Change is difficult at best, but it is one of the inevitable things in life. Some changes are forced upon us and we must respond accordingly, but others we choose to make a fulfilling life for ourselves. Though we often know we need a change, knowing what it should be or when to start can be tough to determine. This is because when we have a big change to make in life, it can be paralyzing. We may even worry that there is no way out of our current situation. This is when we need to do a self-inventory and see if the signs described below are there. If so, it is time to start working toward a major shift that will ultimately be for the better.
There will always be times when we feel trapped in our lives. You may be in a situation in which you feel you cannot untangle yourself or have decision paralysis. This is different from feeling perpetually stuck or imprisoned in your own life. When it feels this extreme, it is time to make a big change. This starts with small, concrete steps in a new direction. Taking any action is the first step, from cleaning out clutter to taking a new class.
Though feeling stuck is bad enough, being unhappy can be totally demoralizing. If you cannot remember the last time you felt light or laughed for no reason, then you are in need of a major change. Talk with someone you trust or a professional that can help you define what is causing the unhappiness and as a form of encouragement so you can get back on track.
Lack of Self-Care
You cannot be your best self if you fail to care for yourself. This applies to helping others as well. When you see that self-care has taken a turn for the worse, then you have given up on yourself. Try to remember the last time you did something just for you simply to care for yourself. If you can’t then it is time to make a change.
If you find that what you were once passionate about no longer makes you happy and nothing has replaced it, then it is time for a big change. Take a break from that activity and explore new options or simply relax a bit. Once a life change is made, it may ignite passion again or something new could take over.