Recognizing Change is Needed is the First Step

Making healthier changes in you life can be a struggle. Sometimes we just aren’t convinced a change is needed. Too many time we’re just great at avoiding change. It tends to be something we dread, rather than look forward to. I know this was true for me when I first discovered my mental illness. I knew there would be changes to get myself healthier, mental wise, but at the same time I couldn’t believe there was anything wrong.

However, if you want to live your best life, it’s imperative you recognize when a change is needed. So, how exactly can you recognize that change is needed in your life? Below, you’ll discover some of the common signs to look out for.

Feeling lost or stuck in life

Feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Like you have lost your purpose? This is a sure sign that a change is needed. Everyone has a purpose, but it isn’t always easy to identify it. Also, your purpose can change as you get older and go through life’s experiences. So, if you feel like your life isn’t your own anymore, it’s time to make a change.

Your mood is consistently flat

Another sign change is needed is if you find your mood is constantly flat. That is, you don’t really enjoy anything anymore. You don’t have to feel depressed to make a change, simply feeling constantly flat is another indicator your life isn’t satisfying.

Think about the things that used to make you feel good. It could be that you once enjoyed your career. If you now don’t like your job, it’s a sign you need to make a change to get back to feeling that initial excitement.

You suffer with poor self esteem

Low self-esteem can develop for a lot of different reasons. However, it tends to be more prevalent in those who don’t take care of themselves. If you lack self-care, you may criticize yourself more or feel like you aren’t worth much.

Over time, poor self-esteem can lead you to feel like you don’t deserve good things in life. This in turn can cause you to give up trying to be happy. If you suffer with poor self-esteem, it is a good sign you need a change.

You have very little energy

Having little energy throughout the day could be a sign of poor sleep. However, it can also relate to a deeper issue if you are constantly tired. It may mean that you have lost your passion and interest in life. When you spend a lot of time doing things that don’t inspire you, it can zap your energy quickly.

So, if you wake up feeling tired and drained consistently, take it as a sign you need more self-care in your life. When you are taking care of yourself, you’ll feel energized and ready to take on anything.

As you can see, there are a lot of signs that could point to the fact you need a change. Self-care can really help to improve self-esteem, give you a sense of purpose and help to make you feel happier and more energized. So, if you want to make a change, recognize where your current issues lie and use self-care to eliminate them.


Making change can be difficult. no one wants to do it. Yet if you can recognize that change is needed, for your mental health or in any other aspect of your life then you are halfway there. That first step is always the hardest.


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  1. I’ve often described my depression as looking out a window watching everyone live their lives but I can’t for the life of me join them no matter how much I want to. Hope to me is that when I’m feeling that way it isn’t a permanent situation. It will change.

    1. It will change. I know that depression can feel as if the weight of the world is pushing you down beyond your limit. Knowing that you want to join everyone else is the first step. It’s also the hardest step. For me my depression will leave me with days of not wanting to get up from the bed. There was a time when I just wouldn’t. Why would it matter if I got up. Then I started giving myself just three things or reasons. Things I needed to do for the day. Things that I had to have done before ten am. Little things and I talked with my therapists and doctors more. Some days I still use my three little things but those days aren’t as often as they once were. Never lose hope that things will change for you as well. Sometimes hope, no matter how small, is all we have.

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