I keep on changing my life when things get tough
I've been like this ever since I was in school; back then I transferred to another school. Now I'm thinking about changing my job.
Is there a certain problem you feel about living the way you describe?
As long as you feel satisfied with how your life is unfolding then you’re making wise decisions.
If you feel tension or that somehow doing as you describe is wrong, then the first step is to identify the way you feel your methodology described above has a role in working against your best interest.
Basically, define what is problematic in order to address it.
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There's a quote I love that says, "Wherever you go, there you are" and the book by the same name by Jon Kabat-Zinn may be very helpful for you. The thing about changing things up when they get tough is that they often aren't the things that need changing. The awesome (and challenging) thing about it is that when you work on the internal aspects that may need attention, you can learn to find a sense of centeredness that comes with practicing mindfulness and asking yourself who you really are and want to be. Through this deeper work, you can actually be in the midst of chaos and still feel that calm and peace within yourself. If you look for support in this journey from a counselor or therapist, I'd recommend looking for someone offering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT). Also helpful may be the online program of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) found here. There are in-person programs across the country, but this online self-guided version is free and a great resource!
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It's great that you are at least aware of what pushes you to seek change in your life.
If you were in session with me, one of the first things I'd explore is what "tough" means for you. Is it relationship issues with other people? Or tasks related to your job? Or is it something else? It's important to know what you may be trying to escape in order to work with it. For example, if you tend to make changes when you are faced with a commitment, then there would be something about commitment that scared you and the work would be focused there.
One thing to think about is that most people tend to run from things that they believe they can't handle or get through. Could this be happening in your situation? If it is, there could be some underlying fears present that you are incompetent or you will fail. What's interesting about that is that some people avoid change for the very same reasons. It's actually quite amazing that you handle so much change in your life and have for a very long time. That shows you can handle a lot!
The last thought I have is that the more you push through the tough stuff, the more you will have confidence in your ability to do that. You don't have to feel confident to start the process--in fact, many people feel very vulnerable and terrified sticking with decisions that are out of their comfort zone. Having social support, even if it's just one person, is so important when you're facing your fears. That could mean counseling, or a partner, friend, family member, etc. Doing it alone is another level of tough.
You may be at the point in your life where you are just seeking some answers and aren't feeling ready to address what's happening and that's OK. No one wants to go blindly into this kind of work. There's no rush to figure it all out right now. Give yourself some time to let things unfold!
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Many times when things become difficult to manage, is because we are getting out of our comfort zone, so we seek growth and change. Coping with the difficulties does make you more resilient and helps you to build the confidence you need to solve problems in the future.
Now I wonder: are things getting tough in a way that you are not able to resolve them? Do you need to move or change to save yourself or prevent any harm? If so, it is OK to know when to remove ourselves form situations that harm us more than helping us. On the other hand, are the things getting tough because you need to learn a new skill? If so, how can you learn them and is there someone who can help you overcome this challenge? I help my clients to identify their strengths and areas where they can achieve growth, things like polishing up your resume and evaluate new job opportunities could help you discover a new you.
If you would like to engage in counseling, I am licensed in Texas and Puerto Rico, you can contact me at 787-466-5478.
He sido así desde que estaba en la escuela; antes me transfería de escuela. Ahora pienso cambiar de trabajo.
Muchas veces cuando las situaciones se tornan en difíciles de manejar, es porque nos sacan de nuestra zona de comodidad, con el propósito de buscar el cambio y el crecimiento. Manejar las dificultades si te vuelve más resistente, y desarrolla tu autoestima para que puedas resolver problemas en el futuro.
Ahora, te pregunto: ¿se están poniendo las cosas difíciles al punto que no puedes manejarlas? ¿Necesitas removerte de la situación para evitar que te hagan daño? Si es así, entonces está bien reconocer cuando nos debemos remover de una situación dañina que nos daña más de lo que nos permite crecer. O por el otro lado, ¿Se están poniendo las cosas difíciles porque necesitas a prender una nueva destreza? Si es así, ¿cómo puedes aprender esa destreza y quien te puede ayudar?
Ayudo a mis clientes a identificar sus fortalezas y áreas de crecimiento, el actualizar y pulir tu resume junto con explorar opciones de empleo, te puede llevar a descubrir nuevos talentos en ti.
Si te gustaría hacer una cita, soy Consejera Profesional Licenciada en Texas y en Puerto Rico, llama al 787-466-5478.
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Sometimes changes make sense. It may be helpful to talk to someone who you trust to get a sense of whether the changes that you are making are those that are considered adaptable or important changes that allow us all to grow. Another possibility is that you are changing things in an effort to get away from something that is uncomfortable or difficult. There are many other possibilities along this continuum.
I would ask you to consider the following:
What is leading you to want to change your job?
What feelings are associated with this change? (Happy, sad, scared, anxious/nervous, confused, motivated, etc.)
How is the job that you are looking to transfer to going to be better or different? Are the concerns that you have now going to travel with you?
If you are hesitating to get another perspective (from trusted friends or family or some sort of career advisor in your area), where is the hesitation coming from?
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I recommend that you make a list of all the reasons you should change your life and all of the reasons you shouldn't change your life. Can the problem you are in be fixed? Is there others you can lean on for support? Are there other people you know who have been through a similar experience and are willing to share their story with you? It is important to rely on your support network to help you get multiple points of view. If you believe you need additional help, I suggest seeing a professional.
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