Being the best you can be……

Posted on: 1st January 2019

Its a New Year! Do you have any resolutions?

Like me, you probably want to be the best you can, whatever that means to you. Its something that is not always easy if you have anxiety or depression. So how do you achieve this? Can I suggest 5 things……..

Firstly gratitude. In life we always seem to be striving for more. Be it to pay the mortgage off, to be less anxious, get that piece of jewellery or the new iPhone, earn more money or get that special job. However sometimes it’s good to just sit back and look at what we have, rather than what we don’t have. A glass half full mind as opposed to a glass half empty mind.  Deepak Chopra has created a wonderful 6 minute meditation on gratitude.

Then kindness. Not always easy when you have been waiting in a phone queue to sort out a banking problem or your gas bill. I remember being very surprised when a young man picked up my overnight case, without asking, and then carried down a flight of stairs, at some obscure London railway station, whilst I’d been fiddling at the top, with my handbag and briefcase. A random act of kindness like that can make someone’s day.

Then working on your negative traits. What is it you do to rub people up the wrong way? Interrupt conversations? Be overtly critical? Gossip or be mean or arrogant?

Finally aim for excellence in all you do – be it in your relationships, your work, your hobby or simply looking after yourself both physically and mentally. Take time out – even if its for 5 minutes to have a mental break with something like a simple “mind tool” such as the wonderful Calm app.  Always aim for the best and be ready to learn new skills and knowledge to enhance your life and the lives of those around you. I believe these 5 simple things can lead to a happier daily life. May the New Year be a happy and successful one for you and those you love.