Are you feeling lost and confused? Are you at a low point in your life where you've hit the metaphorical wall and are thinking, "What do I do now?" It's an awful feeling that can strike at any age and time and unfortunately we end up dealing with it more often than we care to.
Many things can put you in this place in your life. Losing a loved one, losing a job, financial trouble, medical issues and the list can go on and on. The important thing to remember is that there is a way out of these all-consuming-dark places. Here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Don't let the feeling overwhelm you.
It may feel easier to just sit and immerse yourself in the dark emotions but if you are too focused on the negative, you may never see the way out. Solutions can present themselves at any time, so you have to be ready to grab hold of that escape rope when it comes.
2. Focus on the good around you.
Being in a negative situation leads to negative thoughts. Negative thoughts lead to more feelings of being down. Feelings of being down lead to more negative thoughts. It's a viscious downhill cycle. Spend time thinking of what good you have in your life. Anything good such as, "I can read, I can tie my own shoes, I woke up this morning and made it to work/class." Anything positive, no matter how insignificant it may feel at the time, is still positive. Use the power of positive thinking to bring yourself to a better state of mind. Sometimes that one step in the right direction will put you on the path which takes you up and out of the hole that was dragging you further down.
3. Recognize that not everyone can do this alone.
Some situations feel to overwhelming to manage by yourself and every individual has their limit as to how much is to much. If you find yourself at your limit, don't be afraid to reach out for help. There is nothing wrong with asking for a hand to help pull you up. If your support network, i.e. friends and family, just don't seem to be getting you what you need then it may be time to consult with someone experienced in working with people who have been where you are now.
We've all been there. At some time in our lives we all have encountered a mountain that feels to high to climb and the struggle over it feels unbearable. If you have reached that mountain and it feels to high to climb alone, please don't struggle any longer. We are here with the knowledge and experience to help.
Thanks for reading.