Experiencing depression or anxiety or dissatisfaction, or even curiosity or hope -- these can all be interpreted as signals that it may be time for a change.
Yet often we ignore these signals, and instead do things to distract ourselves, or to make ourselves feel better in the short run without really addressing the underlying issues. But avoidance can make things worse in the long run, especially if it involves the use of alcohol or substances, or processes like computer overuse, choices that can themselves become problematic.
Sometimes, we simply are not certain what else we could do.... and coping strategies that have worked in the past no longer seem to work. It can be important to learn the benefits and costs of what we are doing now, so that we can become open to using even better strategies.
Increasing self-understanding can be a good first step in making changes that will optimize how we feel about our life, our relationships, and ourselves.
Talking with a trained and objective professional can help make the change process easier and less intimidating.
If you would like to understand what is keeping you from being your better self, or even to identify what that better self might be, counseling can help.