This isn’t how you imagined your life would be. You feel like you’re slowly losing your grip on reality and everything is slipping away from you. There are so many demands you have to meet and you’re frantically racing to keep on top of everything.
If your life has become monotonous, chaotic or overwhelming to the point where you feel like you can’t go on, now is the time for a change. Now is the time to take back control of your life.
Cut ties with toxic friends
If someone isn’t contributing anything positive to your life, then what’s stopping you from cutting ties? It boils down to how this person makes you feel and whether it’s worth sacrificing your happiness for.
Sure, they may have been your friend for a long time but people can change for the worse sometimes. You may not even realize that your friendship has become negative in more ways than one.
Perhaps they take you for granted, only call when they need something, or completely disregard your feelings. Whatever the reason, you are better off without them in your life.
One unhappy friendship can impact the rest of our relationships, so it’s important to choose your friends carefully. Letting them go may be difficult, but it will set you on the right path to gaining control.
Your surroundings can play a huge role in your productivity and well-being. If your workspace is disorganized, you’ll find it hard to focus. And this hinders your progress of moving forward.
Start by getting rid of the things that you no longer need.
Old documents, empty bottles – anything that is occupying too much space for no good reason. When your surroundings are tidier, your mind will be able to focus on the important things. Make sure you are highly organized and know where everything is as this will help you relax.
Work on your decision-making process
Sometimes it’s a good being indecisive, as it means that you are really thinking about your actions and the consequences. There’s a time for impulsiveness but now is probably not the right time. If you’re trying to take control of your life, you need to start by carefully considering your decisions in the future.
A simple decision you make now can change everything for the worse or the better. So instead of acting on impulse or listening to what other people are telling you to do, listen to the voice inside your head.
Think about it from different angles and make the decision based on what you want. There’s nothing worse than being in a situation where you have to do something that you really don’t want to do because there’s no other choice. Don’t put yourself in that situation. Take control.
If you don’t exercise regularly, it’s very easy to lose control of your life. After all, if you can’t take at least 30 minutes out of your day to go for a brisk walk, how can you expect to maintain other aspects of your life?
Not to mention the impact this can have on your body. You’ll be out of shape, your energy levels will be low, and this will all greatly affect your Mental Health. A short walk in the morning can get your day off to a good start and hopefully help you maintain a positive attitude for the rest of the day.
If you are really busy and struggle to find 30 minutes a day, break it down into 2 or 3 segments. Even a 10 – 15 minute walk a day is enough to reap some of the benefits. A little bit of exercise is better than no exercise.
If it all seems a bit too much right now, start off with a 10-minute walk here and there, slowly building it up to 30 minutes a day at least. The physical and mental benefits will definitely be worth the time and effort.
Make time for yourself
It’s not selfish to crave some ‘me’ time, not at all. You’ve been working hard and you deserve some time out. If you don’t take a few minutes out of your day to do something for yourself, it’s not surprising that you feel like you’re losing control.
Don’t underestimate the simple things in life and the impact they can have on your well-being. A walk on the beach. Meeting a friend for coffee. People watching. Singing loudly to a song in the car. Reading a book in the bath after a long, tiring day. All of these things can make a huge difference.
Take the next steps
Don’t put off making big decisions or be too afraid to take a risk. It could work out in the end, but you’ll never know if you don’t at least try. Taking that first, the great step is necessary if you want to take control of your life.
Have the courage to talk to your boss about something that is troubling you. Apologize to that friend who really needs to hear you say it, even if you don’t think you’re the one responsible. Sometimes, words are enough. But your actions demonstrate it more than words ever could.
Take the initiative and put your ideas out there for other people to hear, as you never really know, it could lead you to bigger and better opportunities. Show the world what you are capable of. But most importantly, prove to yourself that you are capable of more than you thought.
Make healthier choices
Swapping that coffee for a glass of water is a simple and easy step you can take towards being healthier. Drinking enough water will keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day. Coffee may seem beneficial in the morning when you have to get up early, but too much coffee can worsen anxiety as well as headaches.
You should think carefully about the food you are putting into your body and whether there is a healthier option. Consume vegetables every day. Exercise regularly. It's also important to rest well. Working on little to no sleep is gradually going to impact your Mental Health.
If you work from home, don’t sacrifice sleep for working into the early hours of the morning. You’ll regret it in the morning when you’re struggling to keep your eyes open. Turn off your computer at least an hour before you go to bed to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
Drink warm milk, listen to music, do a few squats – whatever helps you sleep better at night. It’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
It doesn’t matter if you’re not exactly where you want to be in life, it’s about what you do right now. You wake up in the morning, you get up out of bed and you get through the day. That’s an achievement in itself. It’s time to start giving yourself more praise for the small things you accomplish every day.
Try to steer your thoughts away from negativity and focus on your goals instead. Each step you take is one step closer to having the life you dream of. It may be difficult, but if you persist you will get there.