Only You Can Change Your Life

Only You Can Change Your Life

“Your Attention Please: No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.” - Anonymous

What can you do right now to change your life? This chapter will get you started.

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Limit Screen Time and Social Media

Limit Screen Time and Social Media

It is time to take stock of what screen time is actually costing you, not just in terms of time, but also sanity.

Advertisements work. Social conditioning (judging yourself against your perceptions of others) impacts your mental health. The 24/7 news cycle is depressing.

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Meditate

Meditate

Daily meditation will help you to reduce the severity and duration of distressing thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-frames by getting you out of your head and into the present moment.

It will give you some space between you and your mental phenomena, allowing you to observe what is happening without falling into it completely.

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Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

 Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

You can’t be as good a parent, sibling, friend, employee, boss, or anything else if you are emotionally drained, compromised, or suffering from a mental affliction.

The better you are, the better you can help others.

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Weekends Don't Exist

Weekends Don't Exist

Weekends don’t exist, at least not for those who want to make a change in the world or for those with a dream.

If you have a passion project, a business that you are building up, or a dream that you want to follow, you need all the time you can possibly get your hands on.

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Express Yourself Daily

Express Yourself Daily

It wasn’t until I tried writing that I saw major improvements as a direct result of treatment.

Unlike talking therapy, I found that I could express myself far more freely onto a blank page. When I sat down to write, I didn’t have to worry about what the page thought of me. It can’t judge. I could ramble, reiterate and back track without concern for transmitting understanding to someone else.

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Hoarder

Hoarder

“I realised just how bad Dad's living conditions were about a year after his death. I was talking to a cousin of mine who had recently become a police officer. It’s not often that you get a chance to have a firsthand glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the society you live in ...

‘Hoarder’ is a chapter from my first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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Become Present State Aware

Become Present State Aware

The first time I had a panic attack, I thought I was going to die.

There was no exact triggering moment, just a quick, overwhelming onslaught of symptoms. Tight chest, sweating, heart palpations, racing thoughts, and a feeling of impending doom…

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What My One Year Old Son Taught Me About Making Friends

What My One Year Old Son Taught Me About Making Friends

I am happy to say that I am learning social skills from my 1.5 year old. His unabashed confidence and ability to just make friends has blown me away.

True, I don’t approach strangers and show them my toy train collection, or teach them how to go “Sh sh sh”, but I am starting to use some of the methods of connection that my son is naturally demonstrating …

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A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

“I always knew that my dad was an addict, but it took me a while to truly understand the difference between my dad and my friends’ dads. However, as I moved from primary school into high school, the differences became more and more apparent …”

A Day In The Life is a chapter from my first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

What you eat directly impacts your metal state. Put simply, the better you eat, the better you will feel.

I spend a lot of my time researching and experimenting to find what works to best guard my mental state. I want to do everything I can to ensure that my mood is stable and that my mental health is improving over time …

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Why I Stopped Watching Porn

Why I Stopped Watching Porn

“I don’t watch porn, that shit rots your brain.”

These words were casually said to me by a friend of mine. We were discussing different ways that we ‘Guard Our Mental State’. Basically talking about mental health and the things that we do to ensure that we stay in a stable place …

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What Happens When You Say ‘Me Too’

What Happens When You Say ‘Me Too’

As a young child, I was sexually assaulted. As a grown man, I openly talk about it.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first decided to share my story with the world. Talking about sexual assault is widely considered a taboo subject. There is a tremendous amount of stigma, harsh judgement and disinformation …

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The Night My Dad Died

The Night My Dad Died

On the night of my father’s death, I actually had plans to visit him. If these plans were not changed, I may have been the one to discover his passing and in doing so, prevent his neighbour from breaking in and robbing his lifeless corpse ...

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What I Learnt Grappling for 24 Hours Straight

What I Learnt Grappling for 24 Hours Straight

Completing 24 hours of continuous BJJ was a challenging experience. I learnt a lot, both about myself as a person, as well as about the art of BJJ.

This post will outline these lessons, as well as highlight the aspects of the mindset, nutrition and recovery needed to attempt a 24 hour exercise session.

Completing the 24hr-Grapple-A-Thon was one of my life goals, something that I have been dreaming of doing since I first started martial arts at 6 years old.

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Books By Zachary Phillips

Books By Zachary Phillips

A collection of Zachary's books and short story anthologies

Out Now:
- Upgrade (sci-fi/dystpic)
- Under The Influence Reclaiming My Childhood (autobiography)

Coming Soon:
- How To Get Your Sh!t Together (self-help)

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Who Let The Bum In?

Who Let The Bum In?

"By the end of year seven, I was starting to realise just how different my father was from those of my friends ... I only remember him working here and there, helping his friends with basic labouring or graphic design work. That, and the drug dealing."

Who Let The Bum In? Is a chapter from my first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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