STMNA Bioactive supplements explores: Self Improvement? Or Self-Sabotage?

Welcome to the final instalment of our four-part series, where we dissect the most common New
Year’s resolutions with the aim of guiding you towards more sustainable, long-term health goals.

Before I dive into the last topic, I want to emphasise my belief in the power that self-
improvement can have on one’s health. When you prioritise yourself and your health, it can
improve your life significantly. Over the past years, as an owner of a supplement company, I have adopted many new habits, enhanced my well-being, delved into meditation podcasts, started journaling, and established healthy morning and night routines. This being said, I had to trial many forms of how to better myself, with many failures until I formulated a regime that works for me.

At the core of my company’s ethos is promoting holistic health, emphasising the benefits of
healthy mindset, physical activity and nutrition. 

Now we have established that, l want to talk about the negative associations of setting the New
Years goal of self-improvement, and often going to extremes to try to achieve this. 
I don’t know about you, but as an owner of a health and wellness business, I am constantly
bombarded with various suggestions for self-improvement. I have approximately 13 podcasts
dedicated to mindset, meditation, business and health, that I feel compelled to listen to during
any spare moment I have. And if I opt to put on a reality TV show instead of listening to
something ’beneficial’ I instantly get a sense of overwhelming guilt because I am not bettering
myself, instead, I am choosing to ‘numb’ my brain. Forever feeling that I am always having to
walk on a tightrope of self-improvement.

In today’s era of social media, we are always pushed to compare and are pressured to
constantly self-improve, easily falling victim to unrealistic expectations. Companies capitalise on
our shame and insecurities, urging us to meditate for an hour a day, practise mindfulness,
exercise gratitude, and always self-improve. We’re constantly reading inspirational quotes and
pushing ourselves to the limit of self-improvement. Daily reminders to always be grateful, keep a
positive mindset and grow into a better version of yourself, often leads to a feeling of never
being “good enough”.

For people like me, who have a perfectionist personality, I have learnt that the more I push
myself into growing and adopting these new self-improvement lifestyles, the clearer it became
this will never be good enough and this mindset ultimately can be extremely unhealthy. I’ve
learned firsthand that sustainable progress lies in small, manageable changes tailored to our
individual preferences and needs. The key is to adopt habits and lifestyle changes that you will
actually enjoy and find value out of. 

For example, rather than diving headfirst into hour long meditation sessions, I suggest starting
smaller and working your way up. Why? Well, because meditation is a skill that requires a lot of
time and patience to get used to. Meditation is a tool that can be very powerful when done
correctly and can help you in times of stress and anxiety. However, biting off more than you can
chew can lead to racing thoughts about all the other things you could be doing, which leads to
resentment towards meditating, guilt when you miss a day and ultimately you won’t stick with it
because it is negatively affecting your mental health.

Here is my suggestion: download an app like Headspace or Smiling Mind and do the
introduction to meditation podcasts. These teach you about the benefits of meditation, breathing
techniques and various mindsets and emotions. Then I would slowly introduce longer meditations through YouTube, Spotify or in person classes. You could also try listening at
different times of the day – mornings or nights, whatever you find provides you with more value.
You could also join Yoga classes or breathwork classes that offer meditation and breathing
combined with movement. Finally, try mindfulness techniques in your day-to-day activities like
walking, washing your hands or cooking, to be present in the moment.

Another example of a self-improvement goal people often get caught up in, is reading
exclusively self-help books or listening to self-help podcasts. While I personally find non-fiction
books the most valuable in my own personal growth, as I learn and expand my mind so much
through these platforms, I often find I never have any time to “switch off”. This unfortunately
leads me to feeling overwhelmed and burnt out because I’m constantly striving and pushing the
boundaries to grow and improve.

What I have started doing instead is picking a time, which for me is at night before bed, to read entirely fiction books. I have started reading fantasy which has completely changed my relationship with reading. I now look forward to my evenings where I can escape into another world and enjoy some downtime instead of constantly focusing on ways for self-growth. Again, it’s all about balance and finding sustainable solutions that will give you the best of both worlds. Too much of anything can become too toxic, even if it is improving yourself.

Ultimately, it’s about striking a balance between growth and self-care. Too much focus on
improvement can lead to burnout and disappointment. As we navigate the complexities of self-
improvement, let’s remember that consistency and balance is the key to lasting change. My
company’s ethos reflects this belief, offering supplements that complement a balanced lifestyle,
supporting both physical and mental well-being.

In conclusion, self-improvement is not about perfection but progress. It’s about embracing the
journey with compassion and resilience, recognising that true growth unfolds gradually, not
overnight. As we embark on this new year, let’s commit to cultivating balance in our lives,
nurturing ourselves with kindness and grace. Here’s to a year filled with growth, resilience, and
abundant well-being. Cheers to the adventure ahead!

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