If you want to make some lifestyle changes to help become a better person, here are some easy changes you can make.
Self-improvement can be tough sometimes, but recognising that you need to constantly evolve can be the first big step. If you want to make some changes to your everyday life to be a better person, whether that’s improving your contributions to society, helping others or making changes to improve your own personal health and wellbeing it can be tough to know where to start.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be hard, so, if you want to be the healthiest and best version of yourself here are some simple and easy ways you can start being a better person today!
1. Keep up to date with current affairs
While it’s important to keep up with the news, many of us tend to read the headlines and form opinions without looking any deeper. One of the best ways you can develop and improve as a person is to educate yourself on important world issues and find out what you care about and what values you align yourself with.
Sometimes it can be hard to engage with certain headlines and the 24 hour constant news cycle can be really overwhelming. With more and more students choosing to take digital detoxes and step away from the negativity of social media every now and again, you might feel like without your phone you’ll be out of the loop when it comes to accessing the news.
Luckily, the Guardian Weekly magazine can help you to understand beyond the headlines and help you to form an opinion on the things that matter, without needing your phone. This means that you can take a break from screens and reflect in a nice clear headspace, without the distraction of social media.
This way you can easily take a stance and be an active conversationalist and advocate for the issues that are important to you. Best of all? You can get 70% off for 3 months when with your Student Beans account!
2. Be less wasteful
Let’s face it, we could all stand to be a bit less wasteful when it comes to what we throw away. Whether you’re guilty of throwing out food because it’s gone off before you had the chance to cook with it, using a lot of single-use plastic, or not recycling properly there are a lot of small changes you can make to help you cut down on waste.
If you want to start making some changes to be less wasteful, you could start freezing all of the fresh food that you buy to help it last longer (and to help cut down on the costs of food shopping too). Or, opt for a meal prep subscription like HelloFresh, Green Chef or Gousto to help you eat fresher ingredients and cut down on food waste too. This way, you’ll only have small portions of the exact ingredients you need and you’ll be eating dinner with fresh ingredients each night too, so it’s a win-win all around.
3. Take care of your body
We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but vitamins are important. Taking vitamins and supplements can make you feel so much better and once you start getting into the routine of taking them daily you’ll honestly feel the improvement in yourself. If you want to boost your productivity, supplement your diet, have a stronger immune system and get an all-around boost to your general health vitamins can help you instantly feel like a better person just for taking them.
Whether you opt for a daily multivitamin or something more specific such as Vitamin C which can improve your immune functions and give you more energy, MyProtein has loads of great vitamins and supplements for students to take every day.
4. Shop more sustainably
Second-hand shopping is a great way to be kind to the environment and still feed a shopping addiction. From charity shops to buying and selling on Vinted or Depop, the huge sustainable fashion craze on TiTok right now is a big move in the right direction away from fast fashion and a great way to be a better person.
Fast fashion companies are not only unsustainable but often have shady ethics, and while it’s ok to shop fast fashion every now and again or if you’re looking for size-inclusive or affordable clothing, making the step towards sustainable shopping is a great way to do your bit for the planet. You can even try websites such as Vestiaire Collective and FARFETCH to buy higher-end pre-owned pieces, to save yourself some cash on the things you really want to add to your wardrobe.
5. Travel sustainably
First of all, the easiest way to be kinder to the planet and to yourself is to start walking more. Not only is this beneficial to the environment but it’s great for you too, to help you get outside, see more of the world and get some steps in during a busy day of lectures.
However, if you do need to travel a bit further it’s possible to travel sustainably with and without a car. If you can’t imagine not driving, try lift-sharing with your friends rather than all driving your own cars, or ditch your car altogether every once in a while and try a more sustainable mode of transport such as cycling or coaches. Most big cities will have a cycling scheme where you can borrow a bike such as Santander Cycles or you could buy your own and start cycling too and from lectures every day.
If you need to get to a different city, National Express offers affordable journeys with low-emission or zero vehicles. This is also great for the environment as it reduces the number of people needing to take individual journeys in their cars to get to a destination, so if you want to take a break from driving and help the planet it’s definitely an option to consider for your next city trip.
Don’t forget to check out all of the great student discounts we have at Student Beans to help you take those important steps towards self-improvement and helping the planet and others.