At one point in life, we face a situation when it becomes necessary to close a chapter in our lives, so we can not only start a new one but live our life without any guilt and shame.
I can relate to this topic and understand that it’s easier said than done, but I want you to know that it’s possible because there has to be an end if you want a new, fresh beginning.
But how to know if it’s the right time to close a chapter in your life if you are not already sure about it?
That’s something I’m going to help you figure out today, and then I will share how to do that.
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5 Ways To Know it’s time to close a chapter in your life
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1) It’s giving you more anxiety than happiness
Whether it’s a relationship, friendship, career, or profession, if it’s giving you more anxiety and stress than it’s giving you joy, then it might be the right time to start thinking about starting a new chapter in your life.
I agree that every relationship and all kinds of professions cause stress from time to time, but when it starts becoming more of a permanent state where you always feel unmotivated and feel deep inside that there’s more to life that you’re missing out.
Then it’s the right time to think about it.
2) You are not seeing any future
Are you in a situation where your current work or relationship can’t align with the future you want for yourself?
Life is a journey, not a destination, and that being said, it’s important to enjoy what you are doing and feeling in the present moment while making sure that your actions are aligning with the future you are seeing for yourself 10 or 15 years from now.
Otherwise, there will be inner conflicts.
3) You know you deserve better
Do you ever feel deep inside that you deserve better than this?
Then the chances are you do.
If you are in a relationship where you have to beg someone to be kind to you and treat you the way you treat them every single day, you know that you deserve better.
Sometimes it’s just hard to leave because we are used to it, but in the long run, we realize that this was the best decision we could make for ourselves.
Do not ever settle for less than you think you deserve.
4) It just can’t seem to work out, no matter what.
Anything takes time, but no matter how much work you’re putting in, it just can’t seem to work out.
Especially if it’s something you are not interested in, then it may be the right time to reconsider it.
5) You are feeling it in your gut.
If you are anything like me, we often ignore our gut feelings.
But if you start feeling in your gut that it’s time to close a chapter, then it probably is the right time to close it. Trust your gut.
How to close a chapter in your life
Since you have already figured out that it’s the time to close a chapter and start fresh, here are some ways that will help you to do that.
1) Give yourself a priority.
Indeed the most important step that will help you close a chapter that’s not meant for you.
We often do things to please other people, even if we don’t enjoy the process of doing it.
This is the time to stop it and prioritize your own needs.
When you prioritize yourself, you not only live your best life, but at the same time, you learn to give people their space and let them prioritize what’s best for them.
2) Sit back for a moment
Don’t we (myself included) always try to find escapes to run away from reality? But it isn’t the wisest thing to do. Pretending like nothing happened when you are anxious and in a painful situation is just not the right thing to do.
Sit back with yourself for a moment and say to yourself I am strong enough to see what’s happening in my mind and accept the fact that it’s happening.
The moment we accept that we are not okay, that’s the moment we can start taking further action that leads to healing and growth.
3) You have control.
While it’s true that we cannot control everything happening in our lives. But there are things that are completely in your control.
No matter what happens to you, it’s always up to you how you see things. Even the most uncomfortable situations can be a blessing if we are willing to see the hidden opportunity.
4) Plan how you want your life to be.
One of the best ways to close a chapter is to design your own life in your own way.
Do you already know what you want your life to be? If you are, let’s say, currently 25 years old, where do you want to see yourself when you will be 30 or 35, or 45 years old?
If not, then design your own life and start taking the necessary actions today that will help you reach there. Don’t forget to enjoy the process. (:
5) You are exactly what you want to be.
Sounds weird? But it’s true. You are already who you want to be.
We feel overwhelmed when we start pretending like others.
We feel happy and satisfied when we are our most authentic version, and we don’t have to become something or achieve something in order to feel the best about ourselves. You already are what you always wanted to be.
While it’s possible to get trapped in a situation and feel like it’s impossible to get out of it, remember that we are stronger than our problems.
You may start reading stories of people who were once in a similar situation as yours and how they managed to get out of it.
It will inspire you and make you believe that it’s possible and that you can do this too.
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