Like many people, your life will have busy and hectic periods of time; that’s completely normal, and part and parcel of what the days, weeks, and months can throw at you. However, it’s important to understand when your responsibilities and commitments are taking-over, and might just be beginning to affect your wellbeing and happiness. It can be easy to get stuck in a rut, and habitual behavior of pleasing other people all the time, and trying to keep-up with an ever-increasing schedule, will soon lead to you running on empty. The more drained you are, the at risk of stress and fatigue you’ll become; these can cause further problems ro your health and wellness. Therefore, it’s important to take a step back every now and again so that you can access each area of your life, and work towards taking back some control.
If you’re exhausted more often than not, and what you’re doing doesn’t bring you joy and happiness, the majority of the time, it’s time to make changes and improve how you go g about things. It might sound a little overwhelming; however, tackling each area at a time, and taking small, manageable steps, will allow you to grow and develop into a happier individual. You’ll have improved your lifestyle before you know it, and often, the small changes can result in a ripple effect; leading to major, positive impact. So, it’s time to grab a notebook, and begin to list the various parts of your life that you might be struggling with, and that you know need changing. You have the power to take charge, and this first step, will already give you a boost so that you can continue. The following are some ideas, advice, and inspiration for those who want to focus on their own self care, by taking charge of each element of their current lifestyle.
Your Job And Career
It’s no secret that most people will spend more time at work, with their colleagues, during the week, than they do with their friends and family. Therefore, it goes to show that your current job and career will be taking-up a huge part of your life, and is obviously going to impact it, one way or another. So, your job and work life, need to be something that fulfills you on the most part. It’s normal to have busy and tiring weeks, and even go through a little stress with your job every now and again. However, there is a difference between coming home tired after a week or so of extra work and stress, and your job draining you so that it spills over into your free time, and begins to affect your health and happiness. If you’ve been miserable in your place of work for a while, now is the time to explore your options. And, don’t worry; it’s never too late to make a change, or begin working towards a happier future in your work so that you can achieve better balance, and plenty of job satisfaction.
If you feel you’re ready for a new challenge and more responsibility in your job role, but are keen to stay in a similar field; it’s worth looking into how you can gain a promotion, or the qualifications needed to achieve one. There are ways to complete courses online, and more up the ladder in your career, while still working. So, don’t stop yourself looking into that PHD in education, or that healthcare management associates degree; trust that you have the skills and are savvy enough to carve yourself a new path and solidify your future. The boost you’ll get from looking into, or enrolling, in something new will push you towards the future you want and deserve. And, your self care journey will have begun, as you’re bound to feel the positive impact.
It might be the case that you’ve realised that your field of work just isn’t right for you at all. That’s okay, a lot of people work out that it’s their job that’s bringing them down. So, whether you’r ready to change lanes completely, or feel that you can do much better than the job you’re in; be confident in your decision to make a change, and commit to something new. As previously mentioned, there are an array of courses and qualifications available online. However, there are sometimes opportunities to learn and you train and work. Therefore, it might be worth discovering what it is you love the idea of, and figure out the logistics; you want your new career to be right for you, your abilities, and your lifestyle. Consider taking a pay decrease, with the knowledge that you’ll make it-up again, and will be far happier in your everyday. Never fear the changes, embrace them wholeheartedly.
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Your Health And Fitness
Your health will impact each and every area of your life, and how you’re feeling from day to day. Therefore, taking charge of it, is a crucial part of self care and wellness awareness. It’s all too easy to get swept-up in the rest of life and you’ll find that you feel too tired, or that you don’t have enough time, to focus on any sort of exercise. You don’t have to sign-up for a gym membership and start lifting weights any time soon (unless you want to). However, it’s always smart to figure out how you can make changes so that fitness is simply a part of your everyday routine, and you don’t even need to give it a second thought. Choosing to walk or cycle to and from places instead of driving, is a great way to get your blood pumping, breathe-in some fresh air, and give yourself plenty of headspace. Maybe it’s a case of getting off the bus or train a couple of stops early, and walking from there. You’ll sleep a lot better (another key element to health), and find that you actually gain more energy.
If your tired and rundown, your body is likely to be craving energy from your food. Therefore, you might want to reach for a candy bar, sugary drink, or some fast food to get a quick boost. However, these will only give you an energy burst for a short period of time, and before long, you’ll crash, and end-up feeling worse. So, it’s worth looking into the countless snacks and meals out there, which are delicious, and will give you the energy you need for longer. This will help improve your mood, and ensure that your motivation and momentum remain high so that you’re more inclined to do that walk that was mentioned beforehand. Nobody is telling you to give-up your treats all-together, but, it’s important not to reach for them every time you’re feeling low. Changing these little habits will have a major, positive impact on the rest of your life.
The best way to get healthy with fitness and food, is to ensure that they’re both an enjoyable part of your life. Doing activities with your loved ones, like bike rides, swimming, and enjoying your nearest park with the dog, are all excellent ways to add positivity to what you’re doing. Looking forward to doing these things will eliminate the “should” be doing, and replace it with “want to” be doing; this will make those changes a breeze. Getting the family together in the kitchen to cook from scratch, is another great way to make healthier choices regarding your meals. Perhaps a taco Tuesday is in order, or you need an excuse to fire-up the BBQ and create some delicious, fresh salads. Take a look online for some recipe ideas, and you’ll see that you never have to sacrifice flavor!
Your Friends, Family, And Acquaintances
Often, you’ll want to spend quality time with those you like and love the most. People that make you smile, and bring positive energy into your life, are easy and great company. However, you’ll always come across people and social situations that do you more harm than good. If a person, or a group of people are draining your energy, demanding too much of your time, or being unreasonable; it’s time to workout how to make changes and take charge of how you interact with them, if at all. Work colleagues and bosses can be tricky, as you’ll have to see them each day. However, you have plenty of rights as an employee, and there are ways to seek advice on how you can improve things in your workplace regarding the people there. Maybe it’s just that you dread after-work drinks; you’re not obliged to go, so, learning to say no so that you can focus on an evening of self care instead, is a great skill to grasp hold-of.
If you feel like you’ve grown apart from certain friends, or if there are family members who you feel are detrimental to your metal health; you might need to limit the time you give these people. Again, saying no is a powerful tool; however, if you’re keen to keep the relationship, but want it to be a healthier one, look into communicating your feelings to that individual. They may have no idea how they’ve made you feel, and, if there are positive changes made, you’ll have strengthened a worthwhile friendship or relationship. If things go awry, it might be time to let go completely. Taking control just means empowering yourself, which is the best form of self care.