Self Challenge: A Better State Of Mind (Part 1)

Your alarm goes off at 9 in the morning, you set it the night before knowing you have plenty to do the following day. You barely open one eye to find that snooze button and you hit it to get those extra 9 minutes of sleep. The alarm goes off again in what seems to be 5 seconds later, and you realize you must get up because you have many things to accomplish that day. Instead of getting up, you reach over and disable the alarm, you acknowledge that you must get up, but your body doesn’t respond, instead you tell yourself you will simply lay there for a couple more minutes until your body finds the energy to get off the bed. Next thing you know, you wake up and it’s 2 in the afternoon, and you have to be at work at 3! You hop off the bed and get ready for work, and the rest of the day you’re feeling crummy because you accomplished nothing constructive that morning.

Alright, so maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone this exact way, this is how my week days usually go by. I work third shift 4-5 days a week, sometimes even 6. I find it very difficult to get  off the bed, but I’ve realized those few times that I’ve found energy to do so, getting off the bed is the only hard part. You may think that this is normal for everyone, but what if you find the rest of your day being similar? What if you manage to get up in time but you find it hard to get out of the house because you don’t have the energy to do so? That is simply not normal, for anyone. Everyone is allowed to sometimes run out of energy and feel like they just want to relax, but being in this state of mind all day every day makes you a very unproductive person.

Today, while at work, I had an epiphany. I was currently under prescribed pain killers due to a massive tooth ache, and I felt different. For the first time in a long time, I felt relaxed, patient, and full of energy (or at least enough energy to get things done). Of course, this is a direct result of the chemical reactions happening in your body due to the pain killers, but what if we always felt this way? I’m sure there’s people out there that are naturally always in this state of mind and physically as well, but how do we achieve this if we aren’t naturally gifted with it?

My friend Gabriel once told me, not long ago, that he changed his eating habits, and that greatly and directly affected his state of mind, which also helped him improve his body physically. It is a proven fact that being in a good physical shape can help with your state of mind. I have many times enrolled in gyms, and I’ve found each and every time that after a week or two of attending, even if I’m not seeing physical results, I have a lot more energy during the day, and I am much more productive.

I have given myself the challenge to better my state of mind by changing some of my eating habits, and engaging in more physical activity. I am also going to spend more time with my family in outdoor activities to help with my state of mind. Spending time with family will help me mentally. I will post my progress at least once a week, and compare what has changed, in hopes that this will help others as well.

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