We know that being physically healthy is crucial for reaching optimal wellbeing; however, our mental health is equally important. According to Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, there are four levels of consciousness. Recognizing the four levels and evaluating which level you have achieved is a great start when it comes to dealing with mental health and reaching the next level of consciousness:

  1. Self-Interest: This level is all about yourself: you are focused mainly on your survival needs, your sense of belonging, feeling a part of something, and your personal self-esteem/ego.
  2. Actualized Self: You are currently at the point in life where you are figuring out what is important to you and your desires.
  3. Integrated Self: You are now able to open your window of tolerance and able to accept the fact that we all have different opinions and views.
  4. Selflessness Self: You have a universal way of thinking and helping others, despite any differences you may have.

To jump to the next level, you should accept accountability for your choices and actions, and take the necessary steps to become the most genuine, humble, and compassionate version of yourself.

Reacting in stressful situations can be difficult, so follow these tips when working to achieve higher consciousness and reaching the next level:

  • It’s not about who wins. Choose to be kind, and adapt this philosophy into your daily routine, if possible. Petty arguments can happen frequently, but you can avoid wasting precious time and energy by preventing an argument before it begins.
  • Be nice for the sake of being nice. Complement or do good things for others without expecting anything in return. We often fight for attention, praise, compliments, and favors, but the most compassionate and genuine people are those that do good deeds and don’t expect a thing in return.
  • Your reactions speak volumes. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Let it roll right off your shoulders! Everyone has flaws, but nobody likes it when they are exposed. It’s important to accept that criticism is part of everyday life. It’s up to you not to take it personally.

If you haven’t already watched our transformative video series, featuring Your LifeBook – Elements 01-26, on CLIENT ANSWERS, please engage and take a deeper dive into each element. These videos, Your LifeBook, and me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, can give you the tools to empower yourself to create optimal health and wellbeing.

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