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Narz

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What new (or old) things are you doing to try to stay healthy these days?

Could be physical/emotional/social/intellectual/'spiritual', whatever.

  • Was on a super solid meditation kick for about two months from Jan 9th but fell off pretty hard, trying to get back on by doing it 1st thing in the morning (after bathroom, getting clothes/items ready for the day), lost a lot of momentum but we'll see how this 1st thing in the morning thing goes (right now I'm back in US for a month so don't have to worry about kids waking up before me)
  • Gym every morning after that, keep it to 45min-60min, alternating between 200mg caffeine pill (aprox 3¢ per does) & some kind of pre-workout (closer to 50-75¢ but it's more fun to drink something), sometimes go twice a day. This is the positive habit I'm the most consistent with because I find it super rewarding in the moment, it's usually the highlight of my day, only time I miss a day is if I'm sick, my partner or kids are sick or I got less than 5 hours sleep
  • Aiming to do some sort of stretching/yoga everyday but I'm much less consistent w it. Mady Morrison is a good youtuber w some routines (w no talking!), will put link below
  • I'm more aware of my anxiety & my fluctuating moods & I'm better @ staying more present & curious w them & catastrophizing less ("here we go again", "I'll always be like this", etc.) than I was even a few years ago. Awareness doesn't necessarily give you solutions but it helps to avoid emotions spiraling out of control (leading to actions also spiraling out control)
  • Food/digestion remains my biggest issue as it has for over 20 years, but obviously I can never give up trying to improve it (accept current situation but never surrender the will to improve), aiming to eat greens & low-sugar probiotic food of some kind everyday (usually kraut). Trying to gain weight without having a stomach ache all day is quite the challenge for me. Slow & steady slight calorie surplus and I'm thinking every two months I'll do a 60 hour fast to give my system a rest, promote autophagy. So realistically I can probably gain 5lb in two months, when I fast I'll probably lose 3-4lb and I'll repeat until I get to my goal weight (I'm not sure what that is as I don't know how I'll feel @ 190 or 200, I'm thinking around 205lb (93kg) would be the best aesthetically for me but how I feel is more important.
  • Social isolation may be tied w food as biggest source of anxiety (w career/$ worries close behind), but I've gotten better @ accepting it & appreciating that it's better to have fewer ties than toxic ties & enjoying my own company (if you hate to be alone, have kids, then you'll savor your time alone). I feel like social isolation can be a bad feedback loop, the more alone you are the more you get used it & meeting people feels awkward. The easy fix is to try to connect w other isolated people but you'll find very often that there's a reason those people are isolated (they're annoying, boring, flaky, negative, underhanded, etc). I've tried to appreciate the small connections I have w people, however limited, like the front desk girl @ the gym, ubereats customers taking the food from me for 3 seconds, etc. Research seems to suggest these micro-interactions can actually make a big difference. Beyond that I just plan to put myself in the position to make social connections, be genuine w people & curious about them & hopefully in 2-3 years my social life will look much different.

Spoiler yoga :

So anyway, run w the thread however you see fit. I'm always trying on new habits/ways of being from other intelligent people.
 
I do long walks (6 miles), pull ups, stretching. Some gym equipment I gathered in my home over the years. Dumbells, little things.

Kneesovertoes guy (youtube) gives great tips for knees improvement, so I do a bit of that lately. Nothing systemic, just doing things I feel I should be doing, ~ one hour, every day.

The highlight of my routine is sauna. Couple of times a week. There’s something very powerful about it, I can’t recommend it enough. The effect is twofold: it relaxes the body, all strained muscles. And then it calms nervous system. Temperature swings, from 90 celsius to the ice cold shower. After three-four rounds like that, any nervousness that I’ve accumulated, is gone.
 
Kneesovertoes guy (youtube) gives great tips for knees improvement, so I do a bit of that lately. Nothing systemic, just doing things I feel I should be doing, ~ one hour, every day.
Yeah I've seen his videos recommended & others I've watched have praised him generally. I think I get intimidated by complicated looking movements so shy away from them even though they're probably what the doctor ordered for me (I don't have knee issues but I do have very tight hips/low back & a history of back injuries)
 
It took about a year to recover from bottom surgery (Jan 2022) but once I felt I was back to where I'd left off, I've really hit the ground running :eekdance: I've eliminated my alcohol intake and drastically cut down on meat. In February, I've started building back up my cardio endurance on a stationary bike. Two months later and I'm up to 45 minutes (~10km, 500 kCal) / 4-5 days a week. Feels good! 💪 For this summer, I'm looking into MMA classes like kickboxing.
 
I make most of my food / snacks myself now, or grow & collect them.
Bread (all sorts), pizza, cakes & cookies, potato chips (cutting them out of well potatoes), joghurts.
Planting tomatos, apples, cucumbers, salads etc.
Collecting raspberries, strawberries, mushrooms, some spices..

Feels good, both for the quality & activity.
Ofc i cannot replace everything, and buying bananas i.e. remains important..but overall i need less cos high quality products are efficient.
 
Last couple years I’ve been mounting minor injuries during almost nothing, which is probably why ;)

I’ve been going to the gym lately, I pay about 20% of my unemployment income toward it. But that includes unlimited classes so I’ll be heading out in 25 min.

On the topic of the mental side which plays in, I stay medicated on the measurement of its outcome and not how I feel about being on medication or even how the medication makes me feel. Am I treating people better? Good. Am I doing my work, cleaning the house, all the way down to brushing my teeth? That’s what counts.
 
On the topic of the mental side which plays in, I stay medicated on the measurement of its outcome and not how I feel about being on medication or even how the medication makes me feel. Am I treating people better? Good. Am I doing my work, cleaning the house, all the way down to brushing my teeth? That’s what counts.
What do you take? How does it change you?
 
right now a low dose of immediate release adderall, I rotate a little bit into ritalin and a couple antidepressants from time to time but this is the main one.

Of course coffee every day too, that one is almost as important. And then, it’s really hard to get the dose right as I also use it recreationally, buuut some weed for sure. But like, 1, 2.5 mg gummies, sometimes 5-10. And not every day.

That mix keeps my thoughts and actions in balance. Like keeps me exercising, keeps me making sure my money is secure, keeps me eating, etc.

I’d love to take the whole thing higher like keep my balance and chill but also reach my crazy old 17-25 year old heights but I’m grateful for where I am and between the two this gets me more of everything I want.
 
What do you take? How does it change you?
I got so into the what I forgot the how.

I will literally lie in bed and do nothing, or ruminate on bad old things, navel gaze.. only social things, unproductive levels of weed, and diablo style video games will motivate me… oh and arguing economics 🤓

my environment will get messier and messier, never incremental progress on anything. I will be unreliable to the people around me for the day to day and implicit team effort stuff and be more critical of everyone at the same time.

I am a better driver without the adderall so during my Uber days I broke the cycle more with Prozac, but Prozac doesn’t help me code, study, none of that.
 
I support intelligent self-medication. A doctor you see once a month (or less) for fifteen minutes ain't gonna know you like you know yourself. :)
 
Magnesium, ginger shots and cod liver oil.

Alcohol intake probably too high. Should do something about that.

Mental stability; long walks in the forest. Also a method I call hybris. Not sure if the latter is healthy in the long run though.
 
Magnesium, ginger shots and cod liver oil.

Alcohol intake probably too high. Should do something about that.

Mental stability; long walks in the forest. Also a method I call hybris. Not sure if the latter is healthy in the long run though.
So what's hybris?
 
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