post by Si Martin
Is it time to make a change? Is there something in your life that you’re not happy with? Just feeling like a fresh start? You might’ve noticed that we’ve got ourselves a fancy new look (💁🏼♀️), because we were ready for a change, and growing into a new chapter. Whatever your reasons and whatever your timing, there are a few things to bear in mind when looking to affect change.
Do it for you
We’ll kick off with this, cuz it’s perhaps the most important one. If you’re looking to make a positive change in your life, it’s important to remember to do it for you. Do it because you’re an excellent human who deserves to be happy. Not because anyone else is telling you to.
If you’re making a change because you want to, and you choose to, then the idea is going to stick a lot better than if you’re just doing it because you feel you have to.
Remind yourself why
It’s kinda related to doing it for you. Doing something consciously and mindfully makes a much bigger impact than doing stuff.. just because.
For example: I love playing video games. But there’s a difference between when I’m playing Call of Duty cuz I’m bored & there’s nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon, and me catching myself getting into a negative headspace, and needing to switch off my brain with a few rounds in the Warzone for a bit so I can attack my problems fresh.
I’m doing the same action, but having a different reason why gives me different outcomes.
Even small, every day tasks can have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing, if you do them to bring about positive change. So remind yourself why.
Don’t do it alone
As humans, we’re quite social creatures. We’re better when we motivate each other, encourage each other, and hold each other accountable. Studies show you’re way more likely to stick with going to the gym if you go with someone else, for example.
So when we’re trying to affect change, it’s always going to be more effective if we’re doing it with a sense of community.
It’s a key message of HATW (and most mental health stuff in general tbf) that you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, there’s someone out there who’s been through it, or is currently going through it too.
There are people around you who can help you make positive changes. There are places you can talk to if you feel you don’t have anyone. You’ll give yourself a much better shot at making change happen (and stick!) if you don’t do it alone.
Change isn’t always easy. But getting yourself into a better place mentally is always worth it. You’re worth it. It is possible, and you can do it.
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