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Live Your Best Life

KEL'S KORNER (click through to read)

Our resident blogger and dear friend Kel shares her life and the challenges she faces battling anxiety & depression as a woman, a mother and a wife.

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE NOW  (click through to read)

We share a few simple tips on how you can start living your best life now.

10. Beware Of The Ego Mind

10. Beware Of The Ego Mind

What is Ego and why we should we be aware of it?

The word “Ego” literally translates from the Latin word “I”. The Oxford dictionary meaning of ego is “A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance”. So let’s explore this a little….

Ego operates in both our preconscious and conscious part of the human brain and it is what determines our sense of self, our reality and how we react to the situations that surround us. When you were born you go through different life experiences that help form your belief system and your sense of who you are as a being. It helps us determine what we see as good or bad which innately protects us in our decision making. Ego exists in both negative or positive ways in each person, you can have negative beliefs that can bring about negative thoughts and self-esteem, you can also have positive beliefs which brings positive thoughts and positive self-esteem, the two come together to form our ego. Imagine ego as an iceberg, it goes a lot deeper than what you see just on the surface.

The common use of the word ego is usually referenced to arrogance, vanity, self-satisfaction and superiority, however the psychological definition is quite different. In psychology ego is a concept that simply describes an aspect of one’s self. It's the part of the human personality we identified as "self' or "I" that deals with the external world and its practical demands. The ego enables you to perceive, reason, problem solve, test reality, and adjust your instinctual (primal) impulses to the moral (your belief of what’s right or wrong) component of your personality.

Therefore every single human being has an ego and it dictates your entire life. It's the narrating part of the brain, that little voice in your head that tells you what you are feeling, tells you what you can't do, or that you’re not good enough. It is easy to get wrapped up in your thoughts and that can be a source of major stress or lack of fulfillment in life. Becoming aware of your presence in your head can seem like a daunting task but the more you are able to identify that little voice in your head (your ego), which criticises or questions everything you do, the more you can let go of negativity.

Learning what your negative self-talk is whether it be towards yourself or you judging others and redirecting it is an essential part of your personal growth. When you are aware of negative patterns in your thought processes you are able to transform them into more positive energy. Self-awareness is one of the most crucial stepping points on the path to you living your best life, and every little step will get you closer to creating the life you want.

9. Practice Yoga

If you’re reading this article, you’re already on the right track. When it comes to reading and learning, you may not take the time to do enough. But when you feel intellectually stimulated, you are more likely to feel good and productive in other areas of your life. So start reading the newspaper every morning, or pick up a few books to keep on your night stand instead of scrolling through social media before bed. Find a topic that interests you and foster that passion by reading up on it. Not only will this stimulate your mind, but it may inspire you to take action toward something you love.
9. Practice Yoga
8. Educate Yourself

8. Educate Yourself

If you’re reading this article, you’re already on the right track. When it comes to reading and learning, you may not take the time to do enough. But when you feel intellectually stimulated, you are more likely to feel good and productive in other areas of your life. So start reading the newspaper every morning, or pick up a few books to keep on your night stand instead of scrolling through social media before bed. Find a topic that interests you and foster that passion by reading up on it. Not only will this stimulate your mind, but it may inspire you to take action toward something you love.

7. Practice Daily Self-Love

Many people work hard on their relationships with individual family members and friends but ultimately forget about their relationship with themselves. Learn to practice daily self-love. Creating your best life begins with you and your dream life will not happen if you are neglecting yourself, your intuition and your emotional state. It is important to check in with yourself and taking the time to do something that makes you feel good. All the things listed below are examples of forms of practicing self-love.

  • Soak in a bubble bath.
  • Read your a book
  • Watch your favourite comedy.
  • Spend an hour in the sun doing something you enjoy.
  • Get a massage or a facial
  • Sit and listen to your favourite music
  • Whatever little habits make you feel good, do more of those
  • Go for a surf at your favourite beach
  • Take your four legged friend for a walk 
  • Get a manicure or a pedicure
  • Buy yourself fresh flowers
7. Practice Daily Self-Love
6. Invest In Your Health

6. Invest In Your Health

Another step toward living your best life is starting your health journey if you haven’t already. Taking a conscious step to take better care of your physical health is one essential part of improving your overall well-being. Learning healthier eating habits and becoming more active can do a world of good for your mental health as well. Make the effort to plan your meals, cook at home more, and incorporate some regular exercise are additional ways to set yourself up for long-term success. When you feel good, you look good. After that, there’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, making small changes is key when beginning a conscious health journey. Try starting by swapping out some foods you eat for better alternatives, incorporate more whole foods into your diet—add in a few more leafy greens and fresh fruits and drink a couple more glasses of water (dehydration can make us feel hungry). Find ways to move your body more throughout the day in your daily activities, like walking up a flight of stairs instead of taking the lift, park your car a little further from where you have to go so you clock in some extra steps, dance around while you vacuum or mop the floors it makes the chore a lot more fun not to mention a bigger calorie burn. If you feel safe to do so, take an evening walk or do some yoga stretches at home (highly beneficial if you sit for long periods during the day).

