1) Utilize the power of no
Part of how we become overworked and overstressed is by agreeing to take on far more than we can handle. We often want to please everyone or just not want to let those that are close to us down and we agree to take on more responsibilities than we could possibly complete. You can’t allow yourself to feel guilty for saying no to something you can’t do; if the person that asked you to do it truly does care about you, they’ll understand. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and say no when necessary.
2) Don’t be afraid to break the mold
If you want to feel more in control of your life, you can’t let others dictate what you do, the choices you make, or what makes you happy; you have to do things your own way for yourself. Occasionally, what you want to do will line up with something someone else has done in the past, but often times, your path will be unconventional when you make your own path. Don’t be afraid to step into uncharted territory, take the path less traveled, or make your own path in life; do what makes you happy.
3) Take care of yourself
One of the most important steps to regaining control of your life is taking good care of yourself. Your mental and physical health are more important than anything. Make sure you give yourself a few days to unwind each week, but most importantly, ensure that at least one of those days is set aside for yourself. Use that day to do what makes you happy, relaxes you, and allows you to recharge your battery. Treat yourself to a spa day, spend a few hours painting, soak in a hot tub or bubble bath, whatever soothes and relaxes you and puts your mind at ease.
4) Turn this into a learning experience
There are two ways to look at trying times in your life: you can mope and seek pity, or you can learn from your mistakes and turn the hardship into a learning experience to better protect yourself in the future.
You can learn a lot from your errors and failures and with each one, you become more resilient. By looking at the trying period as a learning experience, you take an optimistic approach which also helps you power through the hardship easier, coming out on the other side a better and stronger person.
When you feel like your life is spiraling out of control, your situation can seem hopeless. You can and should work to regain control. There are many ways in which you can work to better yourself, regain stability, and regain control, but we focused on the top four reasons we find absolutely essential to regaining control of your life.