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How to Be a Better Version of Yourself

By Sandy Schroeder

We all have a “perfect” version of who we are in our heads. It usually is at least 15 pounds lighter, and quite a bit more toned than the  body we currently occupy.

That perfect person always says the right thing, never forgets a single detail at home or work, and always smiles, even when it’s very early and no coffee has been consumed.

Later, that perfect person interacts flawlessly with others and works nonstop.

That’s all good, but what we really need to know, before we head into fantasyland, is how to upgrade what we are currently doing. It won’t be perfect, but if we look closely, it might be quite a bit better than what we sometimes offer.

How Bad Images Occur

What is it that prevents us from behind the person we want to be? It might be that one thing leads to another and chaos triumphs.

When unexpectedness happens – When the morning reveals itself and there is no coffee, or cat food, life takes on a new edge as you and the cat stare at each other in desperation. I have been known to make some rather acid remarks, as I dart off to the store in my sweats for emergency supplies. Everybody applauds when I reappear with coffee, cat food and fresh muffins! Peace is restored.

When work is piling up – You intended to work last night, but a friend came over and the evening stretched out. Now you are getting dressed, getting breakfast, and working to get everybody out of the house. Amid screams and barks, you all pour out the door. In retrospect, this was not your best image.

When breakfast lets you down – Not managing to do veggie eggwhite omelets, topped with fresh salsa, or homemade, hot oats topped with fresh fruit, you may rely on cold cereal, bagels and juice to start the day.  Now you are all in the car, and everybody looks a little grim. Hopefully you have packed high-protein snacks for everyone, and the day will improve.

When you are distracted – The weekend looms and you have relatives coming. Or this is the weekend you are going camping, and you still have work to complete. As you navigate daily issues, your mind is busy figuring out how to pull this off. Lots of absent-minded muttering usually occurs.

We all know the difference between chaos and calm; we just have to remember how to stay calm and do as much backup as possible to keep things going  to provide attention where it is really needed. Reviewing backup foods, supplies, and schedules helps. Organizing everything by the front door, as a daily routine, also works. Then our families and co-workers might actually get a little more of the best version of us. They may even catch us laughing.

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

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