Life smacks us hard when we least expect it. How well equipped are we to handle such incidents?
While we have friends and family to get us through these periods, it requires a fair amount of effort on our part as well. So what can you do ?
#1. Pamper yourself
Have you ever noticed that pampering your self goes a long way towards making you feel good? For some people, its going shopping, working on the car, playing the guitar, taking a long bubble bath, exercising, eating ice cream .....
What makes you feel comforted?
#2. Remember good times
When we go through a rough patch, it is the bad memories that keep hunting us. Take a stroll down memory lane (use a photo album if you have to!) and remember the good old days when life was less weary.
#3. There is no point in asking yourself 'Why'
Have you been running round in circles in your mind, wondering why. Why Me, why , oh why. True, it's hard not to.
I think only God has the answers to all why questions. In the meantime, you can ask a different question. 'What did I learn?'
#4. Help someone
Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Helping someone will make you feel needed. I'm sure whoever it is, will be appreciative of your effort. It will also help, to keep you occupied.
#5. Remember the less fortunate
A few months ago, I used to visit a neurology ward twice a day, everyday for nearly three weeks. Walking through the beds on either side made me feel very lucky. Mainly because, I was the visitor not the patient! Most of the patients warded, couldn't walk and/or talk. Additionally, some even had eyesight problems.
Anyway, that was a couple of months back when my father underwent brain surgery. I still think about some patients, which I came to know within that time. I wonder what their fate at the moment is.
Every time I feel down, I do my best to recall my time at the ward. It reminds me, there are others, who are in a lot worse position, than I am.
#6 Tough times don't last, but tough people do
'Time heals all wounds' is a popular advice. Have you ever felt like slapping anyone
who gave this advice? I am sure they all mean well. Somehow, when we have sunk real deep, its difficult to come to terms, that one day it will be alright. Even though at the time you dont admit it or even consider the possibility, from life experiences I can say that it is true. I bet if you were to recap your past, you can too! One day at a time, takes us to happy land, eventually.
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