1.) Stress Is A Mess
I don’t know if you noticed this, but I just rhymed. With that line I am already a better rapper than Chief Keef. Anywho, stress is a killer. I don’t just mean the psychological stress that you feel when your sketchy ass boyfriend likes another girls Instagram post from 5 weeks ago, but also the stress you place on your body by eating shitty.
Psychological and physiological stress may seem different, but they create the same internal environment that throws everything off balance including your hormones, neurotransmitters, nervous system, and even your grandmother. Do you wanna be responsible for nanna falling and breaking her hip? NO! So stop stressing!
Battle stress by taking a 15 minute break at the end of every day. Close your eyes and reflect on the day that has passed and choose 3 things from that day that you are grateful for. This practice will create an appreciation for everyday life on both the conscious AND subconscious level. Pumping your subconscious mind with positivity creates a POWERFUL way to thwart the negative effects of stress. You will reap the benefits of harmonious balance between your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system which will allow you to achieve deep restorative sleep and full physical/neurological regeneration.
Another way to kick stress square in the nuts is to dial in your nutrition. Numerous studies have shown that mismanagement of blood sugar creates a terribly stressful internal environment wreaking havoc on you physiologically. It has also been shown that many people who follow standard American diets are actually severely lacking in key nutrients. Eat dark colored thin skinned fruits, fibrous leafy vegetables, and quality protein/fat sources. Keep your food choices on the lower side of the glycemic index and stay away from processed foods like super models stay away from broke dudes who drive Hyundai Sonatas.
2.) Feed Your Brain
Life can be a monotonous hamster wheel. When people ask you “what’s new?” do you reply “same old shit”? Well STOP THAT!Each day is an opportunity to recreate yourself and improve your ability to positively impact the world. Strive to learn something new each day. I recommend achieving this by opening your mind to new experiences. Here are 3 things I like to do every day to learn new things…
– Get into a convo with a stranger: You never know what you’ll learn when you speak to a random stranger. It’s also a good way to practice your people skills and improve your ability to communicate. I learn some amazing things and connect with some incredible people this way. I highly recommend being more outgoing. Startinnnnnnnng NOW…
– Read high level literature: I buy science books that are way out of my league. I spend an hour most nights reading them and researching accordingly so that I’m able to eventually understand them. At some poin,t the literature that was once out of my league become as simple as Dr. Seuss books, and my intelligence benefits greatly. Challenge yourself daily by reading epic shit.
– Unplug yourself: Leave all of your devices in the house or car and go outside. Find somewhere that you can be with nature and spend an hour or so looking around at the world and appreciating what it has to offer. Workout outside, lay under a tree or simply walk around and breathe deeply. You’ll be amazed at some of the thoughts you unlock from deep in your mind when you unplug and relax. You’ll learn just how powerful unplugging can be and you will begin to communicate with yourself with much more presence and awareness. Being aware of how you communicate with YOURSELF will allow you to take control of your thought processes which can kill stress and increase focus and positive action.
3.) Get Off Your Ass
I’ll keep this one simple. Find a basic exercise program (check out Stephen’s blog for workouts!) that you can complete at home. Work on it every single day aiming to make small progressions regularly. Even a baby step in the right direction is progress! Committing to a workout program will not only improve your physical well-being, but also will begin to improve your ability to adapt your lifestyle to one that more favors overall health. Building new habits takes commitment. Regularly flex your mental and physical strength to become a well-rounded, regimented individual.
Now I’ll pass the mic to Stephen… (hands off mic, winks at pretty girl in the crowd, gets shot down)
4. Eat S!@#. Good s!@#, though!
I’ll keep it really simple on this one – skip the fast food. It’s not always about what you eat, it’s about the quality of your food. For example, a Big Mac is a burger and it’s bad for you. A burger made from USDA grass fed beef is a burger too, but it’s a good burger.
Oh yeah, and what Nick said in #1 ^…
5. Stop making excuses.
Make fitness and nutrition a priority in your life. Hectic work schedules and family life aren’t really legitimate excuses. When it comes down to it, if you don’t have your health – you don’t have anything. How can you possibly have a successful career and be there for your family and friends if you’re body and mind aren’t healthy?
As a wise man once said, “Health is wealth, and movement is medicine.” Preach.
6. “Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort.”
That quote is on a magnet that has been on my mini fridge throughout my college career, and truer words have never been spoken (or printed on a magnet). Try new things. When you say to yourself that you don’t like working out you probably mean that you don’t like lifting weights or running on a treadmill. Humans have arms and legs because we were meant to move! Get out there and try new things.
I’ve never been ice skating before in my entire life until this past semester when my fraternity went with a sorority. Did I embarrass myself in front of A LOT of sorority girls? Hell yes. I was even nominated for J.O.W. for my antics (J.O.W. stands for “Jackass of the Week,” and I may have even won – I don’t remember). But did I get a great workout?? I sure did.
I’ll be honest, I still have trouble talking to the pretty girl across the bar sometimes. I don’t always live up to my mini fridge, but when I do it’s pretty much 100% percent always worth it (way better success rate than “sex panther”).
Use these 6 tips to become a little more awesome each day. When should you start? In the wise words of Zach De La Rocha…
“WHAT BETTER PLACE THAN HERE? WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW!!!?”