Week after week, time seems to whiz by, leaving virtually no room to tackle all of those self-improvement goals – you know, the “I’ll read more, cook more, exercise more” variety. Weekends, despite offering up more free time than weekdays, are often filled with social obligations that can leave us feeling more exhausted than refreshed. Improvement, however, begins with an attitude shift, a deliberate decision to carve out time for taking better care of yourself. Here, Savoir Flair brings you five easy ways to get you started on the road to reaching your self-improvement goals.
Try Something New
Being a more well-rounded person requires figuring out not only what you like, but also what you don’t. Plus, trying something new is like weight training for the brain as it offers long-term memory improvement and strengthens connections in the brain, among other benefits. Grab a friend and ask her to join you for a new cooking class, workout session, or painting workshop. For a list of the most exciting things happening around town in November, click here.
Your new motto: eat well, think better. Endless research suggests that eating the right foods protects the brain and improves memory. This includes upping your vegetable intake, reducing your refined-sugar intake, and amping up how much water you drink. Discover the best organic restaurants in Dubai here, and our favorite detox-water recipes to keep you hydrated here.
Pencil in Some Reading Time
Snuggling up with a good book has also been proven to reduce stress and reduce muscle tension. It’s a wonderful way to give your brain a break from the worries of your week, and zone out into a world you dream up in your imagination. Discover Savoir Flair’s must-read titles here.
Create an Inspiration Board
Whether that is on Pinterest or requires cutting out images and quotes that speak to you, taking time to understand what inspires you is the first step to visualizing your dreams and future. You may even want to go as far as writing a letter to your future self, to be opened at a later date, in order to hold yourself accountable for your goals.
Consider a Social-Media Detox
Let’s face it, sometimes weekends are planned purely around potential social-media posts. We’re at a point in time when we think of our lives in filters rather than experiences, but you’ll be amazed at the weight a social-media detox will take off your plate – even if it’s for a day. There will be less opportunity to compare yourself to others, and plenty of chances to be present in whatever activity you’re participating in.