When the Covid-19 lockdown first began, I didn't really take it so well. I was very uncomfortable with how the stress and anxiety of it all made me feel.
So I made some choices to alleviate the anxiety and stress I was feeling. I chose to indulge in comfort foods and alcohol, to the detriment of my overall health.
"Right now, you are one choice away from a new beginning -- one that leads you towards becoming the fullest human being you can be." -- Oprah Winfrey
With every choice that you make, there are results and consequences. I was not liking the consequences I had chosen.
I certainly enjoyed the immediate relief of my stress and anxiety. I didn't enjoy waking up feeling worse the next day. I didn't enjoy the mental decline. And I REALLY didn't like putting on the weight that I did.
It was time for a change.
"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice." -- George Eliot.
The French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre once cleverly said, "Life is the C between the B and D" With B referring to your birth, and D your death, C, your life, is the result of the choices that you make.
Where you are in your life right now is the culmination of the choices that you have made up unto this very point. There is no getting around this fact. Once you accept responsibility to this effect, you become empowered.
"There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." -- Denis Waitley
In my case, I knew I had to make a better choice than drowning my sorrows, stress, and anxiety in comfort foods and alcohol.
So I decided to commit to The Whole 30 Nutrition Plan. In a nutshell, I committed to 30 days of clean eating with whole foods and meats. I gave up all the comfort foods -- no alcohol, no breads, cereals, pasta, crackers, potato chips, chocolate, beer or wine.
At the time of writing this, I am 25 days into the 30 days. The results? I feel so much better. I have more energy, better focus, and sleeping better.
By making a better choice, I literally changed my life in less than a month. That is the power of choice!
Added bonus: I am over the addiction of comfort foods including sugar!
Let me give you another personal example.
The other day my depression was giving me a run for my money. I just wasn’t able to get on top of it. Unfortunately, while I had been outside busy, I had not done any real exercise, nor had I done any meditation or yoga in the past week. The weather was grey overcast with fog and doing nothing to help lift my spirits.
I wasn’t particularly enjoying living with it. I could have drank. I could have gone for the sugar rush of a sweet treat or baked good. I would have felt a bit better.. in the short term. And tomorrow, I would wake up worse off than I was that day in the first place!
Instead, I grabbed my mountain bike and went on a 30 mile ride, setting a personal best of 2h and 15 minutes in the process. I came home energized, my mental and emotional moods were at a 9/10! I had mental focus. I had mental energy. I just felt SO MUCH BETTER.
Today I woke up feeling a bit physically tired, with some stiffness and soreness because I hadn’t biked that distance in quite a while, but my mental and emotional energy was pretty much where I wanted it to be.
I made a better quality decision. AND I didn’t let myself down by breaking my commitment to stay on The Whole 30 for well, the Whole 30! And now I am reaping the benefits.
Wayne Dyer once said, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
So how can you apply better choices to your own life? What better choices can you make starting right now?
Thomas Detert is a Certified High Performance Coach(TM), mental health blogger and advocate. He is the founder of Defying Depression: an online self-help movement that encourages those suffering with anxiety and depression to learn how they can help themselves.
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