It's Monday again and, being part of the #naturalmedicine Steemit group, I was reminded of the so called mindfulmonday tag.
Those of you who only read my ( recent ) movie posts, might think that I'm doing great, especially after moving into my house again, a little over a week ago. Saying that is the case would be a lie though. I still don't master feeling good, although I experience some glimpses of it, every now and then. I know life is merely about feeling good as much as possible and I still am a noob at that There's only so much that a forced smile can do ( it increases your amount of endorphins though ) and I want to do more than forced smiling :>)
I am focusing on several things to feel good, as much as I can though, merely related to (mental) health: meditation is one of them.
Improving My Health by Intermittent Fasting
Another thing I have been focusing on is an eating schedule, since last October. A week ago, I narrowed it down from 10 to 8 hours per day ( noon to 8 pm ). Outside of these hours, I'm only allowed to drink water. I'm still not sure if this is actually making me feel better ( if I need to believe all the research that has been done to prove this, it should improve my health, both mental and physical, in many ways ).
I started on this 'diet' more than 7 months ago but - until recently - I was on a 10 hour eating window. Let's see if 8 hours ( apparently, tightening it down to less than 8 hours has no proven benefit. I'm happy about that ) actually makes a difference. For now, I have to say that it's kind of tough, especially in the morning hours. I feel I should give it some more time though. This circadian diet is said to cure all kind of ( chronical ) illnesses, even depression. And, as I'm all for self medication ( and staying away from doctors and 'un'natural medicine ) it's definitely worth the try.
P.S. I have to admit that there were some other things being said in the book that I read about this diet, that are advisory ( besides the eating window ), namely:
- Daily exercise
- Cutting down on unnatural light in the night ( and thus on screen time )
- A regular rhythm ( sleeping and waking up around the same time )
I especially struggle with cutting down on unnatural light in the evening. A movie projector doesn't help with that :>)
Focus on the Positive
Another thing I learnt, is to focus on the positive rather than the negative, without necessarily resisting or pushing away the negative ( think of the sandpaper analogy in this previous post by me Stop Rubbing the Sandpaper. It's okay to feel crappy every now and then.
This afternoon, while relaxing in the calming, almost Asian, quiet spot near my house ( as shown on the picture above this post ), I had a little epiphany or Eureka moment. Nothing major but interesting anyway:
I felt that I should focus even more on things that make me feel good.
I thought I was already doing that, but, to be honest, I am not doing it enough.
There's still so many moments that I'm doing things that I don't need to do, that don't make me feel good. Why am I not prioritizing the feel good stuff even more?
I feel I should do more things with a purpose.
This could even mean posting less on Steemit, focus more on 'writing with a goal' ( my How to Not Make a Movie book for instance ). It would mean that I should actually start painting and drawing ( instead of just thinking and at times talking about it ). That I should meditate even more, going on more walks in nature and, possibly, travel more.
I should focus less on pleasing others, unless I really feel like it, feel inspired to do so. When I'm not, I should focus on myself, on feeling good.
The better I feel, the more others will benefit from me too.
Honestly, do you prefer Vincent 2.0 or Vincent 1.5?
I know there's still a long way to go but I'm getting there, day by day, step by step.
And now back to being more selfish.
P.S. Some of you might think that it's easy talking for a single guy without kids but believe me, it's not like I chose to be in this situation ( or at least not consciously ). I know now that I can choose my life though and I choose to feel better more often. Don't we all want that?