Remember These Things to Stay Happy When Life Gets Tough

You know what it’s like sometimes. It feels hard to stay afloat when things are tough. But these are the times when you need to look after yourself, be kind and support yourself through it. Remember, this too will end. Hard times come and hard times go. In the meantime, here are some things to remember and hold onto until the sun comes back into your life.

 

1. Let Go

Don’t let your happiness depend on externals, whether it’s other people’s achievements and expectations, or some abstract social media life fantasy. Let go of trying to impress people or keep up with the world and choose to be happy your way. 

2. It’s okay to be not okay

Sometimes things don’t go right. You make a mistake; you don’t get the promotion, you might get sick. Allow yourself to feel angry or hurt or sad. Give yourself some space, feel the emotions and give yourself time to recover. Soon it will be another experience to learn from and leave behind. And if you need help, ask for it. Whether it’s a hug or advice or even some counseling, it’s ok to ask for whatever you need.

3. You can do it

No matter what sort of tough time you’re having right now, look back and remember when you have gone through challenges before. You made it through then; you’ll make it through this time. Believe in yourself and your capacity to do what you need to do to overcome whatever is in your way. Guaranteed you’ll come out the other side with more self-knowledge and better equipped to deal with whatever life throws at you. 

4.Be kind to yourself

When things are going badly, be extra kind to yourself and ramp up the self-care. Take some time off if you truly need it! Have your favorite food, eat some chocolate, have a long luxurious bath, go for a walk in nature. Do whatever you need to feel better. 

5. Stay in the present

It’s easy to get caught up in berating yourself for past mistakes or getting into anxious knots about the future. Staying in the present is vital for dealing with what’s right in front of you. Hindsight is only useful if you learn from it. Otherwise, you’re just beating yourself up for no good reason. 

Learn to stay in and appreciate the present moment. No matter what’s going on around you, there will always be something to enjoy and be grateful for, even if it’s just your cup of coffee! But chances are there are a lot of things in your life that are still good. Look around, notice and appreciate what you have right now.  

 

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