5 Steps To Decide What To Do Next In Life

Are you feeling stuck in life and have no idea what to do next? Do you feel paralyzed with fear at the very mention of change?

First off, you should be proud of reaching this state. It’s a good thing because it means you sense that there are things that your life is shifting.

Yet, knowing where to begin or what to do can be overwhelming. So, if you’re facing this decision, then this post is for you.

Below are five steps to help you decide what to do next in your life.

1. Take a Step Back

When you’re looking at what to do next in life, it’s imperative to stop and take a step back. Take a look at the big picture to identify where you want to go and what you want to do.

Too often, we struggle with all the ways of how to get there without fully knowing where ‘there’ actually is.

We don’t take the time to highlight what’s working in our lives and what’s not, so when we reach a crossroads, we feel baffled and unable to move forward.

This is when taking a step back can help you specify where you want to go as you move on in life.

2. Understand What Brings You Joy

Get to know what makes you you. Dig deep and do some soul-searching to understand what motivates you.

Ask yourself these questions:

• What drives me and makes me excited?
• What are my values and beliefs?
• What contributions do I want to make to my community?
• What’s important to me?
• What are the skills and talents that I bring to the table?

3. Explore Your Passions

Make a list of all the things that you’re passionate about and explore those options in more detail.

It’s important to analyze your options both emotionally and intellectually. To do this, try to imagine how each one impacts your thought processes and your emotions.

Go through this step without worrying about any of the whys, should-haves, and would-nots. Instead, connect more with your subconscious to find out what resonates with you and your core values.

For instance, if you value innovation and technology, look for positions at industry-leading businesses. On the other hand, if you value family culture more, then you’ll be better off seeking a job at a small family-owned organization.

4. Learn New Skills

No matter how many great skills you already have, it’s always nice to learn something new. Whether it’s soft skills or hard, think about what you’d like to learn. Then, look for places in your community or online where you can take classes.

For example, you want to learn more about graphic design. You may consider applying to an art program.

Or you could be interested in gardening. You can take a class in gardening and plants, then apply for a job at a garden center or arboretum.

Whichever you decide to pursue, remember to set short-term goals that follow the SMART framework. This framework ensures that your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

5. Let Go of What Could Be

Change is scary because we don’t know what to expect from our decisions. This fear keeps you in a state of inaction and apprehension.

But if you could let go of all that worry just for a few minutes?

To do that, you need to trust yourself and maintain a positive mindset. Have faith that whatever comes along, you’ll find a way to handle it.

Stop thinking of change as something to be dreaded and feared. Instead, you can begin to think of it as something stimulating that adds a layer of excitement and intrigue to your life.

Remain to be open to whatever life brings your way. It may surprise you with an even better outcome than the one you had initially envisioned for yourself.
Final Thoughts

If you’re unsure what to do next in life, we hope these five steps can help you enhance your personal and professional life and improve your life in the long term.

It’s a tough journey, but if you’re determined to make it, it can also be extremely rewarding. Now, all that’s left to do is take that first step to discover your life purpose and find your passion in life.

5 Things That Take an Emotional Toll on You

Protecting your mental well-being and making sure it’s healthy is something that needs to be a priority for you. When you’re emotionally healthy, it enables you to handle life stressors, have good stress outlets and even helps you to remain in better health physically.

There are some things that can take an emotional toll on you that you should watch out for. One of these is caring for others. This can be just taking care of your loved ones and it can also stem from being in the role of a caretaker to someone who’s ill or physically disabled.

When you care for other people, it puts you under an emotional strain. When this happens, you can develop anxiety, feel grief or anger and you can also experience physical problems.

You may develop insomnia and struggle with resentment and depression. Something else that can take an emotional toll is having a strenuous job. Studies show that job stress is common and causes a high level of stress.

You might have a job that saps both your mental and physical energy. If you compound that by also having a toxic or demanding boss or work place strife, that can acerbate the emotional toll your job puts on you.

If you have chronic physical health issues, this can impact your mental well being. It can cause you to become discouraged at the never-ending physical problems. You might develop depression or anxiety.

It can cause you to focus on what you can’t do, which can then make you develop the mindset of giving up and not trying. Relationships are something else that can take a toll on you - especially if they’re toxic.

These types of relationships cause emotional damage in the form of making you lose self-confidence. They can drain you mentally and emotionally. A toxic relationship can make you a more negative person because, even if you don’t realize it, it can be a form of psychological trauma.

You might notice that your emotions have changed and you’re more pessimistic about things than positive. You might have mood swings and struggle with bouts of anger or despair.

Financial concerns are also something that can take an emotional toll on you. You might be in a situation where you just have too much month left over after you get paid. Or maybe you’re stuck in high credit card debt or trying to get out from under other recurring bills.

When you’re under financial pressure, it can wreck your emotions. You can develop anxiety and get knots in your stomach when you think about not being able to make your financial obligations.

This can lead to depression and insomnia. Take care of whatever you have the means to fix that’s weighing on your emotions. By addressing the issues that take an emotional toll on you, you can improve your mental well-being and your physical health, too!

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