Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
I just recently hopped on a plane, a month ago, and now I'm traveling by myself in Eastern Europe (for the next year or so, just because I needed to switch things up in my life and experience change).
And... let's just say, looking back at the first month... it has had its ups... but it has also had plenty of downs.
I knew before I left that it was gonna be hard.
But knowing is one thing. It's a whole different ballgame when you're in the midst of being battered down by depression.
Thankfully, I've quickly learned to adjust to this new life on my own, in a foreign country.
What do I attribute that to?
Mainly, two things.
I've gotten religious about, first thing every day, exercising and getting my mental space "right".
I've gotten into yoga. I jog every other day for half an hour. And I do bodyweight exercises (pushups and pullups) to keep my body physically strong.
That, for me, has had the biggest impact. Always starting the day off pumping endorphins into my bloodstream.
Not only that, but it also gets me out of my apartment, which, in a way, gets me out of my head.
#2: Getting Your Most Important Work Done
After I exercise, the next thing I always do is focus on getting my "One Thing" done. (The One Thing, a book written by Gary Keller.)
What is "The One Thing"?
Essentially, it's figuring out what the most important thing in your life is, and then getting it done every day.
For me, my One Thing is writing. I have a blog. And I'm building a business. So I go to the coffee shop every day and get my writing done.
After I complete that—I always feel amazing.
For you, your One Thing could be anything.
For example, maybe you're trying to get a job. So... your One Thing would be putting in applications for jobs and setting up interviews.
Or maybe you're in school. Your One Thing, besides of course going to class, would be studying and doing your homework.
Whatever your One Thing is, it's all about getting it done before anything else in the day (besides exercise).
Without fail, every time I take action in my One Thing, it gives me a natural high because I've just taken steps to make **** happen in my life.
After exercising and doing my One Thing—the rest of my day becomes enjoyable and effortless because I've changed my physiology (through exercise) and my mental sense of wellbeing (because I've gotten done what matters).