2020 is the Chinese year of the White Metal Rat. Unlike 2019, the year of the Earth Pig, which had us stuck in the mud, the year of the White Metal Rat marks fresh hope, new excitement and new beginnings. This is the time of tremendous optimism if we choose to act upon that which lies in front of us. The new year starts with reviewing that which no longer serves us well, eliminating those who are not positive in our lives, and the setting of goals to make our everyday experiences the best they can possibly be. This usually consists of working on body, mind and spirit.
When we are born, we were endowed with amazing talents and gifts. These are intended to assist us with discovering the genius within ourselves and allow us to be the most exceptional person we can be in our lifetime. Behavioural scientists have found that optimistic people, in general, are more preserving and successful in life. Some positive activities to start each day with may include:
Improve cognitive ability by increasing mental productivity
Find solutions by improving the ability to enhance creativity
Each time a negative thought comes into our conscious mind, replace it with at least three things we are grateful for
Speak to ourselves positively and lovingly. Just think before having negative thoughts about ourselves, “would I say this to my best friend?”. The answer is no, so why sabotage and degrade ourselves
Start each day with a 5-minute positive thought or meditation
Negative thoughts make us more depressed, slow our creative ability, and inhibit our ability to connect with others. Which sounds more appealing, positive or negative?
Once we are on track mentally and spiritually, we are then able to focus on being the best version of ourselves physically. This does not mean being a different version, just the best version. The best version of ourselves may include adding exercise to our daily routine. This might be something as simple as a walk-in nature or practising our flexibility in order to be able to bend, stretch and remain flexible in all areas of our daily life.
We can also refresh our diets which might be to include either a balanced diet, keto, paleo, gluten-free or vegan. There is a rise in wellness nutrition and a huge surge in understanding being well on the outside firstly must involve being well on the inside. This might mean a visit to a naturopath, dietician or wholistic practitioner to assist us with ideas for what is the best fit for each of us, as we are all individuals and one size does not fit all.
Once the health jigsaw puzzle is coming together with the above areas, we can then focus on how we can be the best outward version of ourselves. This might mean consultation with a skincare professional who can assist with something as simple as having radiant, healthy skin with both a new homecare regime and an in-clinic programme. Radio Frequency technologies are now standard tools in the skin rejuvenation arena. From our nose to our toes unipolar and bipolar technology may assist with non-invasive skin and tissue tightening, slightly invasive RF micro-needling to treat skin texture, tightening and scars. The new kid on the block for skin regeneration and infusion of active ingredients is called the Tixel. This is fractional skin rejuvenation using pure, natural heat with minimal discomfort, and the healing time is short. It will improve wrinkles, fine lines, skin discolouration, sun-damaged skin, skin tone and texture, age spots and acne scars. With new technology and products available each year, we are also able to combine modalities to assist with revealing the best you and not someone who does not even resemble who you truly are.
In 2020, the start of the new decade, it is an exceptional time to reveal the best version of YOU. We can all choose to live by choice, not by chance; be motivated not manipulated; to be useful and not used; to excel and not compete; choose self-esteem, not pity; and choose to listen to our inner voices and not to random voices of others. In other words, choose to be the best version of YOU.