Don’t Let the Desire to Become Superhuman Interfere With Self-Optimization
Becoming the superhuman version of yourself through diet, exercise, biohacking, gaining knowledge, etc. and achieving self-optimization is an exciting goal. In the beginning of your journey towards self-optimization, it can be tempting to want to make a lot of changes regarding your health, fitness, and lifestyle habits at once and to try and do more, so that you will start to see results faster, but this is possibly the fastest way to become overwhelmed. .
How do you become superhuman and reach self-optimization really? You definitely do not become one by overworking or pushing yourself too hard and ultimately burning yourself out.
While trying to become the ultimate you, it is important to also take care of your mental health and to allow yourself the time to rest and recover, so that you can perform optimally and perform like a superhuman when you do work or workout.
You can be too driven and too focused on changing your health, but doing so can actually damage your health in the end. Trying too hard to become a healthy superhuman could be what will actually end up damaging your health, mainly because of excess stress and anxiety. There is no nice way to say this, but cortisol (the main stress hormone) is a bitch.
If you try and do everything perfectly, you could make yourself stress more, and end up slowing down the process and your progress. You can push hard for two weeks, but then burn out and end up taking a week to rest, because you just do not have the energy.
Some of the side effects of elevated cortisol include:
Speeding up the ageing process by breaking down collagen;
Damaging the immune system, and making you more likely to become sick;
Triggering the production of insulin, which can cause fat gain and increase the risk of diabetes;
Mood fluctuations (especially feeling anxious, low, or easily irritated);
High blood pressure; and
Causing the production of more testosterone in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Here are a few tips on how you can still become the superhuman version of you, and improve your mental and physical performance, and achieve self-optimization without damaging your health or sacrificing your mental sanity:
Limit Your Consumption of Caffeine Sources
If you can handle having a few cups of coffee a day without becoming anxious, that is fine, but if you have too much, it can make you become jittery or anxious. When you feel anxious, you will not exactly feel like a superhuman or perform like one.
Caffeine can help enhance both mental and physical performance, and three cups of coffee a day should give you enough to get the benefits (that is if you can tolerate caffeine). Some people, like me, are too sensitive to caffeine, and have to cut it out almost entirely. The only caffeine I consume is what is found in my daily chocolate treat that I make with cacao.
Breathe Your Way to Becoming a Superhuman
If you start to feel overwhelmed by your work or all of the goals that you have set for yourself, try to do some breathing exercises. They will help you calm down and stay focused. This will help reduce overwhelm.
You can start by just breathing in through your nose for a few counts and out for a few. Do this for a few minutes and see how you feel. To start with, you can put on your favourite song and breathe deeply for the duration.
Meditate Your Way to Self-Optimization
This takes the whole breathing thing to the next level. By meditating, you can reduce anxiety, stay focused and calm on your superhuman and self-optimization journey, and reap the benefits that it has for your health and brain. These include reducing cortisol levels, which will aid fat loss and reduce brain fog, as well as slowing down ageing.
Just meditating for ten minutes a day is enough for you to start experiencing the benefits of meditation for self-optimization.
Simplify Your Life to Reduce Overwhelm. Do the Vital Things
Do not try to make too many changes to your diet and lifestyle at once. Becoming superhuman and self-optimization takes time, and if you try to do too many things at once, it can become overwhelming, and you will be more likely to want to give it up.
Rather pick the three most important things that you can do for your health and that will help you move towards self-optimization.
Shorten Your To-Do-List to Become Superhuman
There is a popular saying that says that most people overestimate the amount that they can do within a year (which applies to your health as well) and underestimate what they can accomplish in three. Give yourself more time to make the changes you want to and also more time to achieve each.
Like I said before, focus on three goals at once, and overall, try not to put too many things on your to-do-list. This includes work, social, and health goals.
Make Time for Fun, Family, and Friends
It is easy to get caught in the cycle of just working, training, biohacking, learning, and sleeping (all actions aimed at helping you become the ultimate you), but you also need to make time to do the fun things in life and to spend time with your friends and family.
Get a massage, have coffee with a friend, go dancing, see the outdoors, go on a trip, have sex, go to the movies, or spend five hours watching your favourite show. Make time for the things that bring you enjoyment. Make fun a priority.
This will help you be a more complete human being, which is basically self-optimization, and then when you do spend time on the things that you want to work on, you will be refreshed and can even see better results in the improvement of performance.
Having good relationships can also help you live longer, so making time with family and friends can actually be beneficial for your health and get you closer to self-optimization.