Have you ever felt like you’ve hit rock bottom? I certainly have. At some point or another, we all have experienced negative occurrences in our lives. Whether it’s a bad breakup, a loss of a family member or friend, the inability to find a job or internship, an illness or stress from school, we all become affected by negativity in some way. Sometimes it’s multiple things going on at once.
As human beings we have a tendency to be really tough on ourselves. We put extra pressure on ourselves to be the best we can be, and then doubt our actions when things don’t go our way. I go by the saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” As cliche and overused as it may seem, life is one big rollercoaster that takes us to our highest highs and our lowest lows.
Life cannot be a constant high though. When you come down from a high, you go through withdrawal symptoms as you hit that low point. We usually become self-destructive because our minds are blocked from seeing the bigger picture. Some people overeat or lose their appetites, drink excessively, take drugs, become suicidal etc. I want to share some ways that each day can get a little sunnier by fulfilling the mind, body and spirit simultaneously. I know you’re up for the challenge!
(Source: Chris Willard)
Just like anything else, we cannot wait for us to get to our lowest point to start doing something about all the negativity that starts to pile upon us. Just like going to the gym to constantly stay in shape or keeping up with your studies all semester so you don’t have to cram everything at the end, we must practice a few habits every day to keep us going through thick and thin. A few practices I try to do is:
- Ask your higher power/God/the universe (whatever it may be for you) for whatever it is you want.
- Live your life like you already own it.
- Express gratitude for ALL the good you have in your life currently and what you want the universe to grant you.
- Establish a list of goals. Write down your progress in a journal on a daily basis until you reach them. Document the emotional journey as each experience comes.
Remember this whole process is about meditating and reflecting. What other ways do you bring positivity into your lives?