Signs You Need A Life Makeover
In today’s world, everyone is so focused on making over their outer appearance, that that same energy is not placed on making over your life from the inside out. Many of us could use a major life overhaul, but perhaps we don’t know where exactly to start because it all feels so overwhelming.
If you’re unsure if a life makeover could benefit you, you need to know what signs to look for to make the determination. From the subtle to the in-your-face, there are a variety of behavioral traits to let you know that your life needs a major update.
You’re In A Rut
It happens to the best of us. You’re going through the motions of life and you look up one day and realize that you are in a major rut. The daily grind and routine of life can easily turn into being stuck in an unfilled space in life where you’re simply existing.
One of the first things you should do to dig yourself out of the rut you’ve created is to gradually change things about your daily routine. Easing into change is a much more effective way than switching things up immediately, so go at your own pace.
You’re Not Being Challenged
We all need to be constantly stimulated mentally in order for us to feel as though we are fulfilling our purpose and accomplishing everything we set out to do. If you feel that your job/career is not challenging you and thus not bringing out your best, then it’s definitely time to reevaluate some things.
Speak up, not voicing your concerns is never going to get you the results you seek, so don’t be afraid to let your superiors know that you need responsibilities that challenge you on a regular basis.
You Have Increased Anxiety
Anxiety can rear its head in a variety of ways and at any given time. It can also be a way to let you know that something is missing from your life. Constantly feeling overwhelmed with anxiety is a struggle that can impact every aspect of your life, so you want to get control of it before it totally consumes you.
Sit down and make a list of what/who is causing you increased anxiety and find ways to deal with the issue and eliminate the stress and anxiety it’s causing you. If things are too intense for you to handle, speaking with a mental health professional could really help.
You’re Plagued With Insecurity
Regardless of who you are, we’ve all felt insecure at some point in our lives. It becomes a problem when it literally weighs you down so much that you never think you measure up to anyone or anything.
You have to get to the root of your insecurity and what has caused it to spiral out of control. It won’t happen overnight, but once you address why the insecurity is present then you can try to rid yourself of it the best way you can. You can start by making a list of everything you love about yourself and keeping it with you as a reminder.
You Put Yourself Last
Whether you’re a people-pleaser or you’ve gotten stuck in a routine of neglecting yourself in favor of others, placing yourself last on your list is one of the early indicators that you need to make some life changes.
You simply cannot continue to go through life and ignoring your own needs and wants, while everything/everyone else around you is thriving. Take a firm stance and schedule regular time weekly/monthly to concentrate solely on yourself. That’s the easy part, the hard part is sticking to it.
You’ve Acquired A Compulsive Behavior
When we’re unhappy we often turn to outside sources of comfort to make us feel better. This usually comes in the form of certain vices such as food, alcohol, smoking, sex or even shopping. These things can also quickly spiral to a compulsive behavior that’s hard to stop.
If you’ve noticed that you’re indulging in one or more of your vices and you’re doing it to mask your deeper issues, then it’s time to get it under control as soon as possible. The next time you find yourself reaching for food, liquor or your credit card in times of stress, put it down and ask yourself why.
You Know You Have More To Offer
You know the feeling you get when you know you could be doing more, but you’re not? That’s an early sign that something is amiss in your life and changes need to be made.
Reaching your full potential is something we all should strive for, so if you know that you can be better in your career, as a parent, as a wife or as a friend, do what you need to do to make it happen. Start putting forth your best effort in every aspect of your life and you’ll be surprised at the results.
You’re Alienating Yourself From Loved Ones
If things in your life are less than they should be, one of your first responses may be to pull back from the people in your life to avoid the influx of questions and concerns. Alienating yourself is natural in many cases, but the problem lies in not being able to get out of it.
You shouldn’t be distancing yourself from those around you for weeks, months and years at a time on a regular basis. Not only is it unhealthy, but your loved ones may begin to mimic your behavior and distance themselves from you too.
Your Energy Level Has Plummeted
Not having the energy to go through your daily routine when it wasn’t previously a problem, is a clear sign that a life reset is in order. Decreased energy is also an early sign of depression which is a very serious issue that you want to stop in its tracks before it starts.
Start to get your energy back up by changing your diet, finding an exercise routine that you enjoy and eliminating things in your life that are bringing you negativity. These small changes combined can get you back to feeling your best in no time.
You’re Constantly Depressed
We can’t stress enough just how serious depression is. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding it has been lowered significantly in recent years, so you shouldn’t hesitate to get some help if you’re suffering.
Speaking with a mental health professional is one of the most effective ways to deal with your depression, although if you don’t feel the need to go to a professional there are other ways to combat it. Whatever you decide, just make sure that your mental health and well-being is addressed so that your life can get back to a positive space.