At some point in our lives we have all faced trials and tribulations. Fortunately, we are not judged by our trials and tribulations, nor how we react during them, but by what we learn, and how we are shaped by them. This article will offer some insight and advice concerning personal development.

A great self help tip is to not stay indoors for too long. When you keep yourself cooped up indoors, you can become quickly become isolated and very depressed. It may be hard, but try forcing yourself to go outside every day just to get out of the house.

The best way you can help yourself is to spend more time relaxing. Many times, people get depression or anxiety because they are overwhelmed. By taking even one hour out of your day to just relax, read a book or watch TV, your mind is more stable to handle important matters.

Study your text’s index! Indexes are made to put the contents of a book at your fingertips. Used wisely and they aren’t just quick references for page numbers. They are ready made lists of the information you should be learning. Review the indexes of your texts frequently to see if you are progressing as you should.

Make lists, lists, and more lists! Lists facilitate action. They free up our time for more important matters at hand. Are you traveling? You should already have a list of what you will need to take. Are you giving a presentation at work? Have a list at hand of what displays you need to have in place.

You cannot make any progress with respect to personal development if you have not outlined a goal or set of goals. For example, you may be wanting to lose weight. Without a goal in sight, it is near impossible to progress or feel like you are making progress. So, establish a goal now.

List all of your obstacles in life, both major and minor, long-term and short-term. These can be hurdles from the past, present, or future. Explore the different ways that you were able to overcome past adversity, all of the possible solutions for your current issues or problems, and how you might prevent future hurdles or develop a contingency plan.

Make small gradual changes in your behavior. Quitting bad habits cold turkey works in some instances but in other situations smaller and more gradual changes more effectively achieve long-lasting change. Walking one block every day is better than running a half mile one time and giving up because it is too hard.

To ward off feeling sluggish and fatigued, increase your activity level while reducing saturated fats. These fats from fried food and some meat products will cause poor circulation by blocking arteries and smaller blood vessels. Keeping your heart rate up and restricting these foods creates a faster thinking, more ambitious feeling within you.

Anything that befalls us in life is an opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes it is hardship that causes the learning, and sometimes it is extreme fortune that results in growth. However it happens, personal development is the key to leading a successful, happy and fulfilling life. Like Socrates says, “The unexamined life isn’t worth living.”