There are many reasons why you might feel down. Maybe you don’t love your job, or you might feel like you lack creativity lately. There can be plenty of personal reasons that life isn’t going your way. Do you need an extra boost of inspiration in your life? Are you running a project or business but seem to be giving up? Try out these tips to help yourself first so you can start performing your best for the new year.
1. Practice Mindfulness
What is mindfulness? According to Mindful.org, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Staying present and learning how to enjoy the moment instead of stressing about the past or future can be strengthened through meditation.
Are you new to meditation? There are various meditation apps that can help you get started on your mindful journey. Apps like Headspace, Calm and Balance can give you a great intro to a guided meditation if you aren’t sure how to do it. You can even read a book on Mindfulness, like 10% Happier by Dan Harris, to help you better understand the concept.
2. Go to Your Support Circle
Did you ever feel down and then vented to someone close to feel better? Releasing your inner worries to those close to you can help you through tough times. Having a strong support group comes in various forms, but knowing that you can lean on someone when you are stressed or worried can do wonders.
Surrounding yourself with people that lift you up and are they themselves driven can rub off on you in a good way. Sometimes the people you hang out with the most reflect on who you are as a person. If you keep seeing people that are lost or depressed, it won’t be surprising if you feel the same. Try to surround yourself with those that make you feel better. If someone brings you down, it could be advised to distance yourself from them if possible.
3. Get Professional Help
Sometimes when the going gets tough, finding professional help can help. Having this type of support can help anyone, but it’s likely that people find someone like this when in a hard situation (not when everything is fine).
Long-term therapy often helps you see changes that you might miss. Your therapist can point out your progress when you’re mixed up in the middle of a mental battle. Just like having support from a friend, having professional guidance can provide immense support without a biased view from someone close to you.
Or try joining a support group therapy sessions if you don’t want one-on-one meetings. They often times are less expensive too. You could even look at online therapy sessions if you want to gain the advantage of therapy remotely.
4. Find Your Why
Do you often feel lost and without a purpose? Sometimes you might feel demotivated because you don’t have a motivational pull in a certain direction. When you have a reason why you’re doing something, it is oftentimes even more important than what you’re doing. Simon Sinek wrote a book (or two) on this topic, and he believes that you can create your why, which drives purpose. Having a good idea of your strong why helps you to filter out decisions and even
Simon Sinek has written two books, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team, which could help you get motivated if you are feeling lost. Finding purpose is of course quite beneficial, but finding out HOW to find purpose is another story. These books may help you find your why.
5. Embrace Failure and Build Resilience
Life can’t always be so rosy. There are ups and downs, and the tough times teach us some important lessons. It’s hard to understand that tough situations can teach us. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us and we feel hopeless, but it’s our responsibility to act differently rather than react and feel like a victim. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everything, but many times our thinking habits can become a downward spiral that is hard to catch before you’re down in the dumps. Learning how to calm down during a storm can be learned.
Building resilience can greatly help your wellbeing in tough times. What does it mean to have resilience? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Resilience won’t make your problems go away — but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress.” Building resilience can be learned, just like meditation.
The Mayo Clinic suggests taking these measures to strengthen your resilience:
- Build strong relationships with others
- Making every day meaningful
- Learn from hard times and continue to improve your coping skills
- Stay hopeful for a brighter future
- Take proper care of yourself (and your mental health)
- Be proactive and actively change things instead of being reactive
How can you change your dread when everything seems to be falling apart? Take a moment to breathe, meditate, exercise, or do something you love to feel inspired. Spend time with loved ones, or find professional support if you feel like you need some extra support. All of the previously mentioned tips can help you to feel better again.
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