What To Do When Life Gets You Down*

*This is a collaborative post*

Sometimes, life does not go the way we want it to. Despite our best efforts to remain in good spirits, events spiral out of control. We might…

  • Suffer a relationship breakup
  • Lose our job
  • Have a fallout with a friend or family member
  • Suffer from money woes
  • Get bored with our life and the way it is heading

When life gets you down, you could do nothing about it. You might…

  • Wallow in self-pity
  • Comfort eat, drink, and spend money
  • Resign yourself to what life has thrown your way
  • Complain to anybody who will listen to you
  • Lose yourself to negative thoughts and behaviours

To be honest, many of us have done one or all of those things when life has kicked us to the floor. It’s natural; sometimes we get into a place of hurt, and our reactions are not always helpful. C’est la vie! But there is a better way to think, a better way to behave, a better way to move forward, despite the setbacks we have faced. When life gets you down, you should…

  • Take a break from the situation. If you can get away for a few days, spend time with family and friends outside of what life has thrown you, or find time to be alone somewhere relaxing, you may get to a place where you can take perspective on your life. Re-energise, repair your broken spirit, and regain control over the negative thoughts that may be permeating through your mind.

  • Seek help. If you are struggling with something that can’t easily be solved, find the people who can lift you out of your situation. If depression takes a hold, see your doctor. Consider the benefits of therapy from services such as Caroline Bronte Counselling; that person you can talk to without judgement or fear. Find self-help groups relevant to your solution. And speak to the people who love you, friends and family who will offer you that caring arm of support.

  • Practice gratitude, being thankful for all the good things you have in your life, rather than focussing on the bad. List these things, and remind yourself of them every time your mind errs on the negative side of your life. Hopefully, you should find the good outweighs the bad, and your mood may be lifted as a result.

  • Ditch anything that is bad for you, whether they are directly or indirectly responsible for the way you are feeling. If you are in any kind of toxic relationship, be that a boyfriend or a so-called friend, perhaps it’s time you let go of them. If you engage in any behaviours that are not helping your situation, then try and break the hold they have over you. If there is anything else that is causing you to be unhappy, start to take action to eliminate them from your life. By taking control of these things today, you may have a happier tomorrow.

  • Fight back. Why are you down? What has happened? Take control of the situation, and do something rather than nothing about it. If something can be changed, if you do have the power to alter your situation, then fight alone or with help, no matter how insurmountable the odds seem against you. David did beat Goliath, after all!

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None of us are immune to hardship. Life will sometimes get us down. But we don’t need to be defeated by whatever situation we find ourselves in. Follow our simple tips, do what you need to do to turn your life around, and you will hopefully find yourself in a better place again.

Take care, and thanks for reading.

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