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On being sad and depressed

Why is it that you’re so sad and depressed? Especially, if you live in a prosperous country (U.S.A.) and live a relatively good life?

The issue can be that your life is so good that you actually have time to get bored and sad. People who live in more challenging areas, such as Brazil, don’t have time to get sad and depressed. They always have to remain on the move to survive. Having the time to be sad would be a luxury for them.

If you’re sad and depressed, try to challenge yourself day in and day out. Clearly, you have too much time on your hands to dwell on those few things you don’t happen to have in life. Create a list of tasks that’ll pose a challenge for you to complete.

Do something before you become addicted to the negative and depressed emotions. Embrace your emotions, but then get over it. You can’t waste your entire life sitting around being sad and depressed. It’s time for you to create a challenge for yourself, and purpose to your days.

Sometimes an alcohol hangover, bad diet, lack of sunlight or lack of exercise can be exacerbating the issue. If you know you’re slacking in those areas of your life, then it’s time to get them fixed. Now is the time to get the ball rolling.

I’ve visited family in Mexico who are so poor that they can’t afford to live in a home equipped with an indoor kitchen. Their kitchen is a grill outside. When I went to their house to visit, with my Uncle, they offered us corn on the cob. They mentioned that they had been eating corn on the cob all week, for every meal of the day. That’s all they could afford to eat for the week. They weren’t even sad about it, because they mentioned it casually.

They were very fun to be around. They spent most of their time smiling and joking around. They had a difficult life in Mexico, but were a lot more happy than some of my family and friends here in the good ol’ U.S.

That’s probably one of the biggest realization I made while visiting Mexico. That you don’t need anything to be happy. Happiness is a choice. So, if you’re sad or depressed right now, make the choice to be happy.

Getting out of bed early in the morning

Do you have trouble getting out of bed early in the morning? It seems like we all do. I don’t know too many people who leap out of bed as soon as the alarm clock rings. Neither do I know anyone who doesn’t hit snooze at least once. I know I hit snooze, at least, once every morning.

It turns out that this is a problem people have been having forever. Even the great Roman emperor/ philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, had problems getting out of bed. I don’t feel so bad anymore. Here’s what he wrote regarding the topic.

“On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind- I am awakening to the work of a human being. Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very things for which I was put into this world? Or was I make for this, to snuggle under the covers and keep warm? It’s so pleasurable. Were you then made for pleasure? In short, to be coddled or to exert yourself?” – Marcus Aurelius 

Our goal for every morning sounds something like this.

“Your alarm goes off at 5am, and you immediately get out of bed without a second thought. As you orient yourself to the waking world, you can barely detect any lingering grogginess, even if you look for it. You stand up and stretch, feeling totally alert, fully conscious, and eager to start your day. The thought of going back to bed to get some extra sleep seems completely alien to you.

It feels great to be up early, and you know you’ll put those early morning hours to good use. You’ll be able to exercise, shower, get dressed, eat a healthy breakfast, read some inspiring material, and invest an hour in your home-based business — all before 8am. And you know that the habit of starting each day this way will serve you well for life.

Maintaining this habit is easy for you. You don’t have to force yourself out of bed, and it doesn’t seem to require much discipline at all. It feels normal and natural to be alert and active at this time.” -Steve Pavlina

A lot of my mornings look like that, but a lot of them don’t either (the nights I stay up late). To get your morning routine down like that takes practice and willpower (in the beginning). After you get used to it, and notice the benefits, the resistance to stay in bed won’t be as strong. You’ll know that getting out of bed early is a good thing and that it’s in your best interest. Once you see the results and have that kind of mentality you won’t need to hit snooze more than twice.

For many years, I wasn’t a morning person. I don’t think I considered myself a morning person until I was 26 years old. I would actually feel groggy, and like crap, for the first few hours of the day.

I noticed all that changed once I altered my diet. Once I started eating healthier and eliminated fast food, sugary treats and processed food from my diet, I was able to get up early in the morning and feel alert almost immediately. No more grogginess.

“Diet and sleep are inextricably intertwined. If you think you can master your sleeping habits without improving your diet, you’re deluding yourself. Seriously.

Unfortunately most people — Americans especially — consume a truly hideous diet these days, filled with hormone-laden animal products, artificial ingredients, sugar, caffeine, salt, white flour, and heavily processed junk. An unhealthy diet will tax your endocrine system (which is responsible for hormone production), and that is going to prevent you from enjoying restful sleep.

