by Tony Gjokaj July 13, 2022 2 min read

From my teens to my early 20s, I wasn’t good at handling stress.

I was very comfortable in my life because I chose to avoid any minor inconveniences.

If a specific sport or task was too difficult, I wouldn’t try or would just quit.

For school, I chose to just get by with a passing grade.

I was also an easy target to others as a pushover.

I didn’t stand up for myself.

Directionless, aimless, overweight, depressed, and suicidal.

All these things were a result of me not trying.

Of me choosing to embrace comfort.

And too much comfort was killing me mentally and existentially.

Because I didn’t try, when I encountered any stress, any adversity, I would run from it.

This limited my mental grit, my strength, and my overall growth.

I’ve been picking up those pieces for the past 10 years.

I still got that voice telling me I should choose comfort.

Always.

But every time I choose a little bit of discomfort, I get better.

Stronger.

Bolder.

I feel more fulfilled.

Having powerful stress management and recovery systems that enhance our mood & well-being are paramount to our success in every avenue of our lives.

Some of my Mood Lifters have their own routines with physical exercise, having a proper sleep schedule, eating nutritious foods, and spending time in nature.

But how can we use this to develop a strong threshold for stress?

We spoke about some of this in-depth in our latest Mood Lifters episode.

You can listen to our latest podcast episode here.

If you have any questions about stress and recovery, feel free to reply to this email with your questions.

In the meantime, I am working on a guide that will help you guys with this.

As David Goggins says: STAY HARD!

Until next time, Mood Lifter!

Tony Gjokaj
Tony Gjokaj

Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.



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