Day #15 from stress to success: Reduce the four addictors

Welcome to day #14 of the 31-day challenge: from stress to success. Today’s secret to success is:

Reduce the four addictors

Yesterday I was writing about “Do what you love doing and love what you do” and explained how this is built on what you value most. If you missed that post, I really encourage you to read it before you go into this topic. If we are doing what we love and are totally aligned with what we value most, the less likely you are involved in having any addictions. When your soul is fulfilled with what you do, the less likely you grave any of these substances.

We are more prone to addictions when we don’t do what we love doing and are not aligned with our highest values. When we live our life according to other people’s values, we feel dissatisfied and look for immediate gratification. The chances of having one of the four addictors are very likely.

So what are the four addictors?

  1. coffee
  2. cigarettes
  3. alcohol
  4. sugar

How do I reduce my addictions?

So the first part of the solution is to relook at what you are doing and evaluate if that is in line with your highest values. If not, either link what you do with your values or if that is not working out, change your situation or if financially not possible straight away, make a plan and start preparing towards your goal in your spare time. You might say, I don’t have time, but if I tell you that each one of us has 24 hours a day and it is up to you to choose how to fill the 24 hours, you most likely will find time for what is really important to you.

To further help you not needing these addictors any longer, start with reducing your intake. I had one client who had 10 cups of coffee a day to numb himself out from the stress he experienced at work. Of course, he couldn’t stop having coffee altogether, but he started to reduce the coffee intake slowly, week by week. He is now down to 2 cups a day but having said this, he also changed his job he was doing. He is still in the same company but realised that what he was doing, was what he hated and made him feel depressed and stressed out. So both actions helped him to overcome the stress and burnout.

Very important is to not feel bad about your addictions to any of these sources to numb yourself out. Instead say thank you to them as they teach you that something is not in line with your values, so you are able to address the real cause.

In fact, your body does not need any of these, in moderation everything is ok. Ask yourself why you are choosing these addictors. What symptoms are you trying to cover? For instance, if you feel sluggish in the mornings or are bored at work, you grab a cup of coffee. It provides you with a temporary buzz, but if its’ used in excess, it can disturb the energy-producing process of the liver and pancreas.

Smoking cigarettes, particular if you smoke a lot, can rob your lungs of oxygen and shrink your blood vessels so that your cells can’t survive. Again, moderation is key.

Alcohol in moderation is ok, but certainly in excess and on a daily basis is telling you something. Are you drinking it to relax? What else could you do or drink to help you relax? Start substituting until you realise you don’t need the alcohol. Alcohol does not help you in staying alert to your own intuition. It may provide you with a temporary high, but we all know how you feel afterwards or the next day. You might enjoy the taste, but at that moment, think about how it makes you feel the next day or makes you wake up numerous times during the night. Do you really want to feel like this? So control it, before it controls you.

In the same way, your brain needs oxygen to function correctly. It also requires sugar but only in moderate amounts. High concentration burden your pancreas, liver and adrenals. So if you are already suffering from chronic stress and adrenal fatigue, the last thing you want to have is sugar. It causes even more stress to your adrenals. Sugar does not only affect your body but also your emotions. Manic-depressive swings may result from sugar addiction. So just like the other addictors, limit your sugar intake. Substitute sugar with maple-, coconut syrup or honey.

Life experiences provide us already with enough stress. We don’t need these addictors to add to our stress level.

Action steps:

1. Most of the addictors are social ones and are often associated with peer pressure. To remain moderate, say “Thanks, but no thanks,” to excesses.

2. When you are out, select places where these addictors aren’t used excessively. For example, if you go to a bar, you’d probably be persuaded to have a cigarette and a drink. Likewise, you’d probably be tempted to order a coffee and some sugary foods if you go to a cafe or pastry bar. Prioritise where you hang out. Luckily nowadays there are so many healthy cafes and restaurants available, try one of these. Substitute your coffee with a matcha latte.

3. If you keep stock of the four addictors in your home, you’ll probably be more tempted to have it because it is accessible. Stop buying any of these or buy it in moderation only.

4. Try this experiment for a week: moderate the four addictors or other ones you use – for instance being online on social media is another big addictor! How much time do you spend on social media or playing games on your phone? Notice the difference it makes to reduce the intake of any of these addictors. Be creative instead.

After a few days of adjusting your lifestyle, you might experience physical reactions from withdrawal. You might be suffering from headaches. Note, that this will pass when you stick to not having these addictors. You will notice that you will gain more energy, clearer focus, and more confidence which is helping you with your success. Once you see the positive impact on stopping to have these addictive behaviours in your life, you don’t want to return to the past.

Affirmation:

I am a master of myself, and my middle name is moderation.

 

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If you feel stuck with chronic fatigue because of consistent high stress levels or you feel just drained and unmotivated to go to work every morning, don’t wait and book in your free discovery call with me now. Click here.

Stay tuned for day 16 action steps.

Alex

Day #13 from stress to success: Eat light, moderate meals

eat light

Welcome to day #13 of the 31-day challenge: from stress to success. Today’s secret to success is:

Eat light, moderate meals

“You are what you eat.” In addition to that, it is also important “when and how much” you eat.

How many of us have overeaten late at night and have felt stuffed and tired the next day? Late night eating does not energise us or make us feel good. It is actually adding to our stress level. Having no eating rhythm can also throw our bodies off. When eating you want to make sure you eat moderately, consistently and at certain times. Allow yourself to have at least 12 hours fasting time between your last meal and breakfast.

I am German and used to have a warm lunch and only something light for dinner. When I moved to Australia, I noticed it was the other way round. I still stick to my way as I was used to doing it this way. However, I learned that eating light for dinner is actually healthier and in line with our body’s energy. When eating a meal, it is wise to have at least 3 hours to digest your food before you go to bed. It helps you to sleep better too.

What you eat can make a huge difference. Listen to your inner voice. How do you feel after eating certain foods? Does the food you are eating make you feel energised or sluggish? Everybody is different. In the end make sure you have a balanced diet, which means lots of vegetables, some fruits, only a bit of grain and your preferred protein. Your body knows exactly what is right for you.

Don’t get too caught up in all the diets out there. Diets don’t work as they are based on deprivation, what you cannot have. Instead, you want to focus on what you get to eat. Fill your body with food which energises you and substitute the food which makes you feel tired or even bloated. There are so many healthy substitutes available. Choose also food which is helping your body to alkalise. I am going to write an article about alkalising food soon, stay tuned for more information. Balance is essential, choose to have your treat or cheat meal once a week and enjoy it.

Eating only when you are hungry, eating less rather than more, and eating light at night, your whole body will feel more energised and in tune with success in life.

Action Step:

1. When you eat in the evening, prepare moderate-sized meals, preferably at least three hours before going to bed. If you feel that you have overeaten, don’t go to sleep immediately; instead, go for a walk or do some gentle exercises to stimulate your metabolism. The lighter you eat, the sooner you can relax on the couch or go to bed.

2. If you do find yourself overeating, chew your food more times and eat more slowly. If you are dining out, just don’t order so much. If you prepare your food at home, only cook the amount you want to eat.

Affirmation:

I eat wisely. Every bite I take builds my dreams of success.

eat light

If you enjoy this challenge and want more juicy information, please join my closed facebook group “Light up your soul” for more valuable free content and future challenges: join here.

If you feel stuck with chronic fatigue because of consistent high stress levels or you feel just drained and unmotivated to go to work every morning, don’t wait and book in your free discovery call with me now. Click here.

Stay tuned for day 14 action steps.

Alex