Don't feel down in the dumps, start living your life again with these tips
1. Check your health
If you’re unhappy, but you can’t put your finger on the reason, get your general health checked out. An easily curable condition like anemia (iron deficiency) can make the world seem like a dark place.
Hormonal upsets can send your libido plummeting, while depression – another curable condition – can make life seem not worth living. If you have the blues because your life really is the pits, getting a check-up is still vital.
2. With a little help from a friend
If you believe it’s you who needs to change, get a true friend or loved one to offer their insight. Are you really that bad, or have you just lost confidence? Maybe you had a critical parent or someone who constantly put you down. Sadly, some people enjoy trampling on dreams. Don’t let anyone stamp on yours.
3. Accept change
At some stage, most of us have to adapt to change when it’s forced upon us. Don’t waste time asking why it happened to you or, even worse, what you did to cause it. What happened is called life.
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Widowhood, divorce, bankruptcy, eviction, it’s not a punishment for being bad or inadequate, so don’t waste energy feeling guilty. Pick yourself up and start again. And don’t be too proud to ask for help. There is an organization or helpline there for every misfortune. Make use of them.
4. Addictions hold us back
Most of us are addicts, although we may not realize it. I’m not talking about sex, drugs or drink. I mean the addictions that keep us plodding on in a certain way, because that’s how we’ve always done it.
Something that, at first glance, can look like a virtue – like being house-proud, or counting the pennies – can become a noose around your life, so don’t be afraid to break a lifetime habit now and then.
5. Don’t put things off because they scare you
Each time you put something off, you accept defeat, and defeat saps confidence. Take a risk sometimes. ‘If only’ are the saddest words in the English language. So if you want to climb the Eiger, change your gender or simply take up zumba, get googling. Somewhere there’s someone who will help you work it out if it’s possible and, if it is, how you can do it. Good luck!
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