Author: Sheila Olson
Are you feeling a little frumpy, a bit droopy, or even somewhat sluggish? If so, it's time to start working on discovering, developing, and presenting your very best self.
You don't need to follow fad diets to improve your eating habits. Rather, abide by this simple rule: All things in moderation. A healthy diet balances lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and moderate carbohydrates (especially whole grains) while avoiding too much processed food, fat, and sugar. Drink plenty of water, too.
A regular exercise routine helps you manage your weight, increase your energy level, and improve your overall health. Start slowly with a few minutes a day and try to be active five to six days per week. This is the best way to make your exercise habit part of your life. Blend cardio training and muscle building for a full-body workout.
Stress is one of the primary threats to good health, and it can lead to everything from headaches to fatigue to stomach problems. It's essential to learn how to manage stress if you're going to be your best self. Keeping yourself too busy can lead to unhealthy stress levels. Schedule your activities carefully, prioritizing the necessities and making time for relaxation, even if this means dropping some nonessential activities. Also, be sure to get enough sleep. Most adults need at least seven hours to feel refreshed and alert.
During the day, take frequent breaks to rest and regroup. You might engage in prayer or meditation to reduce agitation and reach for calm. Finally, don't forget to have some fun with activities you truly enjoy.
Part of feeling good is looking good, so allow yourself a few treats. Buy a new piece of clothing in a style or color you haven't tried before. Splurge on a makeover, try a different shade of lip color, or visit your barber for a hot shave. Take time for a manicure or pedicure, or ask your hair stylist to recommend a new cut.
Additionally, when you leave home, make an extra effort to present yourself well. You don't have to wear fancy clothing or heavy makeup, but a well-coordinated outfit, a little lip gloss or a fresh shave, and nicely groomed hair can make you feel terrific.
To improve your energy and alertness, keep your brain active. Try a new hobby, take an online class, listen to a lecture about an interesting topic, or read a good book. Your brain will reward you by processing and responding more quickly to the rest of your activities.
Even when you're trying to do your best, your life may sometimes feel out of control. Don't be afraid to seek support if you're dealing with issues like anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, or mental illness. A therapist can suggest lifestyle changes, therapies, rehabilitation, and medications designed to help you get your life back on track.
Be Your Best
Life can be difficult, but if you make a commitment to caring for yourself and striving to look and feel your best every day, you may soon find you're on the way to becoming your very best self.