2021 was tough
The following 3 areas have helped me get through one of the most difficult years of my life. If you’re having a hard time, these three areas of focus may help.
Arguably the most important thing we do and yet most don’t do it well.
I recommend starting your breathing education by reading or listening to this book, Breath: the New Science of a Lost Art
What I do almost daily (mid afternoon when I can) is the Guided Wim Hof Method Breathing exercise. Trust me, it feels great and no, you don’t have to plunge into an ice bath, but I do also recommend giving this a try.
This is just the tip of the breathing iceberg and I thoroughly recommend you explore more of the techniques out there to find what works for you.
2. Personal Growth
Think of personal growth as updating your operating system, the code that determines how you view the world. Change this and your whole world transforms. If you’re not happy with how things have worked out for you in a particular area in your life, you can upgrade your operating system and as a result, upgrade your future.
This is a HUGE topic, so I suggest you pick someone in the space who you resonate with and just begin. Most importantly, commit to being a lifelong learner and doing the work!
In the past year I did the Landmark Forum, The Unleash the Power Within virtual event with Tony Robbins, and now I’m doing the self-paced courses from the Mind Valley platform.
For relationships, I really like Alain de Botton’s ideas on love and whenever I read one of his books, or listen to a podcast, I come away feeling relieved and much calmer.
3. Physical Health
I pay extra attention to my physical health because it affects my mood and how much energy I have. Again a HUGE topic, which I’ll split into a few topics:
- I eat lots of vegetables and whole foods and not much alcohol.
- I don’t overeat and sometimes fast
- There is lots of research on diet and its relationship to how long we live for. One of the most interesting people in this space is Dr Valter Longo, who I recommend you check out.
- Exercising and specifically increasing your heart rate in a wheelchair can be challenging. Personally, my goto is a skierg because it’s fast and easy to use. I’ve found swimming to be a great workout too.
- The point I want to make is that exercise, even if you don;t feel like it, changes your body state and therefore your mindstate too. Find something that works for you and that you enjoy and do it often.
- One of the most important things we can do for our physical and mental health is sleep. Google tips on getting a good night sleep and get to it
The last word
The last words I have to share is on habits. In order transform your life you must create new habits and create a new “normal”. This involves sticking with things and being committed. I know you can do it.
Wishing you a happy, fulfilled, fun, healthy and long life!