Whatever you struggle with in your life, it can be hard to overcome whatever you are dealing with or get your life back on track, especially if you have dealt with these struggles in the past. Here are a few things that you can try to get yourself to where you want to be.
If you are trying to change a bad habit or get back to a good one, you aren’t going to change everything overnight. Trying to do everything at once is just going to overwhelm you, and it may make you feel like you can’t do it. Instead of trying to change everything, break down the process into baby steps. You’ve already realized that you need to make some changes, so identify the steps that will help you make those changes and start working on that.
Overcoming something you struggle with, whether it is an addiction, loneliness, or feeling inadequate, isn’t something you can do on your own. Humans work better with other people, so reach out to family and friends that you trust. They can hold you to your goals and help you stay strong. As Soberlink points out, fostering personal accountability is the best way to start making wise decisions, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you are trying to get rid of an addiction or bad habit, just quitting won’t be enough. You also need to find something to replace whatever you are getting rid of. Leaving that space just invites your bad habits to come back, because you won’t be doing anything. Instead, find something that you enjoy and focus on that whenever you are tempted to go back to your old habits.
When life goes downhill, it’s easy to start letting good habits fall by the wayside, and your body pays the price. Poor nutrition, not enough sleep, binging on alcohol, and lack of exercise takes a toll on your body that can prevent full recovery of your emotional health. Start implementing self-care practices like eating fruits and vegetables, going to bed earlier, and taking a walk every day. According to ASEA, even something as small as taking a daily multivitamin and getting some fresh air and sunshine can make a big difference.
When you are trying to improve yourself, you will slip up. You aren’t perfect, and it is going to take some time to change. The important thing is to keep trying, even after you slip up. It isn’t productive to beat yourself up about mistakes, especially if you have been making good progress. When the slip-ups come, forgive yourself and start over.
The process of improving yourself, leaving behind bad habits, and becoming who you want to be isn’t an easy one, but it is worth it. Use these suggestions to get yourself on the right path and don’t ever give up on yourself.