What to Do If You Are in Need a Change in Lifestyle
Every once in a while, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut. We may realize that our current lifestyle is unhealthy, that we’ve developed bad habits, that we’ve stopped taking care of ourselves, or that we just don’t like the way things are going in our lives. And we may realize that we want to do something about it.
These moments of realization present an optimal time to reset our current behavior and make some changes for the better. Here are some suggestions for what to do if you need a change in lifestyle.
Take a timeout
Life is busy. And between work, home life, trying to find time to hang out with friends and family, and all the other demands of our day-to-day routine, our lives can easily become an endless cycle of rushing around to meet others’ needs, and neglecting our own.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed continuously, stressed, or even at the end of your rope, it’s okay to take a timeout. Take a “mental health day” and free yourself from your daily responsibilities, whatever they may be. Make a list of five to ten activities that you really enjoy, and then go do at least three of those things. Reconnect with what makes you happy. Remember, the work will always be there when you get back.
Hit reset on your health
If you’re feeling a need of a change in lifestyle due to poor health and fitness habits, make a change by hitting “reset” in a big way. Consider going on a yoga retreat, or some other kind of health-focused trip to hit “reset” on your current health and wellness habits. You could also join a new gym, try a new workout program, or begin some type of fitness challenge. Challenges are especially great for refocusing on your health because they add an element of accountability that helps keep you on track.
Plus, by recommitting to health and fitness in your life, you’ll experience a host of other positive side effects as well. Not only will starting a workout regimen help you lose weight, increase your energy and combat health issues and illness, but it will also improve your mood and help you feel better about yourself. Hitting “reset” on your health won’t only change your body; it will change your mind too!
Re-engage with friends and family
Often times, when we feel overwhelmed, sad, angry, or listless, those feelings are side-effect feelings from one common root emotion: loneliness. Human beings are inherently social creatures, and we crave community to feel included, appreciated and loved.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a “motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs,” the five human needs are physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization.
When we neglect the fundamental need of “belonging,” we feel isolated and unsatisfied psychologically. If you’re in need of a change of lifestyle due to feelings of loneliness, a secure place to start is just by picking up the phone and calling a friend or family member. Creating a connection is easier than you think.
Seek professional help
If you’ve tried the above recommendations without success, if you’re struggling with drug or alcohol misuse, or if you’re generally feeling unprepared, overwhelmed, or scared to tackle a serious lifestyle change on your own, it’s always a good idea to seek treatment.
There are so many personalized options out there for therapy and counseling – and they are services that anyone can benefit from using. Even if you’re just starting to realize that you may need to make some lifestyle changes, consider setting up a session with a therapist. At the end of the day, we can all use someone to talk to, and a therapist can provide that comfort with the bonus of a professional touch.
If you feel that you need a change in lifestyle, you should feel proud of yourself for recognizing a need for growth and comforted by the fact that you have so many paths available to take to help you make the change you’re looking for. Look within yourself to examine the lifestyle change you’re being called towards, and pursue it wholeheartedly.