It’s human nature to experience feelings of despair and hopelessness from time to time, but it should also be in your nature to overcome these emotions by realizing greater happiness in your life. Even though this is far easier said than done, most worthwhile things tend to be this way—please read the list below to make overcoming sadness more easily “done.”
#1: Cracks are the starts of breaks.
When you start to question whether or not you’re broken, you’re probably cracking (which can rapidly lead to breakage). This is the time when you need to open yourself up—and open your eyes up—to any and all positivity that exists in your life. If you can begin to recognize more enjoyable aspects of life as opposed to the negative ones, then cracks can be filled and repaired before they lead to a breakdown.
#2: Accept feelings instead of ignoring or burying them.
Whether it means crying, screaming, or even falling to our knees, it’s vital to accept reality as opposed to trying to convince ourselves that reality is different than how it actually is. Only by accepting reality can you release the negativity it has caused and moves on from it.
#3. Remember to learn, grow, and become stronger.
As alluded to, it’s inevitable that all human beings will experience disappointment, failure, and sadness in life. However, it’s crucial to learn from all of these experiences and emotions so you’re better equipped to persevere with future trials and tribulations throughout your lifetime. Again, it’s easier said than done, but it’s imperative to look at things as positively and as productively as possible.
#4: Maintain practical perspectives.
Everyone has heard the old saying “don’t act like the world revolves around you,” but, like most cliches, this one couldn’t be truer. Even if your problem or problems are extremely serious, there are countless people on the planet who are much worse off—and global problems are more life-threatening than all these issues combined. It won’t make you happy to think about these truths, but it will provide you with a better grasp and perspective of your situation.
#5: Maintain support networks.
Everyone needs a little help from their friends, family members, and other loves ones sometimes. Make sure you’re there for these people when they need you to be, and someone should be there for you whenever you need special support.
#6: Focus on positives.
As discussed, virtually any situation has several positive and negative aspects to it, even if the experience is mostly positive or negative overall. If you find it hard to see the positives in life, oftentimes it really does help to go outside, absorb some sunshine, and reconnect with nature in general. It’s impossible to miss the beauty and positivity of the natural world.
#7: Don’t assume that all thoughts or feelings are true or accurate.
Thoughts and emotions come and go rapidly, but they aren’t generated by any master truth machine or by any inner intuition. Sure, sometimes you just have a feeling about something that turns out to be true, but these instances are far from usual; most thoughts and feelings are either random or genuinely impossible to rightly understand. So, don’t let these types of faux-intuitions prevent you from speaking, acting, and experiencing happiness.
#8: Life isn’t a highway—it’s a rollercoaster.
The highway metaphor may work better in rock songs, but life is anything but a smooth and solitary drive; in fact, life much more closely resembles a high-speed, twisting, turning, unpredictable adventure. What’s more, life is far less predictable than a trip up or down a highway, and life’s middle and end resemble those of rollercoasters far more than those of roadways.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.