How to Cope With a Lifestyle Change

You're not alone in the fight for self-improvement

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You’ve probably realized by now that your life can take an expected turn for the worse. Sometimes in these instances, we feel alone because not many people take notice. You’re the only one who can see the uphill battles that are ahead.

I don’t have to remind you how tough life can be but I can tell you that it’s something that you should accept.

Do you ever think about what your life would be like if it were easy?

If everything were to go your way?

Here’s what you need to know, your life is unique in its own way. Nobody else will be able to appreciate the special moments that it does have to offer but you.

Sometimes you’re going to need a lifestyle change, who can blame you? It’s not bad to want to change your life for the better. Just know that this transition to a new lifestyle can have a rough start. To scare you a little bit more, life will force you to make a lifestyle change at times.

Look at what’s going on right now, almost everyone has had to adapt to a new way of living. Not because they wanted to but because they had to. You may be included in this group, can you remember how the first few months were when the pandemic hit the mainstream?

Everyone was stressed and scared, nobody knew what to do. Eventually, everyone has learned to adapt to the new normal, or at least some of us have. People are still having a hard time with the transition and that’s completely understandable and no one knows what they have to go through.

Having any transition in life can be rough at first but there are things you can do along the way to not make it as brutal as you may have thought it could be.

Look At Your Life From a Bird’s Eye View

It’s hard to be optimistic but you can do it with enough realization about the good things that are going on in your life. One technique that you can use when you may feel like your life is going too fast is looking at yourself from a bird’s eye view.

Don’t think too much about how you should do this, just imagine that you’re a bird looking down at yourself from the sky.

One of the first things you may notice is that you’re still alive. It’s hard to admit but we all feel dead inside sometimes, it’s good to remind yourself that you’re still alive and breathing.

Something else that you may notice from this point of view is the environment around you. You’re blessed to have the opportunity to read different blog posts and have the option to look around at people, places, and things.

If we take the time to simplify everything that’s going on in our life then we will start making wiser choices and be more appreciative of the knowledge that we’ve obtained over time.

Now that you have taken time to look at the things that are going good in your life it’s time to address the things that are bothering you. These can be problems that you have with yourself or with other people.

The relationships that you have with other people can be very crucial when it comes to a lifestyle change. Addressing things like this can be done by journaling. This is a concept that many people have heard of but have never tried.

It’s actually quite simple, you don’t have to have an actual journal to do this all you need is something to write with and a piece of paper. Start by writing out how you’ve been feeling recently and why you think you feel that way.

Next, go a little deeper and try to think of some solutions or steps you can take to solve those problems.

This is one of the healthier options when it comes to adopting lifestyle change.

Make Room For Some Alone Time On Your Schedule

While you’re going through a transition like this it’s important to take some alone time. You need time to recharge and rest your mind and body. During this alone time, you should be reflecting on your life up until this point.

Reflection can be good and bad at times, it causes you to think of some embarrassing moments and tragic ones as well. This is something that you should think about doing at least a few times a month.

Your life is moving so fast that you may feel like you don’t have time to reflect but you do and you always will. When you were a child, you had some of the greatest moments of your life but at the time it was happening, you couldn’t think of how you would feel in the next ten years or so.

Reflection is good for the soul and it helps you learn from your mistakes as well. We all have those moments that we think about that could’ve potentially “changed” our lives for the better.

It’s important that we don't dwell on thoughts like this because they will lead you into depression. They’ll lead you into anxiety and they will prevent you from making your dreams into a reality.

No matter what age you are, you still have goals and dreams that you want to accomplish. These targets wouldn't have become these powerful ideas without reflection.

Use the time that you have alone to work on yourself. Work on things like your mindset towards the world and even your physical fitness. The more you work on yourself the more confidence you will have in yourself as well.

Lastly, appreciate the silence that you’re able to experience from time to time. Your busy life doesn’t allow you to really enjoy the silence as much as you would like so try to force yourself to notice it. If you catch yourself in an empty breakroom while at work, take a deep breath and enjoy the present moment.

Make New Friends During Your Lifestyle Change

Whether you’ve had to relocate for a new job opportunity or for education, it can feel like you’re alone a lot of the time. Making new friends is possible and is something that will come naturally with time and a bit of effort.

There will be people that you meet who are also going through a lifestyle change.

An easy way to build a friendly relationship with somebody new is to see how your situations are similar. During my first year of college, I was able to meet people in my classes that were also away from home for the first time and that allowed us to bond.

This may sound pretty easy but there’s somebody out there for you, as a matter of fact, there is more than one person who could relate to you and your life right now. You don’t have to go out and find them but be open to everyone you meet during this lifestyle change, you may come across a potential business opportunity as well.

Once you’ve figured out how your situations are similar, offer to help that person with their adjustment process. Be there for them just like you need somebody to be there for you. Spending time helping this person is actually helping you adapt faster to the new lifestyle you’re living.

Your new life is filled with obstacles and hardships but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer when taking on those challenges. The world is changing every day, your job isn’t to stop that from happening but to adjust as fast as possible. I’ll leave you with a Spanish proverb that says

“A wise man changes his mind but a fool never will.”

A young adult who’s writing is geared towards self-improvement and self care. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

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