The pandemic has forced some people to re-evaluate not only their life but their livelihoods, and values as well. Would you like to change careers or just make a major adjustment in your life? Read on for tips on how to ease into making major changes and how to recognize signs to start now.
How Important Is It?
According to James Clear, major changes in life are determined by your attitude and the importance placed on the change. For some people having a child or changing jobs is a huge decision. While others don’t put as much importance on those factors in life. It really depends on you, your partner, and your unique circumstances.
How that change will affect you and your family is also another overriding factor influencing the decision to make a change. A child in the family is not only a time and energy commitment but it’s also very expensive. You’ll need a safe home, financial security, and a means to raise the child. All these factors when examined might scare some would-be parents. For others, having a new baby is more of an emotional decision.
When is the Right Time
How do you know if change needs to happen in your life? There are a few red flags to look out for especially when others are affected in your circle. Is your mental and physical health in decline, due to work life balance? Do you feel “stuck” with no place to go? Are you picking up detrimental habits that are damaging your health? Excessive alcohol use, overeating, or overspending are a few habits that come to mind.
If you answer “Yes,” to one of these questions, it might be time to re-evaluate what’s causing the negative patterns. Normally, if a two-week, relaxing vacation or change of scenery does not help, a major shift needs to occur.
How to Start
Start off by acknowledging your feelings, good and bad. Talk with your partner, parent, or a trusted person to discuss your situation. Break down what’s happening in more manageable objectives. Always remain positive, even if the situation looks bleak. Staying calm, working on a solution, and having a goal starts the process. Working towards the solution and outcome will gradually help you feel more in control and better about the situation.
But understand, major changes take time and energy to work through the entire process. Sometimes just acknowledging you need “something” different is enough for some folks to feel better. Hope this finds you well!
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