Looking back a year ago I am glad I started my journey of change. I was stuck in a vicious cycle, the problem was my life needed changing in so many ways I didn’t know where to begin. I was in a difficult relationship, a stressful job and my lifestyle was unhealthy and draining. I decided to quit my job. At first I found this decision extremely difficult because I felt like a failure. It was not a decision I took lightly as I enjoyed many aspects of the job but my stress levels were through the roof and I needed a break.
Over the summer I had time to reflect.
I could finally breathe a sigh of relief after quitting my job. A huge weight was lifted and I had taken the first step, so the next challenge was to work out what to do next. I wanted a more simple life to concentrate on my health so I signed up to an agency and began doing temp work. I ended my relationship, moved into shared accommodation and had some awesome times, met new people and began to look for new experiences.
Mind The Gap Journey
As the summer ended and my sombre mood returned, I was still dissatisfied with my job and my overall health. I lacked focus and needed some clarity. Then I remembered a launch evening event, for life coaching with Mind the Gap that I had attended in the spring. In September I attended a taster evening for Mind the Gap’s Signature Programme, I decided to delve deeper and signed up, embarking on a new journey with the Mind The gap coaches. After ten focussed sessions on different areas of life, I am continuing my journey to achieve my goals of leading a healthier, more holistic life.
After much reflection I realise that my life is the journey. Change is a continuous process and it will take time to forge a new path. Being a rather impatient person this is a lesson for me. Periods of transition can be scary and confusing, and with a history of anxiety and depression I find some aspects of my journey incredibly challenging. Previously, I had been stuck in my head so much that I thought about doing things but never did them. Mind The Gap gave me a chance to express my thoughts and take a look at things from different perspectives. It allowed me breathing space, and a safe place where people listen without judgement.
Try it, you might like it!
This year for me it, is all about having a go. If you like, I’m trying things on to see how they fit. Playing with art, through a variety of forms, photography, writing, journaling, dancing. Exercising, doing yoga, hooping, walking, swimming, anything! I have so much passion and it’s hard to know what idea to follow. However, I am confident that if I try, if I reach out and scream and shout about the things I love then I am sure that one day the shoe will fit and something will click.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you will have to do something you never did.”
I always used to berate myself for all the things I couldn’t do or didn’t do and in all honesty on some occasions I still do. But with a shift in perspective and through the use of a journal I spend 10 minutes reflecting on my day and celebrating my achievements no matter how small they might be. Practising gratitude for the little things like my cosy flat, fresh food or simply a sunny day.
Over to you
sammie has shared a wealth of great little tools to bring you more joy and novelty in life. Let us know:
What’s something new you’ll try in the next 7 days?
How about taking the time to keep a daily gratitude journal? Or do you have any other great tips?
We can’t wait to hear about them in the comments!