Making a Shift: What You’ll Need On Your Journey
Making a shift isn’t a straightforward path, there are going to be ups and downs that can shake things up, or slow things down…
When you find yourself taking a few steps back or leaving the path altogether (trust us, we’ve all been there), we just need to remind ourselves of some reaffirming factors so we can keep making the positive shifts in our lives. Here are some things to focus on to keep you motivated and confident when making a shift.
Build a support network around you.
When we are on the path to change, more often than not, we hit obstacles that knock us off-kilter. If your confidence is rocked, you may find it difficult to get back on course.
Surrounding yourself with the help you need generates a positive atmosphere. Your network might consist of a specialist practitioner, a group or community, or even supportive friends and family who will support you. Talk to somebody, and connect. Having the support means that in times of doubt, uncertainty or pain you have positive voices fighting your corner.
To shift we need to be resilient, but we also need to be vulnerable. If you need help or support, just ask.
At Shift, we offer complimentary 15min new patient assessments with our naturopaths. To take advantage of this, use this booking form.
Expand your knowledge
Getting the right information about what you need to do can empower you to make the right decisions surrounding what you need.
Educating yourself by reading further upon an issue, seeking professional advice or utilizing mediums such as podcasts, can encourage you to be more aware of what is happening to you, and what the options are that lay before you, to move forward in the right way.
You’ll find plenty of great resources on this site, or listen to The Shift Podcast for inspiration to help you make your shift. Episode 2 specifically covers what you need to do make a shift and has some amazing stories and anecdotes.
Trust in the process
There are no quick fixes or shortcuts when trying to heal yourself, and the truth is depending on where you are on your own shift, you may have months of work ahead of you. What you need to consistently have in mind is, this is a process and processes take time.
Once you understand that, take into consideration:
- Persistence works. Even if you don’t feel like you’re progressing, you really are, so keep going.
- You will only see positive changes if you are open and willing to find them, even if they are small.
- If you think that it’s going to be too hard, then you will end up fulfilling this prophecy.
- The journey is not linear. Be prepared to encounter roadblocks.
Quell your inner critic
Sometimes the inner voice can be the loudest one we hear. There’s a simple solution to silencing the murmurings, and negative mutterings inside your head. Ask yourself, “Would I talk to my friends the same way I talk to myself?”
Be kind, shifting takes courage and you should acknowledge that. We are much too hard on ourselves – you’re taking steps and instigating change, be proud of what you are accomplishing. You can do this.
Listen to your body
Are you listening? Taking stock and eavesdropping on what your body is saying is hugely important. You might suddenly feel tired or experience fluctuating anxiety? Or maybe after enjoying a meal you have bouts of gas or express other symptoms that change or intensify?
Pain, inflammation, discomfort or a general unwell feeling are the little red flags we need to pay attention too. It is part of your body’s language, informing you something has shifted or needs to be rebalanced. Imbalances are easy to treat, but if left to their own devices, these small issues can turn into bigger problems like a disease. Each stage of the shift you take will mean an adjustment inside you, make sure you aren’t pushing yourself beyond what your body can handle. Listen to what it’s telling you and adjust wherever needed.
If you’re not functioning properly on an internal level you won’t end up making good, healthy decisions. Seeking advice from a healthcare professional is well worth the time, and can help you stay on the right path, or make your way back to it.
Remember, you deserve to be healthy and happy. For more insights on gut health and making the shift in your life, listen to The Shift Podcast.