Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves. Sometimes, however, it can be a bit tricky to achieve that goal. Here are a few ways you can be your best self, the easy way.
Create A Self-Care Planner
Carolyn King from Empowered Happiness explains the six pillars of a self-care planner.
- Workplace / Professional - taking time out when at work, or setting boundaries;
- Physical - going for a walk every day or get to bed at a reasonable hour;
- Psychological - journaling your thoughts or seeing a counselor;
- Emotional - spending time with friends or playing sport;
- Spiritual - meditation or practicing forgiveness;
- Relationships - prioritising important relationships or attending important family events.
In each section put activities and reminders that you can do to make sure you look after yourself in each area of your life. Periodically review and update it as your life changes. And remember to keep this somewhere handy so you can access it as a gentle reminder of what you can do to put yourself first!” Find out more about Empowered Happiness by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Life coach, Laura Banks offers her advice for getting out of your comfort zone. “Every time you challenge yourself and do something that is outside of your comfort zone you'll learn you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for. Whether it's signing up for a fun run, asking the strangers at the next table to pass the salt, starting your own business or having an honest conversation with someone; take a deep breath and back yourself to move beyond the self-doubt, negative mind talk and fear and towards a stronger, more resilient and truly fulfilled version of yourself. If there is something bigger inside of you than what the world is seeing right now - give yourself the gift of exploring that and us the gift of seeing you do so.” Find out more about Laura Banks by following her on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to get fit, why not grab your pet supplies and take your dog for a walk? If you want to start writing, open up your laptop and let the words flow.
Remember You Are Enough
Ashlee Walsh from Perfectly She offers her advice for those who don’t believe they are enough. “For the large part of the population, particularly females - the biggest hurdle in being able to become our 'best self' comes from not believing that we are enough. Not intelligent enough, healthy enough, pretty enough, fashionable enough, not confident enough and a general feeling of not being good enough to achieve the things we so desperately desire to. When we are able to learn that everything we need to be our best, is already within us - our best self muscles are perfectly poised in flexion. We were born with your best self already inside of our heart, soul and mind - the difficult part is being able to tune out of all the noise that comes with negative experiences, comparison of the fast paced and perfectionist culture around us, and often our own worst critic who is adamant that we need to constantly be working harder to 'be better' in every sense of the word. When we are able to learn to trust our intuition and unique skill set through self-care; focussing on each of the mind, body and soul - then the world becomes clear, success arrives and confidence canvassed content overflows.” Find out more about Perfectly She by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Be Authentically You
Simeon Boseley from BExceptional shares his advice for being your true and authentic self. “For me being your best self is all about authenticity and the alignment of an individual’s purpose, values & strengths to their personal and professional goals. Defining your best self starts with understanding your Purpose and Values because you simply can’t be ‘your best self” unless you know what you do or don’t stand for. This represents not only your ‘true north’ but how you will behaviourally approach and tackle getting there. Being your best self is also about understanding and using your innate strengths in the right way to help you achieve your goals. Several studies show significant advantages when you play to your strengths, including higher levels of subjective well-being (i.e. happiness), improved confidence, increased resilience, higher levels of energy, greater chance of goal achievement, improved self-esteem and reduced stress, all of which are ways and means of helping you be the best version of yourself. Ultimately, knowing isn’t doing and there is no better way of being your best self than taking one small step every day towards bringing the authentic you into play. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”, so what’s your next step to being a better you?” Find out more about BExceptional by following them on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Take Care Of Yourself
When it comes to being your best self, you have to focus on you and your body. What is it trying to tell you? If you’re sleepy, sleep; if you’re hungry, eat. It’s important to keep your body in tune, whether that be with regular exercise, a healthy diet or even more sleep. Sleep is a huge factor into your health, and you may not even realise it. If you’re waking up tired, irritable or with pains, it could be your mattress. Add extra support to your bed with a mattress topper, and invest in a good quality pillow. They honestly can make a huge difference. Lucy Stewart from The Graceful Collective offers her advice for some self-love. "Replace “I don’t have time” with “It’s not a priority”; alter the way you talk about time and you will discover what’s important to you. Saying we don’t have time is a way of softening the blow that you’re not important, your needs are not valid and you are not a priority. Change this… quick." Find out more about The Graceful Collective by following her on Instagram.
Being your best self can involve a lot of things, but mostly it’s about self-love and acceptance. Try something new, step outside of your comfort zone and remember that you’re worth it. Stay healthy, laugh often and have fun!