It’s never too late to improve yourself. Seniors and the disabled are no exception. September is National Self Improvement Month, and there are simple steps that you can take to make your life incrementally better. We’re not talking about significant life changes. Many of these steps can be accomplished with small amounts of money and time.

5 Simple Steps That Can Make Your Life Better

Incorporate Physical Movement – A sedentary lifestyle can be damaging for your physical and mental health. You don’t have to be in prime physical shape to incorporate exercise into your life. For some, this may mean starting the day with a 10 to 20-minute walk. For others, it might mean picking up running.

Medical studies have pointed out that physical exercise reduces anxiety and depression while improving your mood. You’re never too old to incorporate some type of physical movement into your daily routine, and it can make a profound difference.

Clean up the Clutter – Constant disorganization and visual clutter impairs our brain’s ability to focus. Constant exposure to clutter can lead the brain into a fight or flight response, and cause us to be anxious. People who sleep in cluttered bedrooms are more likely to have sleep problems, according to this study.

It’s more than a simple pet peeve. A clean and organized home can be beneficial to your overall health.

Read a Book – The average American spends 5.4 hours a day on their phone. Granted that time most likely comes in tiny fragments spread from morning to night, but you could get pretty far in your favorite book in that time. It’s a more relaxing way to spend your downtime, and there are no negative side effects.

Journaling – Spending a few minutes in the morning or evening capturing your thoughts can help tame your mind. It boosts memory and comprehension, helps you to practice mindfulness, and can also help in setting and accomplishing goals.

It’s easy to get started and doesn’t take much effort, either.

Go on a Digital Detox – A digital detox simply refers to a point of time when you refrain from using your smartphone, computer, or other screens and devices. This simple practice can help you regain some focus and improve your attention span. It’s a great way to recharge before the demands of the week come again.

Self-Improvement Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Self-improvement doesn’t need to be overburdensome or complicated. It doesn’t need to be excruciatingly difficult and burdensome. If there’s something that you’ve been meaning to try for a long time, this September is the time to try. National Self-Care Month is a great way to explore new ways to improve the quality of your life.