It can be extremely difficult to make choices that impact the people around you, responsibilities or commitments. Much of the time, these decisions can bring so much anxiety and worry with them. However, there are times when we have to step back, evaluate and make that choice, because it is right for us.

Choices can be Hard

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This, in many respects, is quite a personal article. I have decided that I need to reduce the time I spend on The Wonderment, despite my passion for the topics and my love of writing. There were many factors in my decision making process, but ultimately my focus and energy is needed elsewhere. So, instead of five articles a week, there will be two to three published.

It was difficult to go down this route. I have put a lot of hard work and effort into the magazine and its content. I adore it and am extremely passionate about the subject of mental health. Right now though, I am needed elsewhere in my personal life and something had to give.

Despite the difficulty of the choice I am making, I know that this is what is right for me at the moment. That if I do not make this change, my mental health would be affected.

How Do We Make These Choices?

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It is all about weighing up the benefits and effects, the pros and cons of the situation you are facing. You have to remember that no one can make these choices for you and that in itself can be a tough pill to swallow!

Taking stock of what is happening around you and how you can improve the situation is vital. This can be about anything of course. You may need a weekend of peace and quiet, but have made arrangements to go out for a meal. You may need to stop putting off speaking to someone about your mental health, but worry how your life will be altered after. It could be something more or less severe. No issue is too small, if you feel distress or upset around a situation then you need to work to resolve it.

Your choices are your own. Talk to those you feel it may effect or cause discord, but don’t feel beholden to anyone or anything. At the end of the day you need to remember your mental health is important. Looking after yourself is not wrong, it is needed and deserved by every single person.

Next Steps

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Half of the time making the decision is the hard part, the rest of the time it could be implimenting those changes. Hopefully, support of loved ones and understanding will surround you making this much easier.

Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself, be kind to you as a person. After all, there is no point making changes and replacing the anxieties with new ones.

If you can talk it through with someone trusted and believe that you are doing what is right for you in this moment.

You can find lots of information on self-care and wellbeing throughout The Wonderment.

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About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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