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Women have a tendency to do everything for everybody and too little for themselves. On top of that, when they are encouraged to engage in self-care, it is often things that offer only temporary relief. It’s important to treat yourself sometimes with things like hot baths and breaks to binge-watch your favourite show, but what if you took steps to make long-term improvements in your life? The practical self-improvement tips below can help.

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Organize Your Debts

Few things sound less fun than looking at your debts, but the benefits really do make it worthwhile. If you’re like a lot of people, you don’t even know how much money you owe in total.

This means you probably also don’t realise how much you are paying in interest or how you might be able to improve your terms. For example, you could look into rolling credit card balances onto lower-interest cards.

If you have several student loans, you might be able to consolidate all of your balances into a single loan with a private lender. You will be less likely to make a late payment when you only have one loan to worry about, and you might save on your overall expenses as well.

Making a plan to pay off your debts can increase your overall confidence and optimism about the future. Could you do this towards self-improvement?

Start a Journal

Writing in a journal can be a great tool for both self-care and self-improvement. Pouring your dreams, anxieties and plans for the future onto a page can be as good as talking to a friend—and sometimes better since your journal won’t argue with your conclusions. Use tips from PromptsFirst to help you.

Some people swear by the morning pages approach, in which you write three pages of whatever comes into your mind as soon as you wake up each morning, while others write when they feel like it or use a more rigorous approach to their content.

Writing a self-improvement journal carves out a space that is only for you, unimpeded by the thoughts of others.

Nurture Yourself

If you have a job, children and a spouse, you probably spend very little time on yourself. The idea of finding or nurturing yourself can seem absurd because you don’t even have time to keep up with your existing obligations.

However, it’s important to take time here and there to remember who you are and what you want so that your own hopes and ambitions don’t get subsumed by everyone else’s. It’s important that this doesn’t feel like yet another item on your to-do list. 

You don’t have to do it daily. In fact, you don’t have to set aside special time to do it at all. During your commute, while standing in line or at any other period of downtime, instead of looking at your phone, take a moment to think about where you are now and how that aligns with where you want to be.

The idea is to have some time here and there where you don’t think about yourself in relation to other people or your obligations and only consider who you are and what you want. This can help centre you and keep you focused on your needs and your well-being.

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