FOMO! ... Exhaustion ... Struggle ... Overwhelm ... Stress ... and the list goes on.
Let's face it: most of us live our lives with one or more of these feelings appearing with increasing regularity.
We live like this because we've been socially conditioned that our lives can't be easy. We're taught long standing, socially acceptable behaviours. We're taught that we have to work hard to get ahead. Essentially, although the words aren't actually used, we're taught that change should be feared more than death.
What happens when we're more afraid of change than we are of death? We end up with complex, stressed lives that lead us straight down the path to illness, depression and exhaustion. We become stuck in our own lives and we find ourselves locked in a battle between desperately wishing for something different and being resigned to the outcome that our lives will be like this forever.
Hmmmm ... does this feel familiar?
Don't stress! The first thing to understand is that you're not alone. A high percentage of the Western population live their lives in exactly the same way you are currently living yours. You've jumped on the drive and migration to success ... just like everyone around you.
The second thing to understand is that you can change the direction of your life. For sure, it can feel daunting to step forward and make a change ... but only because we've been taught that change is hard and traumatic. It doesn't have to be this way. When we challenge the way we think, react and feel about change, we can implement it in our lives with ease.
So where do you start?
Here are three simple things that can help you move forward when you feel like your life is stuck:
- Make a list of all the things you're doing and then ask yourself whether you enjoy doing them. If the answer is 'no' then write down how you will remove that item from your life.
- What are the things you love doing? How can you make sure that there is at least one thing every day - no matter how big or small - that you love doing and is just for you? Write those down too.
- Spend 5 minutes at the end of every day thinking about the things you did really well that day. Don't be shy; you're acknowledging this to yourself, and no one else has to see them. Write them down and read them before going to sleep.
Why are these steps important?
We can often find ourselves in a state of overwhelm. We feel pressure from all around us to perform and succeed ... and everyone else's opinions can weigh heavily on us. It can leave us feeling drained and as though we can never meet the expectations of the world.
When we get caught up in this demanding cycle, we find ourselves giving everything we have to everyone else ... and it often means we lose sight of ourselves along the way.
The steps above are important to ensure that we keep sight of the things that are important to us. These are the things that bring joy and happiness, love and light into our lives. Without these things our world becomes grey with very little colour or enjoyment.
We're taught that we should accept the 'grey life' ... because 'one day' we will retire and only then should we be able to relax. But why? I believe it's time we challenge this - be your own devil's advocate. Why should you wait for permission to enjoy your life?
It's perfectly acceptable to make up your own rules now that you're an adult. Let's face it: your life is stuck because you're playing by everyone else's rules, and if you're stuck that's a pretty clear indication that it's not working for you.
Step up and control your own life. Take back the right to make your own choices. Turn your back on exhaustion and overwhelm. Be happy now and watch your life flow.
Want more info? There are loads of tips and tricks on living and thinking differently in my book 'Keep It Super Simple' - you can buy a copy from www.sheiqlife.com/shop.
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Bronwen Sciortino is a global thought leader who empowers simple connection, and is the author of Keep It Super Simple - Tips from a Recovering Perfectionist. Join the conversation by subscribing to the tribe at: www.sheiqlife.com, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.