Life is tough. It would be great if things always turned out the way we want it but that’s not reality. The reality is, many times, we get the things we want least.
You will face many rough patches throughout life and dealing with these events can quite often be very difficult. Different people will cope with these situations differently. Some will turn to drugs, some will become depressed, and some will soldier on.
What can you do during these times?
Much of how we respond to bad events will depend on our mentality. If you have a mindset that says you’ll get through this and that nothing will keep you down, then you’ll likely get through it in one piece. You can try injected yourself with positive thoughts and quotes.
You could surround yourself with people who have been through tough times and have made it out alive. These people will usually have a better understanding of what you’re going through and can help you see that there is hope.
Sometimes, you just need some time. For some challenges, the passing of time in of itself will make things better (if you use that time correctly) but for other challenges, you must actively do something in order to get out of your rut.
The route many people take, since it’s the easiest, is to just give up. Giving up is something anyone can do because it doesn’t take much effort. You simply just have to not do anything, sulk, and complain about how bad life is without making any changes to improve your situation.
Obviously, this isn’t a good decision to make. You can feel sorry for yourself all you want but things aren’t likely going to change until you make the decision to change things yourself.
Of course, this really all depends on your situation and what sort of difficulty you’re going through. If you’re going through a death of a loved one, then there’s not much you can do aside from letting time pass. If you’re going through some financial difficulty, then that’s something you can actually do something about and something where sitting around and doing nothing won’t really help much.
Inner strength can come from anywhere. If you believe in God, find strength and hope from that. If you don’t, try meditating and just living in the now.
Another idea is to write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal/diary. Often times, writing what you’re thinking down will help you figure out what you need to do. Sometimes, it’s just good to get your thoughts out without anyone arguing and debating with you.
Know that whatever you’re going through, you’ll get through it. Also know that there will be more challenges to come. This isn’t to make you depressed, it’s to put reality into perspective. The only people who never have difficulties and challenges are people who live in the grave.
Life can be wonderful and amazing if you let it be. Sure, you’ll have bad times but you’ll also have good times. Focus on what’s good in your life and you’ll find that you’ll tend to experience more of it.
So stay strong, have some faith that things will get better, and enjoy life as much as you can.