“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw
Often times, we find ourselves at a breaking point, feeling stuck in our daily lives. Our routines seem too predictable, too convenient, and less important. But, those routines make us who we are. People depend on our daily routines in order to complete their own. Whether you are an overworked executive, a stay-at-home mom, or school educator, what you do each day matters.
Don’t allow self-doubt or negativity to creep inside what works for you and make you second guess every decision you make, the decisions you have made for more days than you can count. Know that you are not the only one. We all get stuck at some point, but the question is, what are we going to do about it? No one should stay stuck. Life wasn’t designed that way. The world keeps on turning and so should we.
Usually, feeling stuck leads to overkill, burnout, insecurities, and stress. Never allow your life to create such anxiety. This can lead to health issues you don’t need. Change things up a bit. Switch up your routine. Instead of drinking coffee each morning to start your day, drink tea or orange juice. Take a different route to work. Let the kids help fix their lunches. Dress up a pair of your favorite jeans with a blazer and wear it to work. You’re still accomplishing the same things, just in a different way.
And when you need others things to incorporate into your daily routine, try these:
Show everyone in your life how important having you around is. Even if you need to step back from a few of your daily responsibilities to prove a point, sometimes it’s a sacrifice we all have to make so we don’t feel inadequate. Once they realize how valuable you are, change will commence. The spouse who thinks you always have it together will take on more tasks around the house. The boss you never tell “no” to will reward you as a form of appreciation. The kids will pick up after themselves. And in turn, you get some me time.
Time for Something New…
Do something new! Plain and simple, try something you normally couldn’t. Take that painting class you have been putting off for years. Start that book club. Join a gym. Take that Zumba class, salsa lessons, or anything else you have secretly desired to do and felt selfish for thinking about. Create enjoyment in your life. Being fulfilled leisurely, will make the stuff that matters most, so much better, why not try it?
Make sure to get a good night’s rest. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your brain sharp and your body working the why it should be. Listen to music to stimulate your mind. Dance around the house in your underwear. Find a quite spot and put your feet up. I sometimes take a blanket outside to my backyard and lie there looking up at the sky. This is very relaxing for me. If you live close to a beach or lake, go there. Spend the day doing absolutely nothing, except enjoying yourself and the tranquil waters surrounding you. When you feel stressed or worked up, stop! Take a deep breath and just relax.
Have No Regrets…
Live with no regrets. Life is so much better when we are happy with the choices we make or have made over the course of our lives. Living in regret gives flight to resentment, which leads to bitterness. Don’t give anyone that much power over you, not even yourself. In my opinion, there are no bad decisions, just lessons needed to be taught and learned to make us better people. Every decision I have ever made, impulsive or not, made me who I am today. I am a better friend, parent, spouse, and person. There are some things I would go back in time to avoid or re-access, but there is absolutely nothing I would change because I live with no regrets. Take it or leave it…I am who I am!
And that’s all folks…
“IF YOU ALWAYS PUT LIMITS ON EVERYTHING YOU DO, PHYSICAL OR ANYTHING ELSE, IT WILL SPREAD INTO YOUR WORK AND INTO YOUR LIFE. THERE ARE NO LIMITS. THERE ARE ONLY PLATEAUS, AND YOU MUST NOT STAY THERE, YOU MUST GO BEYOND THEM.
I hope these things are helpful. Here is a link to an article that also deals with what to do when you feel stuck.
Until next time: Be inspired, Be encouraged & Be YOU!!!