Life is hard. In fact, sometimes our challenges can feel so daunting that we lose focus and perspective. We turn inward and get stuck thinking things will never improve. Over at Power of Positivity, there is a great post about how we can pull ourselves out of a funk and get back on track.
Here Are 8 Ways To Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself And Gain Control Of Your Life
1. Set aside some time to volunteer
Even when things are going wrong, it’s always good to be reminded that things could be much worse. Not only that, but volunteering for someone in need means that you’re putting positive energy out into the world. When you give positive energy, you get positive energy. It’s a great way to remind yourself that there are people who have it worse off than you, and it’ll snap you right out of feeling sorry for yourself.
Volunteering really does help us get a better perspective on life. Every day, there are people struggling with crippling physical and mental challenges. Plus, it always feels good to do something for someone else.
2. Count your blessings
When life feels like it’s weighing you down more than normal, it can be a good thing to stop and remember all the things that are good in your life. Reminding yourself of all the things that you’re grateful for is a good way to put your life into some perspective.
Founder, facilitator and personal insight coach of The Insight Technique™ Kimberley Cohen states, “… if you don’t see the blessings then you focus on the problem rather than the solutions. Instead of being hopeful, you become hopeless. You can become stuck, frustrated, stressed, discouraged, defeated and depleted.”
This is tied directly to the first tip. Counting our blessings is such a common refrain but it is timeless in its value. When we start to recognize all we are blessed with, our whole outlook changes.
3. Unplug from social media
If you’re having issues comparing yourself to the people around you, it can be a good idea to unplug from social media for a while. The thing about social media, is that people only post things that they want you to see. So, of course you’re going to be seeing all of the good and positive things. Instead, just unplug from social media and take some time to yourself.
This is one of the healthiest things we can do. Social media can cause us to get into unfair comparisons and drag us down so quickly. Plus, it prevents us from pursuing more valuable interests with our time.
4. Spend your time with someone special
Whether this person is your partner, your best friend, or just your family, it’s important to spend time with people who love and care about you. When we feel sorry for ourselves, it’s easy to feel like nobody cares that we’re going through a hard time. Spending your day with someone important to you can remind you that this isn’t true.
It goes without saying, but spending time with family and friends is priceless. Nurturing these relationships is always worthwhile.
5. Random acts of kindness
Do something nice for someone, and you’ll get a positive energy boost that can snap you right out of your pity party. Not only will you make someone else’s day, but you’ll be riding the high from their happiness right until bedtime.
Kindness expert Jennifer Willis-Rivera reveals, “[After practicing more acts of kindness on a regular basis], I found that the mornings that I woke up angry, I found myself a little less angry,” she said. “When I had to interact with people I didn’t like, I found myself really learning to value them as human beings.”
Whether you buy a small gift for someone you love, or simply pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop, being kind can set off a chain reaction of good deeds.
Little things do pay off.
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