The feeling of falling apart may develop from having insistent stress, anxiety, financial issues, divorce or suffering from a tragic event. Have you ever experienced everything in your life decaying or just crumbling around you? It can feel like a blade ripping your soul and emotions into painful shreds. We know life is full of crossroads, mountains, wildernesses and detours that can't be circumvented. When darkness overshadows the days, we are forced into a change we're not ready for. This is when a transition appears in the forecast. How can you keep it all together during this gloomy season? Consider the following ideas to keep yourself from falling off the edge.
Practice gratitude.Gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression. Research is proving gratitude could be medicine. A study by Department of Psychology, George Mason University, found gratitude helped the well-being in Vietnam war veterans. Participants found "Pleasant days over the assessment period, daily intrinsically motivating activity, and daily self-esteem over and above effects attributable to PTSD severity." Having gratitude was able to help many veterans and it can do the same for you. Make a list of just a few things to be grateful for. This can range from being able to afford a specialty coffee, having your sight to enjoy the beauty of nature or be thankful for good friends who support you.
Be positive.Feed your mind with goodness. Read the Scriptures, listen to motivational speakers and anything you can get your hands on to keep you uplifted.Philippians 4 focuses on the God-given power to endure any circumstance. Philippians 4:12 notes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Paul experienced times of plenty and times of lack concerning his soul and his life. Despite the problems, he encouraged himself to get through the many dark times. We can have up to 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day and if most of them are toxic, we can be in a heap of trouble. The National Science Foundation found 80 percent of our thoughts are negative and 95 percent are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before and about 80 percent are negative.We need optimistic expectations because, without, things could bury us further under hopelessness.
Note your strengths.Make a list of all your strengths and keep it handy when you are feeling dispirited. Don't give away your potential to anything or anyone by allowing darkness to prevail. The past is not your future. Set up short-term goals and build on them. Find a new hobby, a dream or take a leap of faith by starting your own business. "Just because you haven’t found a successful way of doing something doesn’t mean you are a failure. These are completely separate thoughts," Forbes instructed. If you don't have the energy to start a new project, find an outlet to express yourself as this can help reset the mind.
Only you can alter the path you take--be tough and explore ideas and choices to inspire you again.