Better Than Drugs

I’ve never taken ecstasy in my life (that’s the Lord’s truth, Ma). Just about anyone who has will tell you it’s the best feeling in the world. Don’t listen, kids. I’m not willing to test their theory mainly because I totally reject the idea of chemical recreational drugs, especially ones that melt my brain. But also because you can reach a balance of serotonin and endorphins that will leave you wanting for nothing more. Strictly. Legs. Sunday. Even being self employed, I get a bit of the end of the weekend blues that set in between 3 and 5pm on Sunday. Gym time. For an hour to an hour and a half I lift as much as my scrawny legs will let me. I try to minimize my break time so that it’s a cardio challenge also. After that, it’s sauna time for a deep stretch (deep for me anyway). But the comfort doesn’t really peak until right after I get out of the shower. Bonisimo. The rest of my evening is spent, eating a gigantic meal of comfort foods, lying on my parent’s couch watching my weekly dose of tube, and going to church if I haven’t already. That’s my zen. Alcohol, caffeine, or (legal) Ritalin never make me feel as good. I love snack attacking chicken finger subs, White Castle sliders, double fudge Keebler Elf cookies, Coca-Cola, and anything bathed in butter and cheese. Some times all at once. But it never makes me feel as good as when I eat grilled chicken with broccoli and cauliflower and zucchini and green beans and drink a ton of water. An hour of martial arts or a dozen hill sprints with calisthenics will make you feel better about life. I promise. If you’re like me, your mind is a BQE traffic jam most of the day. Physically exhaust yourself through exercise, eat raw vegetables, get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, and call me in the morning. It is my non-expert, personal opinion that physical health is paramount for emotional well-being and mental clarity. What do you do when you feel like crap? What wellness method makes you feel better than ever?

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