Since December I’ve changed a lot of things in my life, removing some habits, cutting on things like alcohol, coffee, … After 2 months I’ve made a small check-up to see where I am now and where I’m heading to. Most of the changes had a positive impact in my life which is why I find it interesting to share now.
Stopping coffee: I felt I was too addicted to coffee while it had little impact on my overall health. In fact I had to drink more and more coffee just to get that little ”bump” in the morning, while avoiding to go over 5 cups a day which made me sick. Since then I’ve totally stopped coffee (switched to infusions & tea), and I must say that I feel way better. I’m more awake in the morning than before, my teeth are whiter, … But, on the side, I’ve become extra-sensitive to caffeine, with one Coke Zero keeping me awake for 5 hours straight.
Reading more: I set a goal of 50 books for this year, and I’m already at 29, so this is going pretty well. I’ve kept the screen usage quite low, switching to books every time I could. Those books all really helped me going through my break up, but also giving me guidance and improving my self-confidence. I’ll prepare a post later about the books that changed my life & way of thinking so stay tuned.
Meditation & stoicism: those two truly saved me. I think that without stoicism, my break up would have been really harder. But by working on being able to let things go and acknowledge that nothing last, I was able to overcome it. Meditation brought me a wonderful peace of mind and downsized my stress. I’ve learned a lot about myself through this, and this helps me to go through the challenges of everyday life.
Daily journaling: Since December I’ve written one page everyday in a notebook (ok, now three). This helped me both empty my head, keep track of decisions, but also allowed me to see how I was evolving, feeling, … We tend to forget exactly how we felt during some events, journaling helps you to keep this information as you lived it somewhere. It also helped me to keep my decisions in time where I was lost by just going back to the time I decided to do something and understand again why.
No Alcohol: Stopping alcohol for 50 days really helped me. But I’ve realized that I didn’t have any problem with alcohol and that all my problems were related to my relationship. Alcohol just revealed all that. But by stopping it for 50 days, I’m now able to know exactly when I should stop drinking. This is invaluable to me as I’m now able to survive my hangovers much easier.
Weight: By exercising, changing my eating habits, cutting on the sweets, … I was able to go from 79 kg to 71 kg. I’m feeling greater than before, and much more confident too. I Still have to go down, but switched from 32 to 28 for my jeans, I’m able to wear S sized shirts, I’m clearly happier with how I look. I also learned how to dress properly and take better care of my skin and things like that. The break up crushed a lot of my gym and eating habits but I’m working to get back on track and started deadlifting, so here we go.
I’m still working a lot on improving my daily routine and life, and switched the focus for this year to some self-improvement projects: creating my company, writing my second novel, travelling to Canada, and keep on improving my life. I’m always looking for new steps so don’t hesitate to reach out ;)