By Kay Pascale
Personal development is a life-long process of discovery that is never complete. While the thought of committing to your own growth and development may exciting to consider, you may not know where to start.
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Here are six things you can incorporate into your day in service of personal development
1. Grounding practice
There are several ancient traditions that offer advice for how to become the best version of yourself. Shamanism is one of these ancient guideposts and offers basic, foundational skills that every adult needs. This wisdom tradition recommends a daily grounding practice or habit.
It’s simple: Put your feet on the bare grass, sit in nature, or place your hands on a tree, there are a variety of ways that you can reconnect to the earth and reconnect to yourself.
2. Journaling practice
Another practical option is to spend time with your journal. All you need to get started is a journal you like, a pen or pencil, and a few minutes to write.
Journaling is excellent for helping to identify patterns, gain personal insight, and transform your mind and body. While some people enjoy writing their thoughts in the morning, others prefer it as a wind-down activity before going to bed at night.
Experiment with which time of day feels best for you and then commit to showing up every day for your own growth and personal development.
3. Movement practice
These days, we’ve become so divorced from natural physical movement that we need to take every opportunity to get our bodies moving.
One of the most organic ways to move is through dance. Dance can be a wonderful form of self expression and vulnerability. Don’t worry if you think you’re not a good dancer—you can dance in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Another form of movement that we could all use more of is exercise. Regular exercise is key for health and longevity. It also offers a nice balance to the free-form nature of dance.
Both of these movement forms can help build confidence in the long-term. After all, when you’re comfortable moving your body, you’ll be more comfortable moving through the world.
4. Meditation practice
Meditation helps us understand where the mind wanders so that we can witness them rather than identify with them. [Read more about how to meditate here] This practice is known to decrease stress, and it can also be a preventative measure to maintain good mental health.
According to House Method, you can create a peaceful meditation environment in the home by sectioning off a small area that’s quiet and has minimal distractions. When you have a meditation space you love, you’ll want to practice every day.
5. Continuous Learning
Many people consider a graduation from school to be the end of their education, but in reality, it is just the beginning. As adults, we have the opportunity to pursue varied interests, become curious about new topics, and dive into knowledge. Follow where your curiosity leads (record it in your journal!) and use it to set personal goals that will inform your continuous learning.
6. Eat Well
Of course, none of this is possible if we don’t remember to properly nourish and support the physical body. If we are what we eat, then eating well is of the highest importance.
The nutrient-dense, fresh, whole foods that your ancestors ate will be the most nourishing for your unique genetics. Tune into how your body responds when you eat processed or fast food. Once you know how you want to feel, your body will give you clues when you are on (or off) the right track.
Improving your mind and body may indeed be a lifelong journey, but with these six tips, you can take steps towards that goal every single day.
Kay Pascale is a writer from Durham, NC. When she’s not writing about the latest wellness trends, she enjoys traveling, trying out the local food scene, and going on long walks with her dog.