Once you fall into the “unhappy and unhealthy hole,” it can be exceedingly tough to find a way out and turn your life back around.
Before I tell you my simple secrets to finding a calm, happy, and joyful life again, I wish to share that I was in a terrible mess for many years.
At the time, I had no clue why I was such an unhealthy mess, both physically and mentally. That, unfortunately, goes with the territory of being in poor mental health!
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I used to believe everyone was pitted against me, and I had no idea why.
“What did I do to deserve this misery now? I was always kind, giving, and good to people, wasn’t I?”
But of course, it wasn’t as I thought. I was big, negative, and unhelpful for many years.
I was self-centered, short, abrasive, rude, demanding, impatient, arrogant, and thought I was the best!!
That behavior lasted from when I was 25 until 45 — a solid 20 years. That’s a long time to get away with being a dick.
But, to be fair, I wasn’t always that bad — I had my kind and nice spells too. However, I slowly continued further down the rabbit hole until I got my wake-up call.
The shock that brought me back to reality was a stroke
I realized I’d overdone things and burnt the candle at both ends. If I didn’t change, the candle would soon lose its flame — and it did.
I went from a massive “doer” to an angry and bitter “non-achiever.”
The 15 actions I took to change and save my health and life:
1 — Cut back on the alcohol.
2 — Completely changed my diet and went keto-carnivore.
3 — Started walking every day.
4 — Stopped blaming others and was honest with myself instead.
5 — Entirely changed my workout routine from the gym to activities in nature, becoming one with nature!
6 — I left the USA and went on a trip to Southeast Asia to explore and live in warm weather, which I love, and helped me rebuild my positive mindset.
7 — Meditated and practiced positive self-talk daily.
8 — Studied nutrition.
9 — Read several self-help books that inspired me to stay the course.
10 — Started helping other people live better lives.
11 — Discovered I have a writing gift and became an online writer.
12 — Stopped partying and wasting money.
13 — Focused on being calm, empathetic, and caring
14 — Gave my time to others for free.
15 — Completely changed my career and started over.
That’s what I did. It didn’t happen overnight, and it wasn’t easy. It took a couple of years to get to where I am today.
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I always keep a watchful eye on my behavior, actions, and speech. It’s easy to slip back into your bad old habits if you are not fully self-aware.
That’s why you must be your hawk in the sky, guiding you the right way.
Nobody else will — it’s up to you and your responsibility to create peace, happiness, health, and a life you love.