All human beings at some point in our lives reach a stage where situations seem to be out of our control. Be it a personal loss, relationship breakup, financial misfortune or job loss, these lead to stress affecting us emotionally, physically or mentally resulting in depression, anger, anxiety and health issues. How can we cope with it?
Do not isolate yourself. Reach out to your loved ones, family, friends especially those who are empathetic and positive. Unburdening your feelings will make you feel more at peace and sharing it with someone will bring faster healing.
2. Consider age-old wisdom
If you have lost a loved one, cherish his or her memory and know he or she is in a better place. This is fate but his or her love will remain with you forever. He or she may have wanted you to move on.
If you have suffered a financial loss, know gains and losses are a part of life. You were happy before you had what you think you have lost. You still have the ability to get back and even double that. So look at what you have left and make the most of it. According to Holy scripture the Bhagvad Gita says,
“You came into this world with nothing and will leave this world empty-handed. Whatever is yours today belonged to somebody else yesterday and will belong to someone else tomorrow. Whatever happened in the past was for your good, whatever is happening now is for your good and whatever will happen tomorrow will also be for your good.”
If you had a relationship breakup or lost your job, learn from what went wrong so going forward you can have a successful second inning. You may have invested your emotions, time and energy wholeheartedly but things did not turn out as expected. High expectations bring frustration so do your part next time but keep your expectations low. The only thing permanent in life is change and all things happen for a reason. You will realize this once the storm has passed.
Follow a daily routine of at least 20 minutes of cardio or yoga to beat the blues. Studies show working out releases a feel-good hormone that makes you feel better.
4. Pick up a hobby
Release your emotions through any activity of your interest be it painting or dancing. Listening to upbeat or soothing music or watching happy or funny movies is also a proven remedy. After all laughter is the best medicine.
Foods such as dark chocolate, fish and fruits such as oranges are recommended by science to uplift your mood.
6. Take a break
If possible, change your surroundings. Go away to some place peaceful where you can get alone time or be with someone you love. This will distract you and allow you to introspect. You will get a refreshed view of how to start anew.
7. Practice mindfulness
Go out in nature preferably in the evening hours when the sun is about to set. This is the time one feels most depressed. Breathe deeply and observe the beauty around you. Doing so will make you feel calm.
8. Give back
Life throws challenges to make you more humble. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. You will realize you are not alone in your suffering. Some people’s miseries may even make yours seem insignificant in comparison.
9. Keep the faith
Science has proven those who pray heal faster. Trust in the higher power to direct your path.
10. Think positive
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Time is a big healer and feel comfort in knowing your present ordeal has only made you stronger and wiser.