How to Make It Through Dark Times

There comes a time in our lives; sometimes it happens more often than we would like to admit that we simply run out of steam. We can run out of steam for various reasons, being looked over for promotions, lacking self-discipline, or sometimes it is just because we spread ourselves too thin. So, now what? We are completely exhausted with our path, yet we know we cannot just sit still for the rest of our lives. The answer is not clear-cut for all, but the advice is something that can be applied in all situations.

1. Take Time to Reflect

Depending on the situation, this can be a painful process, yet a much needed one. Sometimes we get ourselves into a situation, one we just are not prepared for, and it takes down our walls faster than we could ever hope to rebuild them. I have learned that no matter what, you should always look back at the situation and learn from it. There is always a lesson to be learned, or some piece of yourself to find, no matter the situation.

2. Take Time to Grow

While it may seem like you need to find your bigger picture immediately after plans fall through, it is recommended. In fact, many will suggest taking the time to find yourself in the chaos, start a new hobby, make new friends, and just work on yourself before launching into another path.

3. Motivate Yourself

Yes, the hole you are in is very dark and can vary in depth, but you need to realize the hole is made of sand. You may be climbing, only to fall back down, which makes you think you are not making progress, but in all reality, the hole is being filled from the bottom up. When you hit rock bottom, do not expect a single day to be the day everything turns around, you have to work for it to make it happen. Keep courage when you are facing your battles, you will be stronger when you can walk your new path.

4. Take It Slow

One of the biggest problems most of us face, myself included, is that the second we see greener pastures we will hunt it out and be blind to the situations around us. If you just went through a troublesome part of your life, do not lure yourself into a new, but just as terrible situation! Remember to make slow but steady progress to ensure the path you walk is stable. Nothing is worse than be embarking to your destination at full throttle and watching it crumble away at every turn. Always remember to jump puddles, before you try to jump the river.

5. Do What YOU Want

I cannot stress enough that you should never have to change for anyone but yourself. When trying something new, make it something you enjoy and not influenced by others. Do what is important to you. If going back to school is what you yearn for, do it. Traveling the world? Do it. Enable yourself to live your life at its fullest, the past is the past, it’s time to move away from it.

Overcoming a hardship is, well, hard. It takes courage and motivation to pull away from these situations but given enough time, you can get back to your normal life, but you will be stronger and all the wiser. If the situation requires a change, do it for you and be confident in your choice. You can make it through dark times, and you can enjoy your life again.

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Brittany is an avid writer with a passion for giving readers relatable content that will truly enrich their lives. Every person, product, and thing has a story in this world. Brittany has a passion for writing about those topics, as diverse as they are for her motto is “You are never too old to learn something new.”