For the next few weeks, Wellness Wednesday is going to explore the concept of change. Recognizing that things need to change is a key first step towards wellness. Join us over the next month as we dig into change and the barriers that can emerge along the way.
Sometimes at the pit of our stomach we have a lump, we feel anxious, and we may struggle to fall asleep for several nights. While our worries can sometimes feel like we are just being silly and dramatic, other times we can recognize that it is something real.
Perhaps it feels like a weight on your shoulders that you have been carrying around. Maybe it is in regards to a particular relationship that has significant importance in our lives. It could be a concern about a parent and their health, a sibling and the distance that has grown between you, or a romantic partner that you fear might not be the one for you long term.
The physical discomfort that can come with serious worries can act as a red flag that doing nothing is simply not going to work anymore, if it ever worked for that matter. Along with our body, we cannot ignore our thoughts or feelings. This can be a scary decision point, regardless of whether the serious conversation we need to have is with someone close to us or ourselves. However, opening up that dialogue is the only thing that will lead to change.
A move towards change does not necessarily mean we have to jump to absolutes or provide immediate ultimatums. It does, however, mean that we must start a conversation and be honest with ourselves and others. That discomfort in your stomach and those sleepless nights, they are often a consequence of a lack of direction and no obvious pathway towards change. Limbo is an anxious place to be, the first choice towards change is to recognize that you do not want to be in limbo any more.
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Jessica is a member of the clinical wellness and learning support team at FLEX Psychology. Jessica started Wellness Wednesday out of a desire to provide further opportunities for her clients to extend their wellness journey to all avenues of their life. You can learn more about Jessica by clicking here or by learning more about her and the clinical team at FLEX Psychology by clicking here.