You have to take care of yourself in every area of your life and honor yourself.
The best friend is someone who loves and cares for you. So becoming your own best friend is a lifelong journey of inner discovery.
You are learning every day about yourself and what you need to develop: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
How do you get started? How to become your best friend in health and well-being?
Here are 10 ways to live a healthy life that will open the door to becoming your best friend.
1. Educate your physical side.
Taking care of yourself is a must. No one knows you better than you do.
The physical side of your life includes your diet and exercise program, your environment and the people you surround yourself with.
2. Do not neglect your diet.
The food you choose to eat affects your entire body and mental state. Blood sugar levels and hormones really go up when you are not eating the right foods.
Leave processed food in the store and spend most of your time buying lean meats and fruits and vegetables. Many people call this diet “caves”.
Basically what this means is to eat only food that is natural and comes from the ground, a tree or an animal.
Processed foods can make you feel tired, lethargic, and some are even addictive. Listen to your body after eating certain foods and research what works for you.
3. Drink plenty of water.
Do not deny the very real power of water. It keeps you adequately hydrated and you can not survive without it.
Are you drinking enough water every day? A good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Drinking a glass of water before a meal also helps curb your appetite. Sometimes, when you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty.
Choose water over other beverages because of its health benefits and the fact that it has no calories.
4. Have an exercise program.
Fitness experts now say we should be active every day of the week for at least 30 minutes. If you can not do seven days, then stay at five.
This can be as simple as cleaning the house, mowing the yard or arranging the garage. The point is to get your body moving in some way every day of the week.
You will need to find the right balance and type of exercise for you.
For many people, sleep is the only thing they neglect most often. You think you can compensate for the loss of sleep when, in fact, it is very difficult to do.
On average, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning.
6. Create a physical housing environment.
Your physical environment is the space in which you live and spend your time. It should be a place to stay after long days at work – a place you can’t wait to be and a place to recharge your battery.
One thing worth noting is that clutter carries negative energy.
Stroll through all the rooms in your home. What are some things in your home environment that are needed, loved and cherished?
Keep only these things and allow the rest to be recycled by giving to friends, family or Goodwill.
Be willing to give up things you no longer value or use. In this way, you help someone else and cleanse your home and life of negative energy.
7. Surround yourself with the right people.
Who are the people representing your circle of influence?
Take time to evaluate each of your relationships for reciprocity. What this means is that every relationship is give and take: a 50/50 partnership.
Are your relationships healthy and growing or are they stale and unfulfilled? Can you have a conversation and improve these things, or is it time to leave a relationship that might be unhealthy for you?
Can you set healthy boundaries with others and say “no” when you can not meet certain tasks or expectations? Do you feel guilty when you say “no?”
Also, how do you feel about these people?
IN Anatomy of the Soul, Caroline Myss, Ph.D. describes how we take other people’s energy fields and get their energies. In fact, it can even make us sick.
It is also interesting to note that your intuition is at stake when you do not feel comfortable with someone. Sometimes, it is a warning that this person may be ill for you to be with.
Take time to listen to your intuition and do not be afraid to honor the feelings you are experiencing.
8. Deepen your primary intimate relationship.
The important rest in your life can help you fly to new heights or maybe even take you to lower levels.
There is no substitute for a good selection process when you are choosing your spouse. This person should be your best friend and biggest motivator.
If you are already married, find time for your main relationship and find things to do together.
If you are single and still looking, take the time to look at every aspect of your life as we are discussing today and see how a person can fit in well with you in each of these areas.
9. Make sure you have a good career fit.
A job you do not like can be a real leak in your energy levels. This is why it is so important to find what you think is your true purpose for being here and finding the job that suits you.
Take time to find a good career fit because it will affect all other areas of your life.
10. Forgive the past.
If you are honest, you probably have something from the past you want to forget.
Once you can forgive, you can look back and thank those people for all the lessons they taught you.
You, in particular, need to be willing to forgive yourself for your human mistakes and lack of certain knowledge that you probably did not have at the time.
Forgiveness opens the key to your future.
Becoming your best friend affects all other parts of your life. To become your best friend, you need to honor yourself and those around you.
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Dr. Jodi Walker has been Coach and Wellness Coach for Women for the past 15 years. To learn more about her and her workout, visit the Coaching Cafe Club.