Break the Cycle, Create a New Cycle
Sometimes breaking the cycle you are in means creating (admitting and changing) and starting (action) a brand new cycle. Then repeating (without judgment or as failure) as necessary each learning experience.
Think of your cycle like a hamster wheel if that helps. If you don’t like your own personal hamster wheel(cycle) that you are in then create a new more exciting, purposeful one, get help with it if needed, I do, it is more aften than not harder to see outside the hamster wheel by ourselves once it starts moving a little too fast. A good mentor can teach you many things, and steer you away from potential struggles. Then work hard to keep the momentum going after the initial ‘honeymoon phase’. Daily/weekly journals are a great way to recognize what is helping me what is not and what is just taking up valuable space in my hamster wheel. Create a new wheel as needed, no problem. Get rid of the stuff that gets in the way, does not work, or looks good on paper, but doesn’t get done. You know what I am talking about, the stuff that looks good, you ‘should’ do, yet really does just create more anxiety, I am not saying don’t see your doctor or stuff like that, but saying I am going to exercise ‘X’ amount of days and only doing half well first, yay me, and second I’ll cut out the rest or build my ‘items’ up slower, no problem, I learned and progress is progress.
Four important aspects to consider when creating an intentional, purpose filled physically and emotionally healthy cycle or ‘hamster wheel’ for yourself.
Food – what is nutritionally balanced for your daily needs, adjust as necessary.
Exercise – what is required according to your needs, adjust as necessary.(Consider work, play activities etc.)
Sleep – Very important to get what is healthy for your lifestyle, again, adjust as necessary.
‘Your time’ – time for you for whatever that may be, reading, art, sports, volunteering, writing etc. Just time for you to get right with you.
I believe if you keep these balanced along with a healthy spiritual life you can find the growth, acceptance and change necessary to recognize joy and happiness.
By: Doug Ferguson Copyright: Beard for Mental Health