Our health and wellbeing can be affected by many different things in life. Some mental, some physical and some brought on by other factors in life that we don’t have control over. Many of us will do our best to ensure that we don’t become affected, but the chances are we can all feel some of the negative effects that can be brought on by significant life changes, good and bad and also any past mistakes and experiences we have endured. Some of these things may seem obvious, but some of them might surprise you. 

Not all of us have glowing past experiences where we feel confident in every decision or life choices that we have made. It can be very difficult to overcome certain factors that we can all face. Life has a tendency to throw curveballs at us. Sometimes we can make the right choice, other times we can make a mistake. With that in mind, here are some of the ways our health and wellbeing can be affected by our life choices and hopefully offer you some tips on how to overcome them if it does. 

Relationship break ups

Whether you are married, in a long-term relationship or find yourself just starting out with someone, relationships can be a huge emotional rollercoaster, wouldn’t you agree? There are, of course, plenty of ups and downs, but I guess how you both handle the situations makes you the couple you are today or are about to come in the future.

But, relationships, sometimes don’t last forever. You have every intention to make it work, but for reasons, the relationship can break down. You may have done wrong, or the other person may have done, or you just don’t seem to like one another as much as you used to. Relationship breakups can really affect your mindset and make you question who you are. It can make you feel anxious and upset, but the best thing to do in this situation is to accept and move forward. 

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Committing a crime

Some people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other people intentionally go out to cause no good. Whichever category you fall into, committing a crime is never going to be one of those joyous or positive experiences in your life. More like the opposite. However, what many people can do is accept what has happened and move forward. If you find yourself in this situation, it doesn’t have to ruin your life for good, of course, depending on what the crime actually was.

In many cases, you need to accept the punishment handed to you especially if you have been charged with a felony. But the impact on your health and well-being can be astronomical and often we don’t realize the future impact this will have. You can feel stressed, anxious, depressed even. A discussion with your health practitioner will help you overcome these feelings and give you the correct mental tools to handle the situation accordingly. 

Financial worries

Money will not make you happy, but it can make life easier, and no one will really deny that. But when you don’t have much of the green stuff and the bills are piling up on your doormat it shouldn’t be surprising that this situation can impact your health and wellbeing. Anxiety and depression can go hand in hand as you struggle to find a solution to the problem.

But this is when you need to take matters into your own hands and become more logical with your approach. Work on a budget and stick within your means. There may be priorities that you need to think about when it comes to your finances, such as debts that need paying, or amounts of money that needs saving. Financial situations can be temporary and often there is always a way out with a bit of discipline. 

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Stepping out of your comfort zone

We’re often told to step out of our comfort zone and take risks in life. But wouldn’t you agree that this sort of action can bring on a whole heap of negative emotions? While no one is saying that we shouldn’t take risks or step out of our comfort zone, it is important to acknowledge in some cases it won’t make us feel so great. Even though we may feel elated for the things we have achieved. It is always a choice, so in this situation always ensure that it is you making a choice and not based on pressure from others. 

Going for a promotion at work

There is nothing quite nerve-wracking than putting yourself out there and going for a promotion at work is one of those circumstances. Especially at this time of the year where people make their careers more of a priority with goals and resolutions.  You can feel immense pressure to perform as well as anxious about the prospect of an interview or your answers being scrutinized.

But, as the saying goes, if you don’t ask you don’t get, and in these situations, if you love what you do then you only want to do better and improve. You could look at ways of showing initiative in the workplace, maybe take on some extra responsibility when it comes to the type of work you want to do. There are plenty of ways you could even enhance your career by moving to another company to get that promotion or wage rise you feel is deserving. 

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Of course, other factors that affect our mindset and mental health are losing loved ones, losing a job and getting any form of bad news like perhaps an illness for you or a loved one. Life will always have ups and downs, and even though our heart may race, our palms may get sweaty, and we start to feel negative, life can and will always be a gift. The next time you feel affected by your life choices, why not let them fuel you to carry on? You never know where life is going to take you next.