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COLUMN: Now is the time to live your best life



I have heard the phrase "living your best life" numerous times throughout my four years of college. In the prime years of deciding who you are and what you want to do with your life, it is no surprise that twenty-somethings want to feel that they are being their personal best. 

I have decided to spend this year devoted to figuring out what living my finest life is. 

Being your personal best means something different to every individual. Find out what being the best version of yourself means to you. In my opinion, complete dedication to your best life embodies focus on physical, mental, emotional and social health.  

I recently adopted a new workout routine and I have discovered I always set a 30-minute limit, whether I am using the elliptical or embracing the StairMaster. One day, it finally occurred to me I was limiting myself. In order to be my personal best, I believe it means going until I can not go anymore. 

I no longer want to put restraints on my physical fitness. I think this all goes back to what is inside your head and what you think you can accomplish. Physical health is without a doubt intertwined with mental health, which ties into one of many reasons that mental health is incredibly important.

Mental health can be tackled by staying focused on goals and dreams. I practice this by taking each day one step at a time. I try to be driven, ambitious and motivated, but I never put too much pressure on myself. To me, excellent mental health is developed by loving and truly taking excellent care of yourself. The way you view yourself is sometimes shown through emotions.

Emotional health needs to be taken seriously. Negative emotions are draining on a lifestyle. In order to live your best life it is essential to be happy. I have found that happiness is often easily overlooked in value, but happiness is essential to one's health. 

Do what makes you happy. Pursue your passions. Create a life that you will enjoy. Life is far too short not to.

My personal happiness is achieved by pursuing the little things I love. Happiness can be as simple as a cup of coffee, long walks under sunshine, attending concerts or maybe just spending time relaxing with friends. 

Social health is just as important as anything else. Spending time with loved ones, such as family and friends, for example, is a vital component to staying healthy. Every person needs some time to focus on having fun with others. Find the people that you like to spend time with, and be with the ones who support and love you. Having a good social group can make such a difference in your overall well being.  

Living a life in your prime is not always easy, but it will be worth it. It is necessary to make decisions that you are proud to say you made.  Celebrate the life that you are given and make the most of every moment.

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