How to Bounce Back from Hitting Rock Bottom

Jordan Mendiola
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Life works in very interesting ways. One year you can be on cloud nine.

The next you’re picking up broken pieces and trying to find yourself again.

One year you’ll have more success than you’ve ever had in your life. The next, you're in survival mode, just trying to stay up.

One of my favorite quotes is the following:

“Happiness comes in waves. It’ll find you again.”

If you’re in a dark place and find it hard to see the light, remember that happiness will find you again.

You have to remain patient, develop a strong-willed mindset, and carry on with your day.

How do we get ourselves into these dark spots?

When things go downhill and take a turn for the worst, this is the universe giving us an opportunity to power through it or lie down and take the L.

Unfortunate things like layoffs, breakups, failing multiple times, death, and so much more happen to people every single day.

It’s normal to go through a dark episode for a few days or even weeks, but anything that extends past a month should be taken seriously.

You could be doing everything right and still find a way for disaster to strike. All it takes is one horrible day to change the rest of your life.

These dark spots find us when we aren’t looking for them, so we have to deal with them.

How do you overcome your lowest lows?

Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Think back to the old you. Go back to a time in your life when you were happiest — the simple times.

When your life isn’t peaking or crashing, you’re in consolidation. So you ride the waves and find ways to challenge yourself.

One of the things I do when I’m down is write. I write whatever comes to mind and try to make sense of it.

If you can turn your downfall into a learning lesson, you’ve already made major progress.

All storms pass. You just have to hold on and do your best.

Final Thought

In our darkest times, we have to pick ourselves up. But unfortunately, friends and family can only support us emotionally to a certain point before we become a burden.

Help yourself by establishing a healthy mindset, and don’t let anything sway it.

Your happiness is the one thing in life you can control, and that’s by looking at things with a fresh perspective and taking every situation at face value.

Disclaimer, this is not medical/mental health advice

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