… If you’ve been messing with your physiology by consuming excessive sugar, caffeine, processed foods, etc, I highly recommend you fix your diet first before attempting to master your sleep habits. Otherwise you’re only going to frustrate yourself. Two and a half years of feedback from readers attempting to become early risers has taught me it’s almost a rule that waking up groggy and eating a crappy diet go hand in hand. Keep in mind that in the USA, the average diet is an extremely crappy diet. I think that’s why people who wake up before dawn feeling totally alert tend to be considered overachievers, freaks, or genetically gifted. From the early risers’ perspective, it seems like everyone else is drugging themselves into a stupor.” – Steve Pavlina

For the record, I discovered the eating healthy & getting up early in the morning correlation (or causation, if there are already scientific studies out there) before I read that Steve Pavlina article 🙂 .

If you’re ready to become an early riser, and ready to change your diet, check out Steven Pavlina’s two articles on the topic. How to Become an Early Riser and How to Become an Early Riser – Part II.

Why do health physicians give generic advice?

Why do health physicians seem to give generic advice? I suppose it’s their job to give simple answers, since most people won’t care about hearing complicated answers.

Recently, I went to see my primary care physician about getting a testosterone test. I had just read the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, so I was super interested in seeing where my testosterone levels were at. I didn’t end of getting the test done, because he didn’t agree with me needing to take it. He said a lot of things that were contrary to what Tim had written in the 4 Hour Body.

My primary care physician stated that if I don’t feel lethargic or depressed (I don’t), then my levels are healthy. He also asked, if they were low, would I be open to taking treatment to raise them higher? I said no, because I wanted to use the natural methods Tim advised in his book. I told him what those natural methods were. Eating a healthy protein/ fatty diet, sleeping well, Brazilian nuts and eating avocados daily.

Surprisingly, the health physician said none of that will do anything. He said, he is sure none of that actually works. I was pretty shocked, and now I’m thinking that he really meant for the average male it wouldn’t do anything. Right???

Even though, I don’t know where my testosterone levels stand, I’ve been taking Tim’s advice and doing a lot of practices that he advises to keep your testosterone levels good – high. I’ll probably look to get tested sometime in the future, but, of course, with a different physician 🙂 .

I can’t help but think that his response is on the same track of what physicians usually say to those that have overweight issues. Instead of telling them to eat real healthy food, they prescribe pills and recommend diet sodas.

On having a good night’s sleep

We all get the same amount of hours per day. You get 24 hours per day, your neighbor gets 24 hours per day and even Elon Musk. If we all get the same amount of time per day, how does one do more than his neighbor? The answer can come from either being more focused and productive, or it can come from working harder. Of course, doing both is possible for a select few.

If you want to achieve high levels of success in life, then you are going to have to work hard for it. Reading the biographies of Elon Musk, Stephen King, Sam Walton, Arianna Huffington and Bill Gates quickly makes you realize that it isn’t going to be easy. If you work the same amount of hours (the typical 8 per day) as your co-worker and neighbor, then don’t expect to get any further than them. You’re going to have to endure countless sleepless nights. That’s how you get ahead of the masses.

Recently, there has been a major movement promoting the idea of having a good night’s sleep. The movement is trying to undo the belief that sleeping few hours per night makes you cool. For the longest, sleeping a few hours per night has been a badge of honor. I’ve been hearing this a lot from successful people, such as Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday. I know they mean well, and I know what they are promoting is good for our health. Here is my problem though.

Would they be where they are today, if they had slept the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night while they were young and ambitious? Would Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday be at the height that they now enjoy if they had slept 8 hours per night while establishing themselves? I don’t think so, and I don’t think they would believe that either. The problem is that successful people are giving the ‘sleep more’ advice to unsuccessful people. While they are doing a good deed, unsuccessful people might end up getting screwed if they take their advice word for word.

You should have a good night’s sleep, but if you are young and ambitious maybe you should hold off on that. Follow their actions, not their words. Elon Musk and Stephen King busted their asses off to get to where they are today. If they would have slept 8 hours per night they might have never done anything. How would Stephen King have written a book after work, while caring for a family, and still sleep 8 hours per night? It would have been very unlikely, if not impossible. Stephen King wrote those books on little to no sleep and that is why he is the prolific author and writer that we know today. Same goes for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sam Walton and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Having a good night’s sleep is great advice, but if you want to be successful hold off on that for now. You need to work hard and do more while you still can. Take advantage of your youth, because it will soon be gone.