How To Remain Positive During Difficult Times

Mrs H

Always remember that tough times never last, but tough people last.

Don't lose hope just because of what you’re going through today; there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

There are many things in this life that always try to keep us down — and with everything going up lately, most of us might be feeling more anxious and depressed than usual.

Others might even be struggling to get out of bed and go to work as they think it won’t be worth it by the end of the day, but we forget that half a loaf of bread is better than nothing, and every penny counts.

Keeping our mental health safe is very crucial, but remembering that nothing lasts forever is the ultimate.

Who would have thought that by now, a new life-threatening disease would have emerged and corona would appear less deadly than monkeypox? That our lives would be back to normal, and people would be allowed to meet without fear and restrictions. That birthdays and weddings will be publicly celebrated again and memories created? — I know all this now sounds like small things, but that wasn’t the case a few months ago.

We all stayed behind closed doors while only a handful put their lives on the line — not knowing what would happen next. We constantly checked on each other like our lives depended on it and prayed for those that were already affected. And, of course, not all of us made it out alive, and we continue to sympathize and grieve with the bereaved, but the whole experience looked like it was far from ending, but here we are today.

I love the quote that says, God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference — taking this world as it is and not as I would have it.

I know not all of us are Christians, and I would love to explain this in simple terms. A lot of times, we worry over things that are beyond our control, and this is very damaging to our mental health.

It forces us to put a lot of effort into things that are beyond our reach and makes us feel like failures at the end of the day. But determining and accepting what you can and can’t change is very beneficial. It gives you peace of mind and allows you to concentrate where you can excel.

However, that doesn’t mean trying new things and failing is wrong — but staying angry over it is wrong. Dust yourself off and move on.

Picking up a hobby

According to WHO, most people with hobbies tend to have less stress and low mood swings than others. They’re often more relaxed, energized, and positive-minded. Finding something fun and enjoyable will always make you look forward to it and minimize negative thoughts.

Spending time with those you love would also help you not to ponder on negative thoughts and cherish those around you. It will also help you to be able to share what you're going through instead of dying alone inside. Most of our loved ones don't want to see us hurting. And if they can help, they will.

Understanding more about yourself

I know this might come as a surprise, but many of us don’t know who we are. We overreact on things we shouldn’t, and sometimes we realize when it’s too late. Attending therapy and learning more about ourselves and our emotions would help us to predict when we are becoming overwhelmed and anxious. We would also know how to handle certain situations instead of doing and saying things we can’t take back. Hurting those we love would not make us feel better about ourselves.

As a child, I used to undermine the importance of therapy until l started attending one. I later realized that not only was l toxic to those around me but also to myself.

Sometimes we tend to think that we said or did something subconsciously, but once we learn more about ourselves, we realize that wasn’t the case. We did them as clear as daylight — we just didn’t understand who we were.

Other things you can do include getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and treating other people right — You know what they say about Karma — what you give is what you receive. Stay blessed.

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