Life includes a certain amount of suffering. Some of the sufferings include rejection, failure, loss and trauma. When we are going through a difficult time, it can be hard to see the light. When we are depressed or sad, we can only remember the depressed or sad times. It can be challenging to feel motivated to carry on when we feel like things will never get better. Here are some thought exercises to get you through the dark times.
Self-compassion means that you speak kindly to yourself. You acknowledge your feelings and take the time to learn from them. If you grew up in a toxic family or later found yourself in relationships that were devaluing, self-compassion can feel forced. Recognise your inner monologue and change it to one that is supportive of yourself. Abusing yourself is unhelpful and speaking kindly to yourself makes you a more compassionate person to yourself and to others.
The hero’s journey
Throughout time, stories and legends have told about heroes who have had to go through the darkness to conquer demons. When they overcome these inner and outer demons, they emerge as heroes. Consider what your journey is. What is the dark, what are your demons. What can you learn from this experience?
Do something for yourself daily
If you are feeling anxious, do something every day that makes you feel calm.Things that are calming are silence, nature, meditating, music, and art. If you are depressed, find something to energise you, like dancing or another exercise.
Understand your needs
Some people put their needs behind the needs of others because they don’t understand their own worth. Some people have set their needs aside for so long that they don’t know what they need. Take this time to understand yourself better. See it as an exciting journey into self-discovery.
Reach out to friends and family who are compassionate. Isolating yourself will only lead to more profound loneliness.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Most people will need some guidance or support in their life.
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