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How to Recognize and Enjoy Who You Are

By Sandy Schroeder

Too often we tell ourselves no when the answer is really yes. We may not believe in ourselves enough, which often slows us down.

If you catch yourself taking one negative approach after another, you may need to do a complete turnaround.

Here are some good starting points.

Be your own best friend – Taking good care of your body and mind always pays off. Make the effort to exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. When you do, your mood may lift and you may feel a lot more energetic. 

Choose friends carefully – When you find friends are demanding way too much or always managing to be critical, it may be time to step back. A really good friend wants what’s best for you, and is happy to help you. Those are the ones to keep.

Beam in on the positive – Everybody has a bad day, but letting yours become a trend is a mistake. Look around at the things that you have done, and use them as a launching pad for more good stuff.

Skip grading yourself – Making comparisons or automatically downgrading your own efforts can undermine everything you do. Do your best and give yourself credit when things turn out well. Truly successful people often use one win to build on a lot more. Just keep moving forward.

Savor everyday things – We all love to speed ahead, but a lot of life’s joy begins with enjoying each day’s work. When you establish a daily rhythm that fits you, you may be delighted to find it creates a good reputation that continues to open doors in the future.

Never abandon your dreams – Sometimes too many setbacks occur too quickly, leaving us depleted. When that happens, take a break and give yourself time to recover. Take a short trip or head off for a great weekend. Bouncing back is easier when you are smiling.

Learn how to use your strengths – Sometimes we concentrate too much on our weaknesses, when our strengths can really help us more. If you are good with people, strong on details, or great with numbers, then focus on those skills and see where they can be used. As they help you move ahead, you can work on weaknesses, too.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Zionsville, Ind.

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