… but it won’t work unless you do this first!
Since the beginning of time, humans have been obsessed with an ideal of being ‘better’ than they currently are.
Whether it’s through trying to improve your body or your mind, you actively participate in this obsession any time you try to do anything to ‘better’ yourself, be a ‘better’ person or be the ‘best’ version of yourself.
Gone is the low and slow method of adding things to your life. Modern day demands now pair this obsession with a need to have everything immediately, so bio-hacking – which gives you a system to ‘hack’ your body and your mind to achieve certain goals – is rapidly rising in popularity.
You’re under constant pressure from every corner of your life, and even though it’s built over time, it seems like your life is suddenly out of control and you’re left spinning, trying to find something to grasp hold of so you can gain back some stability.
Often the first solution you find is in information about mindfulness. But with so many people trying to tell you something in this space, the information has become confused and it can be hard to work out what you are ‘supposed’ to be doing to be more mindful.
You’re life is still out of control, and you’re more stressed than before which means you now need to be more resilient. So you start researching what you need to do, and you read about all the things that you have to do differently so you can better weather the storm of life. But your stress is still out of control – and growing – and becoming more resilient simply becomes another thing that hasn’t worked for you.
With mindfulness and resilience being pushed aside as ineffective, you now have a need for a new saviour. Enter ‘bio-hacking’.
The bio-hacking movement promises that you can use nutrition and/or physical movement to take control of your human biology and optimise your health. It tells you that if you eat and/or exercise in a particular way, you can flip the ageing process, become stronger, heighten your intelligence, use parts of your brain you didn’t know existed, be leaner and healthier than ever before – and in record time.
Just like mindfulness and resilience, bio-hacking may well work in some situations. But it’s likely that it wasn’t the first thing that the person who created the systems and processes behind these movements did, and it’s almost certain that it was created through trial and error.
It’s the trial and error that creates the perfect system.
What all of these movements fail to address is that you are a unique individual, and therefore the answers to YOU living differently, getting your stress under control and transcending your health and wellbeing can only be found by YOU.
You are a unique individual, and unless you know who you are there is no mindfulness, resilience or bio-hacking system out there that can give you what you need.
So before you step into the next great movement that comes along, take some time to rediscover who you really are. Knowing who you are will help you to pick and choose from the information out there so you can create the steps that are right for you. Nothing anyone else gives you will be a perfect solution made just for you.
Give yourself the attention you deserve and trust YOUR instincts about what YOU need – it’s the quickest way to creating the rewarding and healthy life you’ve been craving for too long.
International Author & Simplicity Expert
This article was first published on Thrive Global on 4th November 2019. You can read the article by clicking here.