9 ways to reset your life and start over.

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A GUIDE ON HOW TO RESET YOUR LIFE.

There comes a point in your life where you feel stuck and you want to move forward but you're not sure how.  You want to start over again but thoughts of doubt and insecurity creep into your mind.

You wonder, "How can I start over when I have all these responsibilities?  Where would I begin?  What would happen if I stopped doing X, Y, or Z?"

Sometimes we need that spark of inspiration or motivation to actually step out of our comfort zone and push us over the edge.  Something that would help us start all over again so we can start living the life of our dreams.

Fortunately, I have a guide on how to reset your life in 9 different ways.  Whether you’re looking to do a large reset or a mini one, these methods will apply whatever you choose.

How to reset your life in 9 ways.

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So you’re ready to reset your life and start over, right?  I can relate to the feeling of needing to do a reset.  In fact, it's something that I need to do every once in a while when I feel stagnant, stuck, lost, unappreciative, or bored.

It's my body's way of telling me that I need a fresh start, a reset, a do-over, a chance to recharge my batteries.

If that’s you right now and you are wondering, "How do I reset my life?"  I have some tips that can help you restart your life in 9 ways.

How to reset your life in 9 different ways.

The ideas and suggestions below are meant to be helpful on your journey of self-discovery and change.

Restarting your life can be an overwhelming process.  Remember, the most important thing you can do is take the first step and then keep the momentum going after that.

You will eventually get to where you want to be.

1. Create good habits for a healthy restart.

One way to reset your life is to start with your habits.  A good habit is a behavior that you do repeatedly and contributes to your well-being.

This starts with becoming aware of what you need to change in the first place.  Once you're aware of what needs to change, then you can take action to start your life anew.

In his book, "THE POWER OF HABIT" Charles Duhigg goes into detail about how habits are formed.

He stated that establishing good habits require recognizing 3 basic functions that make up a habit loop, which are the following 3:

  • Routine
  • Reward
  • Cue

The routine is the behavior you want to change, the reward is the thing that satisfies or fulfills the craving or desire, and the cue is the trigger for the behavior.

Establishing good habits takes time.  You can do it in baby steps if you need to, according to James Clear, author of "ATOMIC HABITS".

You can make big improvements in your life if you are able to achieve your goals, even if they're embarrassingly small.  Lots of little goals & habits over time can add up to huge change.

2. Know yourself better to change your life.

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."  - Aristotle

One way to restart your life is to get to know yourself better.  When you know what you want you can create a life that is aligned with what your heart desires.

This means:

You also need to assess the major areas of your life so you know what needs to be dealt with first in order to change your life for the better.  They include:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Financial
  • Occupational
  • Emotional
  • Environmental

Make a list of all the things that you need to change in your life so you can start all over again.  If you need some help, you can download my free True Bliss Guide, to know yourself better.

3.  Discover your purpose in life.

If you want to start over, you need to know what your purpose in life is.

Your purpose in life is the reason why you do what you do, whether it's getting up out of bed, going to work, studying for school, or doing things you enjoy.

I began my journey to find my purpose in life by following what it was that lit me up inside.  It took a little experimenting and trying new things, but I eventually found my purpose in life, which is to be a healer and nurturer for myself and others.

You can start by making a list of the things you want to learn, what sparks your creativity, what you are passionate about, what you want to contribute to the world, and what you are already good at.

Make a list of the things that ignite the fire in you and align them with your values and beliefs.

4. Find a good support system.

Find people who will support you in your journey of starting over, especially if you think it might be a long and difficult road.

Studies have shown that having a good support system is essential in maintaining your health physically and mentally.  Here are some of the benefits:

  • Enhances resilience to stress.
  • Reduces stress hormone cortisol.
  • May moderate genetic and environmental vulnerabilities.
  • May facilitate positive health outcomes.

When you are trying to change your life, having people with whom you can be accountable will make you more likely to follow through and commit to your goals.

You don't have to have a large network of friends, just 1 or 2 people that you can trust with your goals for resetting your life is sufficient.

Remember to also support yourself by practicing kindness.  Doing random acts of kindness for yourself and others will not only support you but the people that you need support from.

5. Declutter and organize your life.

There's something so satisfying about cleaning and organizing your space.  It gives you a sense of control and clarity when your room is decluttered and well kept.

I don't know about you, but I always feel lighter and more refreshed when I get rid of things I don't need anymore and I actually have space to move through.

It feels like my house can breathe and flow.  Things are easier to reach and put away and activities are easier to do.

There are so many ways to declutter these days, from the popular "KonMari" method to the countless YouTube videos on decluttering, organizing, cleaning, and simplifying. There's almost no excuse not to do it.

When it comes to organizing, one way that has been super helpful for me is using a planner.  Though I've used many planners in my life, there are two that I love, which are the "SMART PLANNER" and the "PANDA PLANNER".

These are undated planners that you can start any time of the year.  They help you organize your life and keep track of habits and other goals to improve your life.

MENTAL CLUTTER.

In addition to getting rid of physical clutter, you can also declutter your mind through meditation, mindfulness, journaling, or seeking help.

