When everything seems to be falling apart around you, it is easy to sink down into a world of feeling sorry for yourself and the feeling that things are never going to get better. However, even when everything around you is going wrong it is important to try to look on the bright side of things. Therefore, here are five ways to stay positive when you really want to feel depressed.
- Find a positive
Finding positive is where you try to find a good situation in the midst of the bad situation. No matter what you are going through there is something good about your life. As least, you have a bed to sleep in because there are people out there who do not have that. At least you have a home or you had something to eat today, because there are some people who do not have that. Even if you are homeless on the street with no place to live, then be thankful that you are still breathing. Because as long as you are still breathing there is a chance for things to change and as long as things can change, then things can get better.
2. Maybe Your Downfall is a Blessing
I cannot tell you how many stories I read about people who were fired from their job and that is what motivated them to start their own business or to write their own book. I believe that sometimes things get bad for you because it is God’s way of waking you up and telling you, you need to move forward and not stay stuck. Sometimes you have to be pushed into something new and the only way for that to happen is for things to get bad for you (read my blog here on jump or be pushed). I have learned that when people are in a sink or swim situation (read my blog here on sinking or swimming), their survival instincts will kick in and they will find a way to swim. The thing is that they would have never found that instinct if they were never put into a do or die situation.
3. Get Control Of Yourself
Believe it or not, you can chose to be the master of your own emotions (read my blog here on controlling your emotions). You do not have to allow every negative thought to fester in your head until it consumes you. It is important to squash those thoughts at their onset. You have to choose to think about something positive or to act happy when you do not feel happy. Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. Do something good for something else. Do something that will make you happy. When you focus on negative emotions then you will start to feel sorry for yourself. The fact of the matter is that no one is going to feel sorry for yourself as much as you feel sorry for yourself (read my blog here on that topic). And staying in a negative mindset will lead you into more depression
4. Talk To God
Did you know that when you talk to God He can talk back (read my blog here on that topic and here)? Who better to ask about your situation and what you should do then God. I have had angry conversations with God (read my blog here that). I have screamed at Him. And after I calm down and stop acting so irrational, He talks back. He calms my spirit, gives me direction, and tells me what I need to do in the midst of my hardship. So when you feel lost and like you have nowhere to go and no one to talk to. God is there and He can help lead you out of that.
5. What Have You Done
For many people this is a hard pill to swallow. Because there are many times that, you are the reason for your downfall. And you will continue to spiral out of control because you are the problem. But instead of seeing yourself as the problem you want to blame other people and all these situations that just so happen to happen to you. You want to play the victim. Now that I have ripped the Band-Aid off. It is not too late to change it. You need to reflect on what steps you need to do or how you need to change to get yourself out of your depression. You need to have a come to Jesus moment with yourself and asked yourself “Am I my own worst enemy” or “Am I the reason for my problems.” If so, you need to figure out how you can change that.
We have all had our downfalls. I have had many that I do not even tell people about. But I chose to put a smile on my face through it all, I chose to make changes in my life, and I chose to keep working because I knew I did not want to be in rock bottom forever. That is why I encourage everyone that is facing hardship to know that it will past and like the old saying goes. Trouble don’t last always.