If you’re discontent and feeling dissatisfied with your life, you’re not alone. Many people experience ebbs and flows throughout their daily routines, but most will shrug off the feelings believing that they will eventually ware off—they do. But unfortunately, unless you get the root of the problem, those feelings are bound to return over and over again.
Try imagining your life as a wheel with several points: organization, spirituality, health, hobbies, goals, relationships and career. In order for the wheel to function properly, each point must be well-maintained. You owe it to yourself and your mental well-being to determine which point or points you feel you’re missing or not focusing on so you are able to better balance your wheel.
For instance, you may be killing it career wise, but that extra time you’ve been putting in at work may mean you have less time for your social life. This imbalance may now have you feeling disconnected from your friends or family and leave you feeling sad or lonely.
By consciously understanding and paying attention to each of the points on your life’s wheel, you can begin to maintain and manage each one to help yourself achieve a more fulfilling and happier life.
Most people don’t enjoy the monotony of cleaning their home or office, but let’s be honest, when things are clean and organized, you feel pretty great, right? Your home is meant to be your sanctuary from the outside world, a place you can be at peace, and there’s nothing peaceful about a messy, disorganized home.
Of course, keeping your home clean and organized is easier said than done as life is busy, but if you set aside some of your free time to organize one section of your home at a time, not only will it make you feel more at peace, it will be easier to keep your home clean.
Whether you practice your spirituality through religion, meditation, or yoga, believing in a higher power allows you to connect with something bigger and greater than yourself. Not only will it help you search for the deeper meanings of life and life’s purpose, it can also create a great source of comfort in times of need.
What I mean by saying “get healthy” is to work on incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet and to add more physical activity into your day-to-day life. This doesn’t mean you have to do without snacks, or go on a diet, it simply means finding a balance between your wants and needs.
Whether you like to hike, read, fish, etc. your hobbies are what help to keep you grounded. Unfortunately, whenever life gets busy, hobbies seem to be the first thing that gets pushed to the back burner. And while sometimes pushing off your hobbies may be necessary—especially if you have kids or a grueling work schedule—making a habit of this can cause you to feel burnt out. Don’t forget to make yourself and your happiness a priority.
Get Your Goals Together
If you have something you want to accomplish in your personal life or your career, you have goals. But how are you going about accomplishing said goals? Are you simply telling yourself what you want to achieve and hoping it happens, or are you mapping out the steps necessary to achieve your goals?
For example, if a track runner decides he wants to win the next competition, that’s excellent, but just saying he wants to win isn’t going to be enough, he needs to map out his plan of action. A great way to do this is by setting up 30/60/90 day goals or short/mid/long-terms goals.
In this example, the track runner may decide that his 30 day goal would be to train each day for a set amount of hours. His 60 day goal may be to run a specific distance in a specific amount of time. His 90 day goal, of course, would be to win the competition.
This world can be a lonely place if you don’t have a social network you can confide in and spend time with. And, much like your hobbies, your friends, family, and lover will help to keep you grounded and happy. No matter how busy life gets, never forget to make time for the ones you love and the ones who love you.
Get To Work
I’m sure we’d all prefer sitting on the beach as opposed to sitting at an office desk, but the harsh reality is that we need money to survive in this world, and work takes up the majority of our day-to-day lives, so why not do something you love and enjoy?
If you love your job, that’s great, keep doing your thing. If you hate your job and find yourself miserable every day then it’s time to sit down and really figure out your next move. There is no reason for you to spend 40 hours of your week hating what you do. Find something you’re passionate about and then take the time to pursue it. If you can’t stand your boss—leave. If others in your field are getting higher salaries at another company—switch!
Life is all about balance, and if you want to live your best and happiest life, it’s important to learn how to manage all the different, yet important, aspects of it. So if you’re feeling unhappy, try to figure out which point on the wheel