How to Love Yourself Through Difficult Times

How to Love Yourself Through Difficult Times

Discover 9 ways on how to love yourself when you’re going through a difficult time in your life

Everyone experiences difficult times in their lives. During dark days, people often feel down, depressed and neglect themselves.

One of the keys, however, to emerging from challenging periods is learning how to love yourself. The following is a brief article about how people can best care for themselves during the most difficult times.

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1. Challenge Your Beliefs

When someone experiences difficulties, he or she might find it a challenge to focus on anything positive. During rough periods, people often feel negative emotions such as anger, sadness, hurt or frustration.

These feelings can fester, linger and make people adopt mentalities like “waiting for the other shoe to drop,” “how do I get screwed today” and “what bad thing awaits around the corner.”

These thought processes are a recipe for disaster. Loving oneself means changing your belief system. One must take any and all actions necessary to flip negative viewpoints into positive ones. This can be accomplished by undertaking simple tasks, such as:

  • Writing yourself positive notes of affirmation like “this is only temporary” or “things will change with time.”
  • Researching other people, be they famous or not, who have experienced trials and tribulations common to what they may be going through and take inspiration in the fact they overcame, succeeded and became better for it.
  • Consulting a therapist

2. Indulge Yourself on Occasion

Relaxation and peace are critical to anyone’s well-being, especially those experiencing tough, upsetting or especially high stressed periods in their lives.

By indulging yourself in a fun or relaxing activity, you can relieve some of the pressure you are experiencing and help bring a more positive outlook on life. Depending upon your individual preferences, some fun and relaxing activities may include:

  • Eating or preparing your favorite food
  • Attending a sporting event
  • Reading
  • Watching your favorite movie
  • Taking a trip
  • Exercising
  • Writing

Whatever activity you choose is not relevant. The crucial factor is for an individual to devote enough time to engage in an activity they love, which has the capacity to take his or her mind off the tumult that they are facing.

3. Focus on Solutions to Problems

Often times, people in the midst of a perhaps a plethora of significant, seemingly impossible troubles may develop a tendency to dwell on the problems themselves, but forget about trying to create solutions to them.

This action sets a dangerous precedent and can lead to people forging a belief that everything in life is a problem and must be difficult.

For instance, if someone loses their job, they should not spend every second lamenting over it and thinking about all the negative connotations the event caused.

One should turn their attention towards finding a solution to the problem like searching for another position, or gaining skills which could make him or herself more employable.

4. Surround Yourself with the Right People

Typically, a team assembled to accomplish any task will need to be comprised of the right people to succeed. Individuals in distress hoping to feel better about themselves need a team of positive individuals.

A positive support group can be comprised of people someone considers capable of having a positive impact.

Such people will possess some or most of the following attributes and will contribute by:

  • Highlighting your strengths
  • Not focusing on negative things
  • Motivating you
  • Stressing the upside to most situations
  • Not dwelling on their own problems

5. Maintain Healthy Living Habits

Someone under stress often neglects their own health and is ripe to be struck with a multitude of illnesses. Optimal health is important at all times, but is of added importance during times of duress.

One can improve their overall health by:

  • Consuming healthy foods
  • Exercising
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Avoiding drugs, alcohol and other reckless activities

6. Don’t Ignore Your Inner Feelings

While it is always beneficial to think and breathe positive thoughts, there will, at times, be moments when people must face the negative emotions they are experiencing.

The harsh reality is that, only by dealing with such feelings, can someone finally begin to heal.

The challenge here is to face negative feelings without allowing them to fester. When someone deals with negative emotions the wrong way, they can bring about the potential for serious mental or physical manifestations at a later time.

The most successful way to face negative feelings is not to dwell on the circumstances that brought such feelings about, but on using these emotions as the first step in the healing process.

7. Do Not Live in The Past

One of the worst things someone struggling with a difficult life situation can do is rehash past events, regardless of whether they were bad or good.

Recalling bad times will only allow negativity to grow and harsh feelings to worsen. While good times can elicit a smile, they should only be thought of as pleasant memories.

Many people make the mistake of living in past glories and adopting the “it will never be as a good as that” mentality. Such beliefs are toxic, particularly when experiencing life’s pitfalls.

A healthier mentality to practice is the notion that “my best times could be ahead of me,” which could inspire people to take steps to change their circumstances and work towards positive change.

8. Do Not Impose Too Many Timetables

It is important to remember that everyone’s circumstances are different and certain difficulties will not improve overnight. That said, people should not rush to find quick fixes. Rather, they should allow themselves time to come up with logical and intelligent solutions.

Another big mistake people make is comparing themselves to others. Just because someone else resolved a similar problem in “x” amount of time, does not mean another person should do the same thing in that same time frame.

9. Escape Social Media for a Time

When someone is down, social media sites do not always foster encouragement and support. These sites often highlight negative news, harsh political views or your best friend gloating about how perfect their spouse and children are.

At the best of times, this can make someone feel angry and inadequate.

Overcoming life’s challenges are not easy. However, if you take the time to show yourself the proper amount of love and care, the process should be made a little bit easier.