Everyone’s ‘best me’ is different, but there are things we can all do to improve our chances of success and happiness. Most of the things that lead to success, however we each define that for ourselves, rely on our own commitment and attitude. Luck has little to do with it.
And nobody else can be responsible for our happiness – we have to pursue our own goals and dreams to live the kind of life we aspire to, even if that means leaving old habits behind.
Here are five things we can all do better to become #mybestme.
1. Eat well
Eating well doesn’t necessarily mean dieting and taking the joy out of good food – one of life’s great pleasures. It’s being more conscious about what you’re eating and why.
Brian M Shelley MD wrote for The Centre for Mindful Eating magazine that the term ‘weight loss’ concentrates feelings of loss and deprivation and may not be the most psychologically helpful way to think about food.
“By adopting a more mindful approach to eating, we can make more of what is in front of us, and more fully enjoy the food that we do choose to eat”, Brian wrote.
Top tips for eating more mindfully
– Don’t multi-task while you’re eating – always sit and savour your food
– Snack on nuts and seeds if you get hungry mid morning
– Get out in the sunshine and fresh air if you feel the need for a mid afternoon sugar hit
– Save sweet treats, junk food and alcohol for the weekends or special occasions
– Find something else to occupy your mind when you’re bored or stressed (see number 4 below)
2. Get enough sleep
Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Benefits of getting enough sleep include reduced stress, improved mood, ability to concentrate, better coordination and maintenance of a healthy weight.
Top tips from the Sleep Health Foundation
– Have a regular bed time and wake up at the same time each morning
– Don’t spend more than 9 hours in bed
– Don’t nap during the day
– Keep electronic devices out of the bedroom
– Wind down and relax before getting into bed
3. Exercise regularly
The Department of Health has found that more than half of all Australian adults are not active enough.
Moving more and sitting less decreases the risk of a number of medical conditions, prevents unhealthy weight gain, strengthens muscles and bones and is good for mental health as well.
Top tips from the Department of Health
– Doing any exercise is better than doing none
– Try to do one thing every day that gets you up and moving
– Each week aim to do at least 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity, or a mix of the two
– Break up long periods of sitting
– Walk or cycle on short trips rather than driving