If you want to improve your mental state, start with your body.
I experienced this myself last year as I went from an unhealthy and ruinous version of myself into…well into something else. Something not that I guess.
Running has always been an outlet for me. The day I decided to shed this lesser self, I went on my first run in almost two years.
Maybe “run” isn’t the word. More like shamble perhaps. It sucked.
But it was Day 1.
Which meant there could be a Day 2.
Which everything else since has been built upon.
Humble beginnings from a slow, painful run of barely a single mile.
As good habits replaced destructive tendencies, an amazing thing happened.
I gained clarity, accountability, and most importantly; confidence.
These newfound traits helped me lose over 55 pounds and reclaim my health.
They helped me repair my relationships as I became more like the person I could be instead of just settling for the one that was.
They reminded me of my most compelling aspirations and how I was really good at talking about them and really bad at doing anything about.
And through it all, they helped me realized my life was enviable and I was squandering it in every conceivable way.
And they provided the mental fortitude to face the truth.
Which made me want to do something about it.
So I did.
And so can you.
If you want to do something, all you have to do is do it.