Getting rid of the things you no longer need, physically & mentally, will help give your life a total reset.

6. Be more intentional.

Becoming more intentional can help you reset your life in many different ways.

Gary Zukav, the author of "THE SEAT OF THE SOUL", says that everything in your life starts with your intention.

It's the energy that comes from the point of awareness right up to the point of action.  It can help set the trajectory for how you want to live your life.

Here are some ways to become more intentional with your life.

Meditation.

This is one of the best ways to calm yourself, connect with yourself, and reach a place of inner peace and clarity.  If you have never meditated before, I highly recommend it as a starting point for resetting your life.

You can listen to guided meditations or find free ones online.  There are several apps that can help guide your practice as well, including Headspace and Calm.

Gratitude Journal.

A gratitude journal can help you reset in several ways.  When you express gratitude, you become more appreciative of the things that are in your life that you're taking for granted.

You become grateful for the little things in life that add tremendous joy and pleasure.

Expressing gratitude can also promote happiness and good experiences, like feeling more positive emotions, relishing good experiences, improving your health, increasing your resilience when things get tough, and building strong relationships.

Forgiveness.

Forgiveness is another great way to give your life a reset.

The most important thing to remember is that it's not about letting the other person off the hook.  It's about allowing yourself to let go of all resentment & negative energy that is trapped inside.

The second most important thing to remember is to make sure you're ready to forgive before you actually do it.  You can't truly forgive someone until you have released all the negative emotions toward them and you're no longer triggered by them.

We forgive because we think that it's the right thing to do, other people tell us to, or we're coerced into doing it.

No one can tell you how or when you can truly forgive someone else.  Only you know when the time is right to forgive and let go.

Compassion.

When you're restarting your life, you want to practice compassion toward yourself because there might be a lot of stuff going on in your life and it may cause you to judge yourself or compare yourself to others.

You might be tempted to model your life after someone else because your ideal version of your own life pales in comparison, or so it seems that way.

Compassion has a way of helping you deal with feelings of shame or guilt that might arise when you're starting your life all over again.

7. Reset your life with a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is important if you want to do a life reset.  When you're restarting your life, you want to make sure you cover 3 main parts of life, which are the mind, body, and spirit.

There are a lot of factors that go into maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which is why I like to take a simple approach.

Some healthy lifestyle factors include eating right, exercising enough, staying well-hydrated, getting enough sleep, handling stress, getting regular checkups, and keeping your brain sharp.

Start with one area that you feel needs the most attention and then pick one goal that you can easily accomplish and do it regularly until it becomes a habit.

When you've adopted the new healthy habit into your life, repeat with a new goal until it becomes another new habit, and then add that into your routine.  You can repeat this process over and over and change it as needed.

8. Design your ideal future to restart your life.

When it comes to resetting your life, you want to imagine what your ideal future is going to look like.  It gives you a reference point for where you want to go.

One way to design your ideal future is to ask yourself the following questions.

  • What type of job or career do I want to have?
  • How will I support myself in my future life?
  • What do I want in a relationship?
  • What skills do I possess?
  • What would I like to learn?
  • What would my ideal day look like?
  • What qualities would I like in a partner?
  • What can I contribute to the world?
  • What kind of goals do I want to set?
  • Who or what can support me in my future?

Another way to design your ideal future is to create a vision board.  A vision board is typically made of a collection of images and words that inspire, motivate, or evoke a positive emotion.

These images and words are the things that you desire and want to manifest in your life.

Some people like cutting up pictures and inspirational words from magazines; while others like putting together a swipe file of screenshots from their computer or smart phone.

You can use any medium to make your vision board, as long as it sparks your imagination and enables you to connect with the images and words emotionally.

9. Set your life goals.

Once you've figured out what you want in life, you can start creating your life goals so you can start living your new life.

Your life goals are the things you want to achieve in specific areas of your life like your health, personal life, social life, and career goals.

They give you a road map for where you need to take action so you can make changes and improvements in your life.

When setting goals, make sure they're SMART, meaning:

S - Specific: Write in detail what it is you want to accomplish.

M - Measurable: Be sure you're able to keep track of your goal.

A - Achievable: Make sure your goal is attainable.

R - Realistic: Set a realistic goal that can be achieved within a certain amount of time.

T - Time-bound: Make sure you give yourself enough time to reach your goal.  If you need to, you can break your goal down into smaller goals that are easier to accomplish.

Closing thoughts on resetting your life.

Resetting your life can be challenging. But it’s worth the effort in order to make your ideal future self reality and to build a life you enjoy living every day.

In order to restart your life, you want to make sure you know who you are, what your values are, what makes you happy, what your passions & purpose are, with whom you want to spend your time, what your dream job looks like, and what being healthy looks like to you.

It all starts with just one small goal, then you build on top of each one until you find that your entire life has changed and improved from top to bottom.

I hope you found these tips to reset your life helpful.  Do you have any to share?  Please let me know in the comments!

Christine Songco is the creator of Third Bliss and is passionate about helping others thrive holistically by finding passion, meaning, and purpose in life. Christine has been featured in WebMD, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Philips Lifeline, Owl Guru, and The Lifestyle Blogger UK.

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