My life is a complete and utter mess- and even writing that feels like a massive understatement. If you’ve ever felt this way- or are currently feeling this way- then you already know just how debilitating it is. For me, my anxiety increases, which only makes things a hell of a lot worse.
While getting your life back on track sounds idealistic and easy to do, the reality is that it really, really isn’t. It can quite a while before you truly feel like you’re back on track, but it’s possible. Want to get there? Here’s how you can start getting your own life back on track.
1. Identify the root of the problem
Generally speaking, a lot of similar posts to this will only focus on how to get your life back on track. This may seem like a good idea, but the issue is that you’re not addressing the root of the problem. That means all those tactics you picked up are clashing with your old mindset, and you’ll be more likely to fall back into your old ways.
Take a considerable amount of time to think about what your triggers may be. They could be due to boredom, injury/illness, stress or another trigger. If you have to, write it out and connect them to certain behaviours. This will help you understand the root of the problem so that you can begin to get your life back on track.
2. Embrace the fact that you won’t be perfect
One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is expecting perfection when getting their life back on track. Let’s be honest with ourselves- it’s not realistic to believe that this is achievable. It will only discourage you, causing you to slip back into your old ways because why bother trying to improve yourself?
You need to understand that just trying to fix yourself is still better than not trying to improve yourself whatsoever. If you want to eat clean seven days a week, don’t beat yourself up if you only manage to eat clean for three or four days instead. If you’re trying to get back into the gym regularly, be proud of yourself for going however many days you manage to drag yourself there. It takes time to form new habits and break the old ones; patience is key here.
3. Create a schedule you can stick to
Having a schedule is so important! I seriously can’t stress that enough. How you do this is up to you. You can go into your Apple or Google Calendar and block out time in different colours for work, exercise, school, etc. You can organize it all in a planner or bullet journal by day. (Or if you’re me, you do both because why the hell not?) The main point is to create a schedule that you know you can stick with in order to get (and keep) your life on track.
Having said that, allow some flexibility within that schedule you’ve created. An appointment my come up; school may be canceled due to a snow day; or you’ve suddenly become incredibly sick. Whatever the case may be, add some time in between tasks- or move them altogether- as need be. It may be stressful, but it’ll help ensure that you get everything done in a timely manner.
Getting your life back on track is hard- I know this for a fact because I’m currently living it. But it can be possible! It takes a hell of a lot of time and patience in order to get it right. I’m currently preparing to get my life back on track once and for all- will you?