Seniors Outreach - August 29, 2018

We are almost at the starting point for our school year, our refocusing time of the year and the time of year that creates an orderly approach for our Fall season – September.
September is also national Self Improvement month. If you think about it, this makes sense. Our summer vacation time is almost over and the families begin to refocus on their jobs, their schooling, their activities, and the more ordered approaches to life.
So, where does this time of year leave Seniors? As our family relations begin to have a more ordered life, perhaps entering into the Self Improvement phase as a senior is possible. More training and further educational programs are available and more opportunities for challenging ourselves and bettering our lives become clearer.
Self Improvement for a Senior may mean a variety of things. Some of these may be to:
Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, graphics and web design, etc. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.
Take up a new course. Is there any new course you can join? Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills. It doesn’t have to be a long-term course – seminars or workshops serve their purpose too.
Create an inspirational room. Your environment sets the mood and tone for you. If you are living in an inspirational environment, you are going to be inspired every day. If your room seems too messy and dull, possibly start on a “Mega Room Revamp” project and overhaul your room. Make sure you tackle this in a very step by step process – don’t try to do it all at once.
Overcome your fears. All of us have fears. Fear of uncertainty, fear of public speaking, fear of risk… All our fears keep us in the same position and prevent us from growing. Recognize that your fears reflect areas where you can grow. Think of fears as the compass for growth. If you have a fear about something, it represents something you’ve yet to address, and addressing it helps one to grow.
Level up your skills. The concept of leveling up simply means gaining experience so you can be better and stronger. You can do this in writing, speaking, working on a skill area, developing a hobby or sport, etc .
Wake up early. That seems simple enough! Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. When you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day. .
Have a weekly exercise routine. A better YOU starts with being in better physical shape. Possibly make it a point to jog or walk briskly at least 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time. You may want to mix it up between jogging, gym lessons and swimming for variation.
Start your life handbook. A life handbook contains the essentials on how you can live your life to the fullest, such as your purpose, your values and goals. Sort of like your manual for your life.
Write a letter to your future self. What do you see yourself as 5 years from now? Will you be the same? Different? What kind of person will you be? Write a letter to your future self – 1 year from now will be a good start – and seal it. Make a date in your calendar to open it 1 year from now. Then start working to become the person you want to open that letter.
Get out of your comfort zone. Real growth comes with hard work and sweat. Being too comfortable doesn’t help us grow – it makes us stagnate. What is your comfort zone? Do you stay in most of the time? Do you keep to your own space when out with other people? Shake your routine up. Do something different. By exposing yourself to a new context, you’re literally growing as you learn to act in new circumstances.
Acknowledge your flaws. Everyone has flaws. What’s most important is to understand them, acknowledge them, and address them. What do you think are your flaws? What are the flaws you can work on now? How do you want to address them?
Get into action. The best way to learn and improve is to take action. What is something you have been meaning to do? How can you take action on it immediately? Waiting doesn’t get anything done. Taking action gives you immediate results to learn from.
Learn from people who inspire you. Think about people you admire. People who inspire you. These people reflect certain qualities you want to have for yourself too. What are the qualities in them you want to have for yourself? How can you acquire these qualities?
[Celestine Chua, Life Coach & Blogger, 42 PRACTICAL WAYS TO IMPROVE YOURSELF on http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/42-practical-ways-to-improve-yourself.html]
These are part of a blog that I connected with and which I found most interesting not only in general but as being an encouraging focus, in my mind at least, for seniors as part of national Self Improvement month.
At Seniors Outreach we continue to work at assisting, providing opportunities for volunteerism, and supporting seniors in ways that enable them to improve their lifestyle and quality of life. Contact us if we can provide such opportunities and support for you at Seniors Outreach, 403-443-2555 or (Toll free to Carbon area) 1-888-443-2555.