Be Your BEST Self

Becoming your best self can seem like a tall order, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve accumulated a few self-improvement and self-care tips that can help you achieve your best self and fully become the person you were meant to be. Love yourself; after all, you’re with you all the time.

Be Your BEST Self

Becoming your best self can seem like a tall order, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve accumulated a few self-improvement and self-care tips that can help you achieve your best self and fully become the person you were meant to be. Love yourself; after all, you’re with you all the time.

Keep in mind that although these tips can benefit the life of one person, they might not exactly translate to the general population. Self-evaluation is the key to becoming your best self, but if you are unsure of where to start, we’ve got you covered. Take a glance at our list, reflect on how they apply to your life and develop your own B.E.S.T self!

To be your B.E.S.T self…

B: Be Present

E: Exercise

S: Smile

T: Treat Yourself


B. Be present.

Living in the present might seem like a simple accomplishment. After all, we live every day, don’t we? But often times I find myself looking to tomorrow. What assignments do I have due? When am I supposed to pay rent? What is everyone doing tomorrow? When am I going to hang out with my friends? My family? My boyfriend?

It’s important to find the balance between planning for the future and living in the now. Don’t disregard what you are doing right now, at this very moment, for something that may or may not happen tomorrow. When you’re constantly looking to the future, or even the past, you lose your present. And sooner or later, you’re going to kick yourself for not savoring your senior year of high school because you were looking forward to college, or your senior year of college because you were looking forward to not being in school anymore.

It’s definitely normal to think forward, but avoid getting carried away. When you allow yourself to fully absorb what you’re involved in at that moment, you’ll be surprised how much more you enjoy it. Be present, you won’t regret it.

E. Exercise. 

Exercise is key to reducing stress. It can make you feel more energetic throughout the day, improve your memory, help you sleep better at night and increase relaxation in your life. It’s nearly the best medicine, besides laughter. 

Now don’t get carried away and think you have to become a marathon-loving individual. Your exercise could be going for a walk. Better yet, going outside for a walk. Taking in the fresh air, giving your mind a break and just allowing your body to move are all minimal tasks with extraordinary benefits.

S. Smile.

No one is expecting you to be smiley-riley all the livelong day, but sometimes a simple smile is all it takes to boost your mood, which can lead to higher productivity and a happier state of mind. Think of your smile as the catalyst to positive thinking – In other words: fake it ‘til you make it. Even just faking a smile can boost your internal positivity meter. Don’t let one small thing bring you down, it’s a waste of energy and positivity to worry over things you can’t control. Take it one step, one hour, one day at a time – take a deep breath and smile through it all!

T. Treat yourself.

Don’t get carried away, but setting a reward system is a healthy motivation tactic and helps you develop positive methods of self-appreciation. Make goals for yourself, big or small, and treat yourself when you reach them, it’s as simple as that. Don’t sell yourself short; you deserve rewards!

In another sense of the phrase, treat yourself with things you love. Make time for the things, activities and people you enjoy, like listening to your favorite music, filling spare time with your favorite hobbies or spending moments with your favorite people. Surrounding yourself with your passions not only makes you happier, but also increases your sense of self, and, hopefully, brings out your best self.

Courtney Hancock is a senior public relations student at the University of Florida. She currently works with the UF Distance and Continuing Education Marketing Department as an intern. When she's not writing articles for the News Lounge, she's pursuing her life goals to laugh often & love dogs. 

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