Step 3: Rebuild Strategically
Now the fun begins. You've eradicated the stuff that doesn't serve you, and you've identified what you have that you love and what you desire for your future. You know what you want.
All those healing modalities you were using before can finally take hold now that you've rooted out your biggest causes of stress. Try meditation and acupuncture again. Diffuse those oils. Take a warm bath. Try a mood-tracking app to see how you're feeling each day and what contributes to it. Write down a list of things that make you happy and things you know will make you even happier . . . and then do those things. Add them in slowly and strategically, like an iPhone factory reset, but for your life.
I knew I wanted a puppy, so I finally made that happen. I knew I wanted to walk barefoot on the beach every morning with a coffee or tea in my hand, so I built that into my days. I slotted in time to exercise, read, and listen to music, along with a slew of other joy-inducing activities and habits. I committed to spending more time with my friends and family.
Everyone's journey to happiness will be different. Your stresses are different from my stresses. What makes you happy may be different from what makes me happy. But I promise you, if you're drowning in stress and suffering physically and mentally, there is hope. You're not helpless. The key to happiness is inside you — you just need the clarity to get it.