for your body.
Make your muscles pliant with yoga or pilates. If you prefer a more regimented approach, enrol yourself in a kickboxing class. Feeling outdoorsy? Why not try a mountain-climbing gym or go hiking.
For every exercise you do, you’re improving your mood and overall health. Your weight will be well under control. Exercising also gives you more energy in the long run, and reduces your chances of getting sick.
9. Read a Book
Pick up a book of any genre and get reading. While you’re at it, read as much as you can. The more you read, the more you enrich yourself. There’s always something new to learn with every turn of a page or eBook.
Not sure where to start? The National Library Board ought to be able to help you out.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of your time to improve on yourself. All it takes is you spending some quality time with yourself. An hour spent the right way can make a big difference in helping you unlock your potential to its fullest capacity, so that working on good ol’ you today.