Partner Post: Look Hard In The Mirror: Being The Best Version Of Ourselves We Can Be

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We’re all works in progress. But we can feel that our development is hindered in some ways, whether we are putting aside our feelings and desires for the sake of the family unit or we get distracted by the unimportant things in life. But for all of the things we have no control over in life, the one thing we can claim complete responsibility for is ourselves. When we’re struggling, we need to figure out how to be the best person we can be. How can we put our works in progress to work?

Addressing Those Bad Habits

We’ve all got habits that, when we really look at ourselves, we don’t like at all. We can be unhealthy sometimes, or we can partake in the odd tipple. But when we have habits that compromise our ability to do other things in life, like looking after our children to the best of our ability, or our habits have made us, in the long run, stressed and anxious, we have to tackle these head-on. The big mistake so many of us make are that when we have a handful of issues that we try to solve them all at the same time. Instead, focus on one at a time. If you need to figure out how to stop drinking alcohol, there are plenty of resources to help you along the way. When tackling certain lifestyle habits that are unsavory, you should work at fixing the smaller habits first. This way, you are improving your confidence and accomplishments bit by bit, giving you the armory to tackle the biggest problems head-on.

Taking Time To Restore

What we can feel on occasion is that we have to continue to push forward, otherwise we just grind to a halt. To be the best person possible, we have to learn that we don’t operate in one gear. While life poses many challenges that we have to fight through, if we’re constantly in fight mode then this doesn’t give us the opportunity to rest and recuperate effectively. However you do it is up to you, from prayer to meditation, but ensuring you take the time to restore yourself properly with adequate downtime doing the things that you know help you, you are going to be better equipped for every challenge henceforth. It’s like when there’s an emergency in an airplane, we have to put on our breathing apparatus first before we help everyone else. As a parent, this can sound a bit strange, but think about it- if you are struggling to provide for your family in an emotional sense, and you are constantly running on empty, is it because you haven’t been giving yourself the opportunities to rest?

To be the best version of you, you have to know what makes the worst of you. Understanding your triggers or things that make you stressed will arm you with a better toolbox to cope. We can struggle through life without really addressing the issues that impact us on a personal level. So, if you really want to be the best version of yourself, it’s time to go to the mirror and really look!

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