When a loved one is going through difficult times, or even addiction, it can feel like nothing can be done to help them feel better. Eventually, it feels impossible and overwhelming. People can offer platitudes like ‘it gets better,’ or ‘stay the course,’ which don’t really offer solace in times of turmoil and personal struggle. It takes time to get up and go, to gain the momentum to get moving forward again in the midst of life’s challenges.
Moving beyond the struggle takes some time. It will not happen overnight. To gain momentum, it helps to have some tips to help get started on the journey, in spite of life’s overwhelming challenges.
- Self-care is a must. Changing patterns or actions in life cannot happen without having some perspective. Taking naps, soaking in a warm bath, reading a good book, and finding a hobby can help build momentum to get out of life’s funk and turn things around. Pretty soon, resilience is the name of the game and a person can get back on their feet and feel like progress is being made in a forward direction.
- Don’t give up. The number one thing people who struggle will tell others in the same boat is not to give up. Don’t even make it an option or thought. Trying to make changes often requires rewiring the brain, uprooting oneself from what is comfortable, and changing life around with some small steps. Like a baby learning to walk, most cannot just get up and go without crawling first. Crawl, stand up, take those baby steps forward. Don’t skip the middle because that’s how a person learns resilience.
- Don’t do it alone. First of all, doing anything alone kind of stinks when it comes to getting out of a mucky situation. Community, friends, and support networks are key to helping to get moving again after feeling let down by life. Other people are probably going through some similar stuff, so don’t try to do it alone. Find like-minded people who understand and ask them for advice and support.
- Stay positive. Nobody ever gets where they want in life by being overly negative. Being positive is a much better way to stay focused and clear on goals. It is also a better way to get rid of feelings of overwhelm and start to progress on personal goals.
Getting up and moving when life brings a person down can be really hard, but worthwhile. Don’t just settle for getting by, take some steps day-by-day that allow room to grow and move forward towards bigger goals. Seeing progress will help alleviate feelings of anxiety and overwhelm by not feeling like it makes a difference. Even little bit of progress towards the goal matters.
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