Many people hate themselves and are trapped in the rabbit hole of self-hatred and criticism. This can worsen severe conditions such as anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. However, we ought to be more forgiving since we are all humans who commit mistakes and opt for bad choices. After all, everyone goes through it, and you can take proactive steps to get out of the pit and be who you want to be.
Here’s how you can start to be the best version of yourself:
Routine and unexpected life twists can lead to losing yourself or finding yourself unhappy in the place you are in. Criticism from others, mistakes, and failures can make us feel that our value as an individual has deteriorated. When this happens, try to slow down and reconnect with your inner voice. Remember your values and adopt new ones that will help you develop the best version of yourself.
Once you rediscover yourself, you can face the current and the subsequent phases of your life with gusto. Accept criticism, especially if it propels you to a better you. Be wise enough to shut down negative comments aimed to pull you down. Protect your peace. Remember that no one else can do you better.
Partner exercise with a balanced diet
Several studies have already recorded and proved the benefits of exercise. You can start doing jump ropes or simple home workouts that do not require equipment if you have been out of shape lately. Also, monitor your weight and daily caloric intake so you can adjust your diet accordingly. Partner your physical activities with a balanced diet or a specific diet if you have a different target. Exercise and diet must always go hand in hand to get the best results.
Take care of your emotional and mental health.
Health is multifaceted, so you have to deal with several areas you need to consider aside from physical health; emotional health and mental health are just as vital. Great emotional health is essential to foster resilience, grit, self-awareness, and contentment. Have a healthy relationship with emotions and process what happens in your day-to-day functions and relationships with others. Mental health comes in terms of stress management, focus, and decision-making. These will dictate the direction of your life, so set aside time to tend to these facets.
Opt for the best skincare
Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is our largest barrier against skin infections. Having great skin contributes to high self-confidence, so develop your skincare routine. If you have extra money to splurge on your skincare, consult a dermatologist or hire estheticians—professionals who went to beauty schools. Aside from having products, treatments, and recommendations specifically crafted for you, this will also help you avoid the disasters that befall others who chose to do it all on their own without professional help. When you look good, you feel good.
Have a strong support system
Regardless of how strong you are, there will be times when we can’t seem to know what’s to do next. This is when having a good support system comes in to save the day. Remember to connect with people who will be with you during the tough times and help keep you moving towards healing and the right track. This can be your family, friends, or your significant other—people who have your best intentions at heart. They can also serve as your accountability partner to help you achieve your goals.
Enrich your mind
The best investment you can make is yourself, and people can never take away knowledge from you. Hence, remember to consume the right materials and listen to the people who have the results you want. Our brains are neuroplastic—adapting to change and new learnings—so continue to learn every day.
Thrive in your professional life
Women used to be reduced to household help or a mere housewife but fortunately, gone are those days. However, if you plan to marry in the future, there will be times when you have to dedicate a portion of your life to being a full-time mother, especially when you have just given birth. Before anything of those happens, set a goal in your professional life and thrive in the workplace.
Being the best version of yourself is a lot of work, especially when struggling just to be you. However, this will only be a phase in your life, and you can take proactive steps to be who you want to become. We owe ourselves and the world to become the best version of ourselves since the world becomes a whole lot better in the presence of healed and shining individuals.