by Melanie VanderPol-Bailey, MSW
Each one of us is wonderfully and beautifully made. We have all been blessed with gifts that we are encouraged to share with those around us. The truth is we have value and worth, even when there are times we feel that the world tells us differently. Shame and guilt are enemies that creep in and create moments of doubt in even the most confident and accomplished. Whatever stage of life you may be experiencing at this moment, you have the opportunity to be your best.
How do you feel when you are your best self? How do you know if you are on the right path? Notice those around you, do they lift you up or bring you down? Are you encouraged to be yourself or do you experience pressure to be someone else?
Sometimes being your best version of you is challenging. We are the only ones who are in control of how we feel. You may have to make changes in your life that are difficult. Some changes may not be popular. Being your best self includes intentional actions to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. There is freedom in gently letting go of the idea that we have to be perfect. Embracing the opportunity to be your best each day provides a gift to you and to those around you. Sioux Falls Psychological Services encourages you accept the best you have to offer in every step of your journey.