It’s all about balance when it comes to sustainable healthy habits, be realistic and listen to your body, know where your health is at before you start, it’s necessary to take baby steps and know your body’s limitations. If you’re newer to healthy living practices it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor first before embarking on any exercise and eating plan, it’s never a good idea to start a restrictive eating regime that will ultimately crash or to buy an expensive gym membership or equipment that you will never really use (many of us have fallen into that trap, we start with good intentions then stop), incorporating exercise into your life doesn’t have to cost you money. It’s all about moving your body and getting your heart rate up so you’re breathing a bit heavier and doing this for about 30 mins if you are able to.

5. Travel

Finances and work can easily create a barrier to travel. However, traveling and seeing the world can contribute to feeling like you’re living a more fulfilled life. There will always be an excuse to not travel, whether it is your work schedule, a tight budget or the fear of travelling. By taking the plunge and making travel happen, your life can feel more exciting, giving you something to plan and to look forward to.

Travelling doesn’t have to require spending thousands of dollars on a month-long trip to Europe. It can be as simple as taking a road trip to a nearby city or camping for a weekend. Whether you feel like you’ve just gotten stuck in a boring routine or if you’re being weighed down by the stress of daily life, traveling is a way to step outside of yourself and your comfort zone; a change of scenery provides you with opportunity of new experiences which can awaken your senses and make you feel alive, it’s also a reminder of how big and diverse the world is.

5. Travel
4. Journal

4. Journal

You may feel that you’ve got no one to unload or vent to who understands your thoughts and feelings. Taking time to write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal may help you to off load and help ease symptoms of depression and manage stress and anxiety. It can give you the opportunity to release cooped-up feelings. It also gives you the opportunity to clarify and organise your thoughts. Life can be full of chaos and it’s easy to overthink and fee anxious, journaling can help you cope with life in a more productive way. 

3. Meditate

I know what you’re thinking….it may seem overrated, especially on the days when it seems too difficult to sit still and carve out the time; however any form of meditation can be a beneficial practice for mental health and clarity. Meditation is a commonly used practice to take breaks from the hustle and bustle of life and to get back in tune with your inner self.

For those of you whom have never mediated before, we suggest you start slowly and ease yourself into the practice. Firstly, find a comfortable and quiet place, somewhere you are able to relax fully and be free from little distractions (where ever that may be). Begin with just dedicating 10 minutes; sit comfortably, close your eyes, relax your body and your mind by taking some deep breaths - breathe deeply in through the nose and exhale deeply through your mouth and with every breath relax your shoulders an inch at a time. Listen to your body, listen to your breath. Remember, meditation takes practice just like everything else, so start slowly with a goal in mind. When you become comfortable with the 10 minutes increase the time to 15-20 minutes if you wish and time allows, soon you’ll be able to mediate up to an hour and I promise you’ll feel amazing when this can be incorporated into your life, just practice it when you can.

3. Meditate
2. Power Of Visualisation

2. Power Of Visualisation

Visualisation or seeing things through your mind’s eye goes hand in hand with setting intentions and is a beneficial practice to living your dream life. Once you have a clear vision of what intentions or goals you want to achieve, it is important to take action. Taking action can seem scary and intimidating or even impossible some of us can be crippled by it. Visualisation allows you to test-run your dream life. It also helps to further establish what you want and allow you to settle into a more positive mindset.

During visualisation, you must choose your focus. Choose a specific intention and how you will feel once you accomplish it. Whether you’re lying in bed, or sitting on a bench during your lunch break, take a few quiet moments to daydream and let your imagination take the lead, while in your daydream state ask yourself a few questions like the ones below and allow yourself to experience the kinds of feelings and sensations you would have if you were there:

  • Where are you? What kind of place are you in?
  • What are the smells that surround you?
  • What's the temperature like?
  • What time of the day is it?
  • What are you wearing?
  • What are doing?
  • Are you with someone or alone?

This practice can be crucial to successfully achieving you hearts desires because it gets you in the right mindset and can be mood-boosting.

1. Set Your Intention

One of the keys to success is being intentional about what you do. In general, when you set intentions, you are more likely to act with purpose and drive. Be very clear in your mind and heart what it is you desire for your life, in the areas of love, money and career. How do you want to live, feel and experience life? Setting an intention, or multiple intentions, on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, this will help you to feel like you are living your life more purposefully and will help you measure your success as you begin to achieve these things.

Intention-setting is a very similar concept to goal setting. When setting intentions, you decide what kind of emotions—what kind of positive feelings—you seek. By you intending to do something or become something, you are that much closer to living the life you desire. It doesn’t have to be a complicated process; you can choose to do this monthly, weekly or daily. Perhaps 5-10 minutes before you roll out of bed to start your day or 5-10 minutes before you drift off to sleep. List your intentions down on paper not only will this allow you to gain a clear vision of what you want from life. It will also give you something to focus on, but it will also allow you to not feel so overwhelmed by the future. Taking things one step at a time and living in the present makes life more rewarding.

1. Set Your Intention