We all have days of feeling like we could be doing more with our lives. The 9 – 5 isn’t as fulfilling as it used to be, you don’t seem to have as much free time to spend with the kids, and there is a nagging voice inside that’s telling you to make a change. But you have no idea what sort of change it is that you can make. You want to do something meaningful and embark on a new path that will benefit not just you, but others too. Take a look at these ideas that may help you out of the rut that you currently find yourself in.
What’s The One Thing That Got Away?
Everyone has regrets in life. It’s the way we deal with the feelings that regret can generate that can negatively impact on our life. Consider what it is that you have always wanted to do, experience or have a go at and just go for it. Don’t think too hard about it, procrastinate and talk yourself out of it. Just do it. You might want to learn the piano, go rock climbing or have a go at cooking Italian food. Whatever it is that you have always wanted to do but have never got round to taking the plunge and doing should now be undertaken. Starting a new hobby or activity gives you the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and break your humdrum routine.
Consider A Career Change
If your corporate lifestyle leaves you feeling cold, think about swapping your power suit for a pair of scrubs or another uniform from the caring profession. There are many transferable skills that you can take from your high flying business job that you can utilize in a more caring profession such as nursing, charity work or counseling. You may find that embarking on a whole new career path that benefits others much more fulfilling than a desk job.
You could consider upskilling yourself and gaining a new qualification like one of the online masters degree programs in mental health counseling. A course like this would enable you to experience first hand what it is like to work in a clinic and allow you to undertake internships rather than simply studying full time. Giving back in some way to the community can see you propelled out of the rut you find yourself settling in.
If a career change can be nothing more than a dream at the moment, why not volunteer instead? Even if your life is full and busy, you can dedicate an hour or two a week to a volunteering project. Working out how much time you can dedicate to volunteering will give you a chance to reassess your hectic lifestyle and allow you to manage your time more effectively. You could look at selling rubber wristbands on behalf of a charity (with their consent) and then give the money you make to the charity. Not only would this help the charity through fundraising and awareness, it would also make you feel better for helping others.
You could find yourself helping out with kids reading at a local school, making sure that homeless people get a good breakfast every day or planting some trees in the local community gardens.
Whatever it is that you do, you can find something that will benefit others and see that nagging voice telling you to change fade away.