We all lose our way from time to time. Many of us lost our way during the pandemic, and many of us have not been able to get back on track ever since.
If you have lost your way, you are not the only one.
First and foremost, it’s essential to know that it is okay to feel lost from time to time. Especially if you are faced with a major (or minor) life transition. In the aftermath of the pandemic, many of us are facing significant life changes: we may have lost someone we loved, we may have been made redundant, we may now have a severe illness, we may be getting divorced etc.
Maybe you are not facing such a dramatic change, and you are not sure if you have lost your way. According to Collins’s dictionary, if we say that someone lost their way, we mean that they no longer have a clear idea of where they are, where they are going, or what they want to achieve.
Have you lost your way too? Below I’ve listed a few signs that you might have:
- You do not enjoy anything anymore
- You have lost your sense of humour
- You spend your time either regretting the past or worrying about the future
- You are more cynical, sceptical, distrustful
- You can’t be bothered to care for yourself anymore: you started smoking again, are eating unhealthy foods and stopped exercising
- You feel unmotivated and uninspired
- You have given up on your goals
- You indulge in too much alcohol, drugs, retail shopping, gambling etc.
- You don’t sleep well: you can’t fall asleep, wake up several times in the night and/or early in the morning and you do not feel refreshed and…
- Getting out of bed in the mornings just feels like too much trouble
- Your energy levels are at an all-time low
- You feel tired, irritated and impatient most of the time
- Your relationships are suffering
- You feel an overwhelming need to escape
If you can identify with several of these, you may have lost your way. Don’t beat yourself up, it happens to all of us. Try to look at the situation from a different perspective. Could this be an opportunity to take stock, review your beliefs and values, set new post-pandemic goals and redefine the direction you want to move in?
Losing your way in life can feel very similar to depression, and if you have several of these symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider to rule it out.
In my next blog post, I’ll explain what you can do to get back on track again. In the meantime, you may want to look at my signature coaching program, Make a Magical Life Map or you can give in to your need to escape and join us here in the south of France on a Camino de Santiago de Compostela retreat. Thousands of people who have lost their way found it again by walking the Camino. You can even combine this retreat with a New You: Detox Your Body and Mind with Intermittent Fasting retreat, to get rid of the nasty habits you may have picked up during the pandemic.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Maybe the same goes for losing your way. Maybe life isn’t about finding your way. Maybe life is about creating your way. I’ll discuss this in my next blog post.
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