In today’s world, there are a wide variety of life circumstances, family situations, and individual issues that can lead a person to conclude that life is horrible and they can’t do anything to improve their condition. In some cases, people experience a financial hardship. As a result, they face social isolation, low self-esteem, or the inability to engage in activities that formerly brought one deep joy or an ongoing sense of purpose.
In other cases, individuals find themselves estranged from loved ones as a result of lifestyle choices, differences in opinion, or long-standing grudges that preclude people from interacting in a loving, authentic manner. Another life issue that can cause an individual to acquire a sense of hopelessness and helplessness is an ongoing health problem. Because health problems can produce problems with mobility, longevity, and mood stability, they oftentimes lead people to conclude that there’s no point in attempting to cultivate a meaningful life.
Despite the fact that life is full of challenges that can seem to hamper one’s sense of happiness and holistic well-being, there are always strategies that individuals can implement to feel good when things seem bad.
Here are four ways to be happy even when things seem bad:
1. Implement Self-Care Strategies.
One of the best ways to ensure that you can maintain high levels of productivity and a positive mood despite challenging life circumstances is by implementing self-care strategies. These strategies help you maintain holistic well-being while also boosting your self-esteem. Note that any strategy which contributes positively to your self-concepts and/or health can be considered a self-care strategy.
One strategy that can prove particularly effective is getting enough sleep. When in a sleep-deprived state, people tend to think less clearly, experience mood instability, and compromise their ability to maintain healthy relationships. On the other hand, the Council of Nonprofits reports that getting 7-9 hours of sleep empowers people to make better decisions. Some other self-care strategies that can elevate your mood include massage, meditation, and yoga.
2. Get Outside.
One of the best ways to start feeling good even when things seem bad is by getting outside. This step is immensely important because it will provide you with a wide range of wonderful health benefits that can improve your mental and physical well-being. As noted in Harvard Health Publishing, going outside causes your vitamin D levels to rise as sunlight hits your skin. In addition to metabolizing the process of creating and activating vitamin D, getting outside on a regular basis can promote mood stability, longevity, and lower blood pressure.
3. Talk To Someone You Can Trust.
In many cases, being able to discuss a serious or minor problem with someone you trust is the key to remaining emotionally and psychologically stable when times get tough. Being able to clearly communicate your thoughts and feelings is important because doing so entails clarity, mutual understanding, and an increasing awareness that there is someone who will support you when things seem bad. Your trusted confidante can be anyone from a romantic partner to a counselor to a mentor.
4. Solve The Problem.
Oftentimes, people experience ongoing depression in a bad situation because they perceive that there’s nothing they can do about it. In some cases (such as a death in the family), this perception is somewhat accurate. Yet even when you’re dealing with this type of loss, there’s always something that you can do to sustain your mental health and physical vitality. Also note that there are many life situations that people unconsciously or consciously remain in despite the fact that they’re experiencing ongoing pain and problems as a result of the relationship or circumstance.
In these cases, it’s almost always a good idea to solve the problem by devising some type of viable resolution which will preclude you from experiencing ongoing difficulties unnecessarily. In some cases, solving the problem will involve ending an unhealthy relationship. With respect to issues involving addictions to things like food and gambling, many people have found themselves capable of leaving this all behind them by attaining counseling services in a clinical setting.