Making a change for the Better; By Andrea Needham

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Making a Change for the Better

Major life transitions have the potential to be periods of upheaval. However, these can also be changes that allow you to improve your life for the better. In fact, many people use life transitions like buying a house, moving or divorce as a way to create healthier habits. This might mean eating better, reducing alcohol consumption, exercising regularly, and avoiding relationships that are damaging to your mental and emotional health.

Improve Your Physical Health

Getting into a regular exercise routine can be a good way to break bad health habits. Consider joining a new gym, hiring a personal trainer, or even just getting into the habit of walking every morning before you head to work. Not only can having a physical routine improve your health and mental wellness, eMindful says when combined with mindfulness practices, can help reduce stress, allow you to gain a better degree of physical health, and even improve your mood. A workout buddy can be great for holding you accountable for your new routines.

Change the Way You Eat

Stress eating is a real thing. According to Health.com, many people going through transitional periods resort to comfort foods, which are typically high in sugar, fat, and sodium. This can lead to weight gain and health conditions and even impact your mental well-being. Take a healthy cooking class that gives you ideas for novel recipes and new ways of shopping and eating. This simultaneously has the benefit of letting you socialize and meet new people. Start shopping at farmer’s markets and local health food stores, and plan and prep meals in advance so you're prepared with healthy alternatives to fast foods.

Clean Things Up

Whether you’re moving, cleaning out your house, or donating unwanted clothing items in favor of a new wardrobe, a top-to-bottom mental and physical cleanout can do wonders for your mental health. Let go of things that no longer serve you, and if you’re interested in a new look, change your hairstyle, your fashion style, and even repaint or redecorate rooms to better reflect the new you. In other words, embrace the transition rather than fight it, and consider it an opportunity to chart a new direction in your life. If you feel “stuck,” don’t hesitate to reach out to your primary care physician to be screened for depression or anxiety, and get the appropriate help so you can successfully move forward. 

 

Make New Friends

 

If part of your transition is moving away from toxic friendships and relationships, look for the commonality in other areas. Maybe you have a hobby or favorite pastime that you can expand into a social opportunity by joining a club or rec center. Perhaps you're interested in a faith-based social calendar, in which case joining a church, synagogue, or mosque might be beneficial. Volunteering is another way to help yourself while helping others in need. If you have a pet project or soft spot for a particular charity in your community, ask about what their needs are, and how you can help.

 

Perhaps you’re ready to expand your horizons, meet new people, and move somewhere new. If you’re relocating, make sure you connect with a dedicated real estate group like Team Shope to help you find a great home in the ideal neighborhood.

 

Give Your Career a Boost

 

If you're feeling stuck or burned out at work, and there’s an entrepreneurial pursuit you've always wanted to explore, this may be the time! Start by establishing a limited liability company. A Pennsylvania LLC can help protect you against some forms of liability, requires less paperwork, and makes it simpler when it's time to file your taxes. You can register online through a formation service.

 

Transitional periods can be wonderful opportunities for personal growth. Remember, you don't have to make all of your changes at once. Start small with things that are easy to manage while you work to get your feet underneath you and decide what you want your future to look like.

 

Ready to purchase a new home in the Hershey, Pennsylvania area? Team Shope is ready to help! Call (717) 500-2112

 

-Andrea Needham of eldersday.org.

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