It’s not the end of the world to get stuck in a rut every now and again; it happens to everyone at one point in their live or another. However, that doesn’t mean you should settle for a less than stellar life, especially if you’re unhappy. While what you do after you’ve recognised a change needs to happy is tricky, having a pinch of self-awareness can help us identify the problems pretty early on – and stopping the problems from having a detrimental effect on our health. From there, it’s about having the courage to take positive action to put ourselves in a better situation. If you can relate to any of the issues outlined below, it might be time to make a change.
Workplace troubles often come from one of three sources: feeling uninspired, feeling stressed, or troubles with our colleagues. None of these are nice to deal with, and unfortunately all can have an impact on our health, especially stress. If we’re under too much pressure, we’re putting ourselves at risk of feeling mentally drained and fatigued, having higher blood pressure, and gaining weight. It can be difficult to spring ourselves from the security of a salaried position, but ultimately our health – and happiness – is much more important than a steady paycheck. Review your financial position and see if there are any other careers that might give you more joy and a better work/life balance.
A relationship that isn’t working as well as it once did is a terrible thing to live through. If we were rational beings, we would remove ourselves from toxic relationships as early as we can. Alas, we’re not, and we usually stay much longer than is logical. Unfortunately, by staying we’re putting our health at risk in a number of ways. Consistent, intense arguments can lead to physical abuse, which can cause immediate pain and then long term stress, especially if a domestic violence attorney is required. Even in the absence of violence, people in bad relationships are more likely to gain weight, sleep troubles, depression, and anxiety. If these feelings are becoming the norm, then it’s time to suck it up and move on.
On the face of it, everything can be fine. You can be in a happy relationship, have a nice home, a well paying job, and yet…things don’t seem quite as right as they should. It’s hard to pin down because it could be anything – and the only thing that can solve it as a change of scene. If you’re feeling uninspired and out of sorts, then it’s important you take action as soon as possible, because otherwise you might be liable to lapse into depression or alcohol abuse. Both of these would exacerbate the general feeling of hopelessness and can also cause long term health problems if they go untreated.
Ultimately, you need to take control of your life, and have the courage to make a change. When you’re in a healthy space again, you’ll know you made the right decision.