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7 Empowering Phrases To Tell Yourself When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way

7 Empowering Phrases To Tell Yourself When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way

Sometimes life doesn’t go our way, and we can feel frustrated, angry and upset. Everyone experiences this, and it is up to you to choose how you will react to difficult times. It may be tempting to feel negative, but using positive phrases and words can make a huge difference.

In reality life will always have ups and downs, and true happiness isn’t a life without problems. True happiness is the ability to deal with whatever comes your way, even if you find yourself in an unpleasant situation.

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It isn’t what the world gives you that counts – what counts is how you deal with what you get. Here are 7 empowering phrases to tell yourself when life doesn’t go your way.

1. “Nothing Is Permanent”

Every night it is dark, but every morning the sun comes up. You watch the darkness turn to light every day, but it is easy to forget that nothing is permanent when you are going through a difficult time. Things may not be good now but eventually your situation will change. The pain won’t last forever, and every day is a new beginning. You can choose to take the new day and make the best of it, or you can choose not to.

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2. “My Scars Show Strength, Not Weakness”

Lots of people worry that bad experiences have damaged them, but in reality they make people stronger. You may have an emotional scar, but the wound has healed and the hurt is now over. You have learned from the experience, and the scars are proof that you can overcome anything, no matter how difficult it feels.

3. “I Can Stay Positive When Others Are Negative”

Sometimes people in your life will try to bring you down, but you don’t have to listen to them. Keep smiling and focusing on being positive, and remember that negative people are normally very unhappy. They want to drag you down to their level, but you can choose to not listen. You are your own person, and you don’t have to deal with problems by being negative – that is their choice, not yours.

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4. “Going Through Pain Will Make Me Wiser”

Every painful experience is a lesson that you can learn from. At the time it may be difficult to see what the lesson is, but as you move on you will realize that the difficult times taught you a lot about yourself. Be patient when you are struggling, and remember that eventually you will be a wiser version of yourself.

5. “Even When I Am Struggling I Am Moving Forward”

When you are struggling you are moving forward, even if it doesn’t feel like it. You may experience career or relationship struggles, but they will help you to progress through life so that you can find true happiness. The struggle will be worth it, so get your head down and work through the difficult times.

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6. “Fear Changes Nothing”

If you chose to always focus on the bad things that could happen, you will never reach your full potential. The people who complain and worry the most normally accomplish the least, as they are too busy worrying to actually be productive. Try to focus on the best thing that could happen, instead of the worst, and you will soon feel motivated to take risks and chances.

7.“The Best Option Is To Keep Going”

Life will knock you down, but you have to get up – again and again and again. At times it will feel like it is impossible to get back up again, but you are strong and you can do it. Life may be difficult but you are ready to deal with anything that it throws your way.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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