Hard times befall us all at one point or another. Lost jobs, lost loved ones, and other disasters can mean we end up feeling lost, alone, and like things will never get better. However, it’s important to remember that ‘this too shall pass’, and that bad situations and feelings are always only temporary.
If you’re going through a hard time, one of the best things you can do is pick up a few coping strategies. They won’t completely eradicate the pain or the fear, but they can help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Read on if you’re feeling like you need a little help.
Invest In Professional Help
First of all, if you’re going through a hard time, it can be a good idea to invest in professional help. Attempting to deal with things alone can mean struggling for longer and finding yourself in an even worse position than when you began. See if you can find a therapist or counselor that can talk through your worries with you. Visiting a local funeral directors sooner rather than later if you’ve lost a loved one can also help to take a bit of a weight off your shoulders. Who you visit will depend on your situation, but make sure you do your research and see somebody.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
You really shouldn’t try to hide your feelings or ignore them. Acknowledging them, feeling them, and accepting them is the best way for them to pass organically. If you try to repress them, they will come spilling out at some point.
Prioritize Self Care
It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but prioritizing self care can make such a huge difference to how you feel. Doing the basics every day will make you feel more accomplished and like you’ve at least done something. Brush your teeth, splash your face with water, and brush your hair. Make your bed. Try to eat something nourishing, even if it’s just a green smoothie. Take a bath. All of those things count as self care and can make you feel a little better.
Remember That Healing Is Not Linear
Healing is not linear, so don’t beat yourself up if you feel ok one day and then sad again the next. We all process our emotions differently.
Write Things Down
Writing things down, in a journal or even on your phone notes, can help you get out of your own head. It can help you to begin sorting through your feelings and potentially coming up with solutions to feel better.
A little sunlight each day is recommended – make a special effort to get it when you’re not feeling great.
Work Out A Little
Again, it may be the last thing you feel like doing, but working out a little could help you to enjoy some endorphins and other happy hormones. You could even do some gentle stretching, or go for a short walk. Anything is better than nothing. Walking in nature can be particularly therapeutic.