Picking Yourself Up

At different points in our lives, we become sad, discouraged, and depressed. There are so many reasons for falling into these negative mental spaces and it makes sense that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to getting back up.

It may not be easy to find our way out of dark spaces, but it’s important to realize there isn’t only one way to do it.

I hope one of these fits your situation and helps.

1. Look for the lesson

Sometimes, we stay down because we’re wallowing in the situation. We just rehearse what happened and look for all the ways to justify our sadness. Instead, try to find the lesson to be learned. Once you find it, realize that was the point of it all. It was a lesson for you to learn and get through, don’t stay there longer than you need to.

2. Remove yourself

There are some people we need to remove from our lives in order to pick ourselves up. The friend that is always putting you down – needs to go. The significant other that tells you you’re nothing without him/her – leave. It’s hard to do, but sometimes we have to remove ourselves from certain people.

3. Therapy

It’s a bad word in some cultures, but it’s necessary for some people to pull themselves out of dark spaces. A therapist can help you think about your thinking and give you tools to make sense of what you’re going through. Some might recommend medication, but it’s up to you to decide if you’d like to try to work through your healing with or without it.

4. Prayer

Let’s not forget our Maker. When you read your bible, you’ll see it is perfectly normal for you to feel down. Take time to study how God allows life to take someone through discouraging situations and make it through. In the book of Psalms, David cries to God in his moments of despair and praises Him for bringing him out of them.

It’s okay to be down. At times, it might feel like a never ending storm has found its way into your life, but it will get better. You will get better. And after you’ve gotten through, help someone else do the same.

by Angelique Grey

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