Be The Best You | Self-Validation

52 Weeks to Be The Best You

Week 32

Leverage Your Strengths

What are you good at? What are you really good at? Self-evaluation of your strengths will help you leverage any situation. But you first have to discover what your strengths are.

You can start by looking at your emotional intelligence. This is where you look over your ability to think, your ability to connect and your ability to move forward in life. All three are imperative to understanding what you’re capable of.

With your emotional intelligence you’ll look at how optimistic you are, how resilient you are and how you’re able to move forward from any situation. How this ties into leveraging your strengths is by understand what you’re good at gives you the ability to get more out of what you want.

Outside of your emotional intelligence, take a look at what comes natural to you. Some questions you can ask yourself are, am I self-motivated, do I have determination, am I physically strong? Perhaps you’re naturally creative? Are you funny? Can you make someone smile? Sit down and write out all the skills you have. From cooking to comfort. Being self aware of your capabilities means you can do more of what you’re good at.

Perhaps the best way to find out your strengths is to ask someone else. We often don’t see the skills that others see in us. The point is, by understanding what you’re good at will help you be the best you know how.

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Week 33

Maintenance Check Nutrition

Perhaps on January 1st you made the decision to be the best you know how. Not only did that include your mental state, but you wanted to look after you whole body. Let’s do a maintenance check with your nutrition. Not only are you nurturing your mind, but are you also nurturing your body?

A healthier you makes for a better you. Checking in on your nutrition is important. Trust me, it’s not always easy to stay on track, this I know from experience. But, if I set up a time to check in once in a while I can re-evaluate what I’m putting into my body. On Week 6 we talked about the Gift of Health. In order to be the best you, you need to be a healthy you.

One of the best ways to keep track of your proper nutrition is to track your food. You don’t need to do it forever, but do it long enough to understand what you’re putting into your body. Food tracking has been proven to be an effective way to balance your nutrition for optimal health. If you’re new to tracking, I recommend two options. First, if you’re a pen-to-paper type of person, I recommend starting a food journal. I created a downloadable PDF for you to keep track if you wish. You can download a Meal Planner HERE.

Second, if you’re someone on the run and like technology at your fingertips, I recommend MyFitnessPal. It’s a free App in the App store and online HERE. The APP is amazing! Apple Store and Android Google Play. The free version is truly awesome. You just add food into your diary and it’ll track your calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fibre, protein, sugar and vitamin’s. Now if you’re not counting calories, this is still a great app to track your food and what your intake is.

But why do I need to track? There’s a great article from the Michigan State University on the benefits of tracking your food. “Tracking your food intake will give you insight into many aspects of your eating habits. Each food group provides us with nutrients crucial for maintaining health.” Which brings us back to why we need to check in on our nutrition… to make sure that we are being the best we can be… and you are at your best when you are healthy.

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Week 34

Self-Validation

Are you taking care of your own thoughts and ideas? Self-validation is so important. By validating your own ideas you allow you mind to be who you are meant to be. In the past on The Brighter Side we explored the power of validation where it allows us to accept our feelings, thoughts and experiences. (YYC Xpress Yourself)

Self-validation of your thoughts and emotions can help calm you. When you’re calm, you can effectively manage your thoughts and ideas in a more relaxed way. Self-validation will give you a better understanding of your identity and emotions.

Self-validation is not simple though. You’ll need to be mindful and present to validate your thoughts, ideas and emotions. This will be an internal experience. To be mindful you must find a quiet space where you can be with your thoughts. Being mindful is to be present in the moment. Start with your breath, breathe in and breathe out. Focus on taking that breath and then releasing it. Listen to your breathing and feel your breathing. You are now mindful in the present moment. By being present you are grounding yourself and listening to your inner true self. This is exactly what you need to validate your thoughts, ideas and emotions. You’ll get better at being mindful the more you do it.

So, why do we need to validate our thoughts, ideas and emotions? Suppressing or ignoring them can build up negative consequences. However if you accept them and understand them you will recognize what makes you happy and what doesn’t, therefore giving you the tools to move in a more positive environment.

After self-validation remember you are in charge of how you want to react to how you are feeling, to what you are thinking and how you want to move forward. If your self-validation puts you in a place of anger or sadness, choose to be present in a calm way to find emotions that can help you move forward in a more positive way. Self-validation is an essential tool you need to understand who you are as a person, and what you need to be the best you.

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Week 35

For the Love of Animals

They say that a pet has a love that is unconditional. Why wouldn’t anyone want that? Unconditional love is affection without any limitations, or a love without condition. By petting a dog, it can boost your immune system. They say that cat owners can reduce their risk of a heart attack by 30 percent. There’s even benefits to watching fish swim – it lowers your blood pressure.

But our love between our dog, cat, horse, bird hamster, reptile, etc., goes beyond love. This companionship has huge impacts on our lives and health. Even if you don’t have a pet you can reap the benefits by just visiting one. Animals help improve our mental, physical and social health.

One, obvious, benefit is the amount of physical health you can receive when you have a dog or other animal that requires activity. Studies have proven that people who own a dog often have less body fat and are more mobile and get more exercise. With more exercise it often helps your mood as well.

Having a pet also helps your mood and lowers your blood pressure. Pets often help people relieve stress, reduce the risk of heart disease and alleviate depression. Even if you don’t have a pet or can’t have one for some reason, try to visit a pet or interact with a pet. Sometimes medical conditions or social conditions hold us back from enjoying pets of our own. However there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the benefits of a pet. Visit a pet in a shelter or ask a relative or friend if you can visit them.

The love of an animal truly is unconditional, so benefit your own life by embracing their love! The love of an animal will truly help you be the best you.

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