How to feel / act / be better

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a self-help junkie. Now I’ve resolved to stop reading general wellness books! I’ve come to the conclusion that most of them say pretty much the same things, like:

Eat a healthy diet

As Michael Pollan says — “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I’ve been eating a lot healthier than I have the past few years, but every now and then I still overindulge on sweet or savoury fried food. If only chocolate and potato chips weren’t so tasty! Oh well. At least I have a much higher tolerance of fruits and veggies!

Get regular exercise

I’ve been pretty good with this. Hurray! In addition to exercise, I’ve started taking care of my physical self in other ways. I’ve begun going to a physio and remedial massage therapist. I do like exercise but I’ve now learned that I don’t have to put up with being sore or achy most of the time.

Get lots of sleep

Still working on this! I usually get at least 7 hours of sleep a night now. I’m trying to move my sleep times earlier, though. I’d love to be a morning person again. There’s just something about waking up when it’s still quiet and a little dark out. It’s just a bit tough considering I have a lot of late night things going on.

Nurture my relationships

I’d like to think I’m better at spending meaningful time with people. Thankfully, as I’ve been in Sydney for several years now, I do have proper friends and don’t have to go to a lot of meetup events like when I was still trying to build my network. The plus side though, is that I noticed I’m much better at small talk.

Take care of my mental health

I’ve been trying to meditate, keep a gratitude journal, and practice stoicism. My mental state has been a lot more stable now, though I do still panic or freak out every now and then. 😛 I also think I’ve been doing a pretty good job disconnecting from digital devices and being focused on my here-and-now.

There you have it… I’ve summed up a gazillion books I’ve read on becoming happier / reducing stress / growing telomeres / etc. etc. You’re welcome! 😛

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