Did you see the news?
About two weeks ago, every major news outlet was talking about the highest quit rate in American history. The statistics varied, but essentially May had the highest number of people quit their jobs. They cited many different reasons, one of them being that people feel they can find better jobs.
I think that’s only part of the story.
I think we’re in a quitter’s renaissance! We’re quitting much more than our jobs.
- Toxic people
- Negative mindsets
- Unhealthy foods
- Unhealthy practices (More and more people are quitting or reducing alcohol intake!)
- Sedentary lifestyles
- Crappy traditions that don’t support us.
- Shitty towns that don’t support our new lifestyles
- Homes that are too big or too small
- so much more!
I think that as we’re moving through this pandemic/post pandemic time, we’re focusing on what’s important to us. We’ve spent more than a year locked up and we’re realizing that not only can we do with less, but we also don’t care as much as we thought we did.
Now some of this may be because I’m 51 and my mindset is shifting. Instead of having a closet full of designer clothes, I have a handful of nice items that I wear often. I’ve scaled down my belongings and my needs are fewer. My car is paid off. I don’t own a home, and life has gotten pretty simple.
I didn’t quit my job in May, but I did quit it last week.
I decided instead of bending my life to fit a job and dealing with the anxiety that cause, I’m going to go back to what works for me. Writing, helping others with my writing, and a part time somewhat social job. We’ll see. I’m shifting my focus and it feels amazing!
A month or so ago I wrote about languishing. That feeling of not giving any fucks about anything really, not being able to find much joy, and if there was a spark of joy, it didn’t last.
I think, in part, that’s because we’re trying to fit our lives into an old model and maybe that’s not the right path anymore. If you start taking a look at what does actually bring you joy, focus on that. Grab that activity and find a way to do more of it.
Stop languishing and embrace the quitter’s renaissance. (FYI – the definition of renaissance is: a revival of or renewed interest in something. So a renewed interest in yourself, YOUR life, and your path!)
Maybe you won’t be able to quit your job, but maybe you can do less of it, or maybe you can shift your focus at your job to highlight the things that you do like about it. But this time of quitting isn’t just about quitting a job. It’s about quitting what doesn’t work for you and finding what does!
Regarding your health…
I firmly believe that mental and emotional health and physical health are tightly bound together. Sugar and alcohol impact my mood and conversely my mood and mindset affect my food choices and how I move (or don’t move) my body. When I’m depressed or languishing, I sleep more. When I’m engaged with the world and enjoying what I’m doing, I don’t need as much sleep.
It’s how I approach coaching with my clients…each program (self-directed or one-on-one coached) is designed to support the individual’s needs, goals, and personality.
I know that nothing is going to stick and last if it doesn’t support your lifestyle and your goals. For example, in my new book, Break Up with Sugar for Good, I provide readers with the tools to create their own sugar elimination path. Do you quit everything all at once? Taper? Quit categories of sugary foods? Based on the questions and information provided, you’re given everything you need to succeed and finally cut added sugar out of your life.
This is the time to start getting rid of what doesn’t support you to thrive and to start embracing what does.
What makes you feel amazing?
What makes you feel like shit?
How can you embrace more of what makes you feel amazing and cut out or drastically reduce the shitty?
It Takes Time Folks!
I’ve been thinking about quitting my job for months. I thought it would be the dream job and it just wasn’t. That was a hard pill to swallow and it took a lot of crying, yelling, and faking it to come to the realization that as much as I wanted it to be, it wasn’t my path. It takes time to figure out what foods and activities support you too. It took me at least 10 years to find an exercise practice that I love.
The point is….
Be patient with yourself and your process as you figure out what you love and what you hate. Be patient with yourself as you work to focus on the things you love, the lifestyle that supports you to thrive, and the person you want to become.
Your physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected. Focus on one area or one improvement and it impacts other areas of your life. Choose something that’s impactful. Something easy that you know you can do that will have a big impact on your life.
To your amazing life!