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When lifestyle-changing becomes mandatory

Updated: Jun 21

Embracing Change: A Journey to Rediscover Joy and Find Fulfillment If you find yourself dissatisfied with your life, trapped in a monotonous routine, battling anxiety or depression, or feeling lost in your career or relationships, it's time to pause and reflect. Despite your efforts to improve, each day may feel uninspired, leaving you wondering what to do next. This article is the first one of a series of articles (Therapy: Abnormal Mental State Series) that is here to guide you on a transformative journey of understanding your struggles and taking solid steps toward change.

Often, major life events or traumas, such as health crises, accidents, loss of loved ones, or challenging experiences like unemployment and chronic illness, can trigger a desire for change. These moments force us to question our choices, reevaluate our preferences, and examine all aspects of our lives.

The signs that a lifestyle change is necessary may be right in front of you:

  • Lack of joy and wonder in your daily experiences.

  • Each day feels predictable, like living the same patterns over and over again (the "Groundhog Day" effect).

  • You have nothing to look forward to, and all choices seem unfulfilling.

  • Chronic stress has become the norm, making even simple tasks feel overwhelming.

  • Self-care, both physically and mentally, has taken a backseat.

  • Planning for change feels sarcastic and overwhelming.

  • Procrastination becomes a habit, hindering progress.

  • Disappointment permeates your life, and everyone and everything seem to let you down.

If you resonate with these signs, it's time to embrace change. However, change doesn't mean abruptly quitting your job or making impulsive decisions. Instead, take the time to reflect, journal your options, seek feedback from close friends, and schedule sessions with a therapist, coach, or counselor to explore your choices.

Remember, changing external circumstances, such as a new job or financial gain, won't guarantee happiness if you haven't worked on yourself. People often procrastinate their happiness, continuously pushing it to the future without fully living in the present moment.

"I'll start my new diet when I move to a new home." "I'll focus on fitness after finishing this workload." "I'll read when I have more time."

Living life as it is, experiencing its ups and downs, and avoiding the pursuit of happiness anchored to future milestones will ultimately lead to disappointment. Take a moment to envision yourself 30 years from now, reflecting on the choices you made. What if you could say, "Thank God I decided to change 30 years ago..."?

Exploring new possibilities and practicing mindfulness can lead to profound self-discovery. The more present and mindful you become, the better you understand your desires and aspirations. Knowing what you truly want is the first step towards change.

Once you've made the decision to change, it's crucial to focus on making slight daily progress in all aspects of your life. Gradually decrease elements that hinder your progress and incrementally increase activities that contribute to your growth. Avoid putting excessive pressure on yourself and embrace the power of consistent, incremental change.

Small, wise shifts in one's life can lead to significant improvements in self-actualization and the realization of one's full potential. These changes can be motivated by a range of philosophical ideas and values, psychological theories, and practical steps for a healthy lifestyle change. here is a FULL Series of articles about small steps that you can do to gradually improve your perspective and change your lifestyle. "Coaching: Lifestyle Change Series" which is separate from this series of articles we are in (Therapy: Abnormal Mental State Series) but can help in doing the small steps that will improve the rate of accepting and moving with the flow of this journey.

By implementing these life hacks, you'll witness wonder and joy slowly building up in your life. The journey to personal transformation and fulfillment is a continuous process, but with each step forward, you'll rediscover the joy and fulfillment you've been longing for.

Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey of self-discovery? Start by embracing change, practicing mindfulness, and making daily progress towards a more fulfilling life. The next article is Unraveling Stress: Exploring its Evolutionary Roots and Resilience-Building Pathways.

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