Time to change my daily habits

I’m at a point in my life where I want to start making changes that I hope will become permanent.  These changes will be in the areas of what I eat, how often and what type of exercise I do, improving my spiritual life, and working on reducing my daily level of stress/anxiety.   While all of these areas of focus could lead to improvements in my vision, I believe the last one is the most pertinent to improving visual acuity.  So, I’ll talk about that topic in this post.

Lately, I’ve noticed that I have a low to moderate level of anxiety most days of the week.  This anxiety is not constant throughout the day, but I am usually aware of it while it is present.  I have especially noticed the symptoms of the persistent anxiety: loss of appetite, GI discomfort, nausea, not feeling rested when I wake up, less energy.  I know most of these symptoms will be reduced or ended with improvements in my diet and exercise habits, but I feel that stress is having the largest influence on them.  The things that are causing the stressed feelings are mainly things in my conscious and subconscious mind: thoughts about negative events from the past, worries about performing well each day in culinary school, concerns about my diminished social network, and others.  The range of stressful thoughts obviously covers many different parts of my life, and, therefore, there are a variety of ways for the thoughts to be changed so that I have a positive or neutral response to them.

Anyway, while I cannot immediately end or change the things in my life that the stressful thoughts are about, I can change my mind’s (then body’s) reaction to them.  While many of these issues will just require more thought, time, and conversations with friends, I also want to start some practical solutions each day to reduce my anxiety level.

  • I would like to start going on more walks outside (without my glasses 🙂 ) as this will give me time to relax and think.
  • I want to start and end each day by just sitting still and relaxing my mind and body.
  • I will try to be more aware of my breathing throughout the day.  It should be full, regular, and effortless.

I will focus on these three things for now, but I may add others in the future.  Since vision improvement is initiated by relaxation and central fixation of the mind, my above changes should also lead to a better visual acuity as well.  I look forward to a time when I will remain essentially stress-free despite my daily circumstances and happenings.

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One thought on “Time to change my daily habits

  1. dreamersight says:

    Mark,
    Good for you. I’ve implemented many changes in my life over the years: I started running daily in the late 70s, started doing weights a few years later, started consciously tracking my dreams and journaling in the 90s, started NVI almost 10 years ago. These are all things which are still a big part of my current life, because they’re important to me and I like the results I get from them. I know many people who have sold out their ideals, because someone else who doesn’t approve is paying their bills, their parents or extended family or boss has a different mindset and gives them a lot of criticism and ridicule about it, or they just get lazy and think they’re not worth it or are too old or it’s too much work or it’s inconvenient. The people I deeply care about and those I respect, even when I don’t know them well, hold to their principles and are always growing and learning. This is what makes a fulfilled life to me — otherwise you’re only consumer. Don’t be afraid to fail — if something isn’t working, you can change it. (I’ve stayed in jobs and friendships long past the point when I should have left because I didn’t want to admit failure.) Also don’t take on too much at once: think “baby steps” — you want to build a foundation slowly so you can sustain it if it’s working for you.

    About managing stress, you’re already doing most of what I am: regular exercise and meditation and journaling, making sure I get plenty of private time so I can be useful and balanced for other people. Awareness is essential — I keep bringing myself back all the time, renewing my commitment to the intent to be present, following Peter Grunwald’s teachings. I’m looking forward to wonderful things from you. Keep up the great work!
    Nancy

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