Personal Development

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Lifestyle choices affect your health and your stress level. Consequently, your lifestyle choices will eventually affect your ability to be successful at work. The following tips will help you live healthy.

  • Get 6 t0 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Do not use drugs (prescription or illegal) regularly.
  • Eat at least one balanced meal a day.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Surround your self with friends and family that you can rely on.
  • Get regular exercise.

Do something (physical, mental, social) that I enjoy on a regular basis.

SELF ESTEEM

Self esteem is a state of mind. It is the way you think and feel about yourself and others. The more positive thoughts and feelings you have, the higher you self-esteem. The more negative thoughts and feelings you have, the lower your self-esteem.

Self Esteem is based on your relationships and experiences in life. You need to examine your self-esteem as it relates to your home life, school / work life, and your social life. It is important to no single event or person can determine your level of self-esteem. It will develop over time and it will change with experiences.

Improving your self-esteem takes time, but its’ worth it. Learn to be your own best friend!

  • Accept your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.
  • Offer yourself encouragement as you work towards your goals. Be patient with yourself. Take pride in your achievements.
  • Learn to express yourself to your family and friends and spend time with people who care about you.
  • Trust your thoughts and feelings and act on what you feel is right.
  • Be willing to take chances – don’t let fear keep you from meeting people, trying something new, etc.
  • Get involved in sports, hobbies, clubs, etc. Or volunteer your time to help others.
  • Think positively about yourself and encourage yourself whenever you need it.
  • Praise yourself – you deserve it!

Love yourself – because you are worth it!

STRESS

Stress is a fact of life. And some stress can be good for you, because it inspires you to better meet life’s challenges. But too much stress can harm your physical and mental well-being. They why you need to be able to control stress – so that it doesn’t control you.

You can manage your stress by:

  • Doing something you enjoy (reading, gardening or other hobby).
  • Exercise – choose an activity that appeals to you.
  • Deep Breathing – take a deep breath, letting your abdomen and then your chest fill with air. Exhale slowly. Repeat until your breathing is regular and steady.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.
  • Talk out your worries with a trusted friend.
  • Work out your anger with a physical activity.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Manage your time wisely.
  • Eat Right

Take a break from what you are doing once in a while so you feel refreshed and relaxed.

ATTITUDE

An attitude is your state of mind when you approach a situation. It affects how you look, what you say, what you do, how you feel both mentally and physically and it will affect how successful you are in achieving your purpose in life.

Tips on how to develop a positive attitude include:

  • Develop good communication skills – it is the essence of good relationships.
  • Be punctual – a golden rule for everybody.
  • Be cheerful – smile even if you don’t feel like it!
  • Use polite words such as please, thank you and May I?
  • Be Helpful
  • Be Patient

Tips on how you can develop a positive attitude on the job.

  • Take pride in a job well done.
  • Be Dependable
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Be considerate of others.
  • Be Knowledgeable
  • Be Enthusiastic

Tips for developing a positive attitude:

  • Believe in yourself
  • Respect Yourself
  • Set goals and make plans to achieve your goals.
  • Improve yourself by keeping an open mind about new ideas.
  • Care about other people – treat others has you would like to be treated.

Get FUN out of life – don’t take yourself too seriously. 

TEAM WORK

If you work with other people you are part of a team. On teams individuals may be very different from each other and each unique member may have a different level of contribution to make. But everyone is valuable because each member adds to the overall success of the team.

Some tips for being an effective team member:

  • Share the workload, supplies or equipment, workspace and information.
  • Offer to help those who are busier or who you think may need a hand.
  • Communicate directly and honestly while avoiding whining, complaining or gossiping.
  • Appreciate the efforts of your coworkers and opportunities that come your way. A simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way.
  • Keep up the quality and pace.

Think ‘WE’ not ‘ME’.