How You Can Be Your Best Self Every Day

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You may have had those moments where you look back on your day and realize that you could have done certain things better. For instance, perhaps you could have been kinder or had more tolerancewhen dealing with people in your life. While there is little use in dwelling on the past, there are a few steps that you can take to make sure that you put your best foot forward in the future. Here is what you should do:

Practice Patience

If you worry about not being patient enough, it might help to know that this is, in fact, a virtue that very few people have. In this fast-paced life, it is quite easy to get irritated by anything or anyone who is not moving as quickly or as efficiently as you are. Now, what you need to understand about serenity is that if it doesn’t come naturally, you have to work for it. So, the next time you find yourself getting riled up, just take a deep breath and force yourself to relax. Also, rather than simply rushing ahead, force yourself to wait so that you take the time to calm down and focus on what needs to be done. If you are dealing with people, remember to stop and listen to what they are saying – properly. And, when you speak to them, make sure you do it in a way that you get your point across in a clear manner.

Get Your Rest

Sometimes, irritability isn’t a personality flaw. In many instances, you could actually blame fatigue or a lack of sleep. What you may not know is that sleep actually promotes a number of different mental mechanisms. So, not only does getting enough rest make you sharper and more capable of focusing, it can actually make you a nicer person. When you are well-rested, you are more likely to have a positive attitude and will not be as easily irritated. So, if you are missing out on sleep, it is time to remedy this situation immediately.

Understand What You Need to Change

No one is perfect, which means that neither are you. While there is no need for you to strive for perfection, there are surely things about yourself that you can change for the better. It could be that you need to be more giving, caring, honest, or something else. Well, the first thing you should do is to determine who you would like to be in this life. Do you want to be a leader, a role model or a caregiver? Then, make a list of all the characteristics that best define such a person. There is a good chance that you already embody many of these traits. So, just work on those that you need to improve in yourself.

Stay Hopeful

Even the most motivated individual can lose hope sometimes. You have probably experienced this at some point. Unfortunately, losing hope can have a rather negative impact on your life and on everyone else around you as well. Over time, you may realize that you are not such a great person to be around. Well, remember, you should never let go of your faith or hope. Instead, just focus on the fact that you can accomplish anything if you just set your mind to it. As long as you keep your head up, you will be able to show people what you are really made of.

So, there you have it, all you need to do to be your best self each and every day.

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Joi Bellis is a Psychology graduate student and writer. Based on her work and research, she contributes to The Sleep District. When she isn’t writing or studying, she can be found exploring nature, doing yoga, or playing with her dogs.

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