Dan Ewing describes himself as a growth junkie, dedicated to any pursuit that pushes him to be the best person, father, partner he can be.
While his commitment to self-improvement and spirituality dictates most of his decisions these days, the 36-year-old admits that he is a completely different, and much happier, person than he was at 30.
"It's changed my life in such a big way," Dan tells TV WEEK.
Chatting to Dan over the phone from his home in Sydney, it's clear that he's incredibly passionate about what he's learnt. Now that he's studying to become a life coach during the Sydney lockdown, he's excited to share that knowledge with anyone who seeks it.
On SAS Australia, where the former Home and Away actor is currently being put through his paces, Dan has been seen with his eyes closed before a challenge, using his meditation and visualisation practice to calm his mind.
But, in the typical no-nonsense style we've come to love from the show, Dan's practices haven't been without ridicule from the directional staff on the show. But as he watches the experience back, he can completely understand where nay-sayers are coming from.
"Before I got into meditation, I honestly thought it was like hippies under a tree in Byron Bay," he laughs.
"It's been a huge game changer. I thought, if it's good enough for LeBron James, it's good enough for me."
Since leaving Home and Away in 2017, Dan excited audiences by coming back for a cameo role earlier this year, reprising his beloved character of River Boy Heath Braxton.
"I love that show – I'm so grateful for it," he says.
"I know a lot of actors can look backwards and turn their noses up at it. I can't stand those people. What they achieve on that show, they just don't get the credit they deserve."
Although he will never completely rule out coming back to the bay, for now, he's got his hands full with other projects.
"I don't want to be ducking off every six months to be doing another project so would I do another shorter stint? 100 per cent but I'm a stickler for narrative and storylines so it has to be a good fit."