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Life is not easy, despite all the wonderful things within it such as our family and friends. Most of us know just how easily life can grind us down and make us feel inadequate. Even the most confident, self-assured person will feel insufficient and out of the loop at one stage in their lives. Those who never feel like this either have the game completely figured out, are lying, or are too unwilling to admit it. Thankfully, there’s no shame in feeling like this to begin with.
Moving forward, despite everything, is an essential part of being human. That being said, we do not move forward by pretending everything is perfect, but by seeking the good from the bad, trying to become a better person, and focusing on that which is most important. This gives you purpose from which you can bloom.
These words are not supposed to depress or oppress you. In fact, realizing these facts can help you mature, and focus on what is good in life. Because there is plenty out there waiting, and plenty of opportunity at your doorstep that you may not even be noticing.
To make the most of it, consider these ideas:
Try Optimistic Methods
When we think of making an improvement, we can often think of the cost it will take to find it. Nothing comes for free, we usually think. For example, we might think of the grueling hours in the gym, but not thinking of how great we will feel after, and how that can set us up for the rest of the day. This time, try to look at it from the other angle – optimism and positivity.
When was the last time you went on a walk? It doesn’t cost a thing to be outside. There are so many scientific studies about the benefits of just spending time outdoors whether walking in your neighborhood, going to a park or beach, or hiking. What about just trying to stop your own negative thoughts like in my article here? Or how is your eating habits? Perhaps you might try the drink mix that’s shaking up the market for better means of staying healthy. Maybe you aren’t getting enough sleep? Invest in a wonderful mattress to get better sleep. Perhaps you’ll find a gym buddy to help you stay disciplined. Be positive. It can work wonders. It can help you have the motivation to keep moving.
Listen to Uplifting Music
Remember that nursery song with the lyric, “Be careful little ears what you hear.” There is a lot of truth to that. I use music to keep my family and myself motivated. “Move” by Toby Mac is one of my favorites to play whether I am trying to get the kids up and ready for school or if I am going through seasonal depression(which was a rough one this year – whewww!). Don’t play any music that will feed your melancholy. Pick up beat music that uplifts your heart, reminds you of good things, and pushes you to keep going.
Do Not Despair, But Replace
Socrates, the famous philosopher, once said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” and that’s important. Do not despair, but replace. Find something constructive. Find something that builds connection. For example, it’s not uncommon for those experiencing loss to seek solace in a form of social art, in meeting with friends, in writing. When you use your energies in a constructive manner, you build the new.
Go For It
There comes a time where we stop worrying and simply know that we have to go for it. Try something like this yourself. It can be thoroughly healing, and help you restore your own power. It’s why so many decide to run a half-marathon in honor of their departed grandparent, or why many women run for breast cancer charities each year. That beauty of trying and keep moving forward can help us heal, and it’s worth doing this for yourself, too.
Don’t give up! There are 7 billion people on this planet. Statistically, chances are many others have faced somewhat similar circumstances. Research ways others have worked past hardships and make a plan for how you will too. Life is not all roses and fairy tales. It is ups and downs and sometimes like a roller coaster. With this advice, we hope you can move keep it moving forward, despite everything and enjoy the ride of life along the way.