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5 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable
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5 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable

Everyone can handle an occasional rough spot. Most people can even manage reasonably well when a crisis comes along – so long as it doesn’t linger. But sometimes, we get hit with one piece of bad news after another that just won’t let up. I still have a plaque I bought when I was a teenager that reminds me, “It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

It doesn’t seem to matter how big or small the issues are, if we don’t get a break, or rather, take a break, we can start to feel like life doesn’t offer any hope for future happiness. Our attitude sours and we begin to develop habits that we think will protect us but in fact hurt us. We might hide in our homes and mope around all day doing only what is necessary to get by. It’s no fun and a bad choice to make. We won’t get better just wishing our problems would go away. They won’t and there’s another one just around the corner, anyway.

Here are my 5 favorite ways to turn myself around when I get battered by life’s disappointments and trials.


  1. Change your routine. Having a set way of doing things when taking care of your loved one is important but doing the same tasks the same way every day for yourself is monotonous. It leads to getting stuck in a rut and eventually depression. If you can, change the order around or try doing a task differently. Experiment with something new, no matter how small, every day. If you run out of ideas, do a Google search for one.


  1. Change the company you keep. Chances are, if you’ve been feeling low for a while you’re hanging around negative people – whether they be friends, TV shows you watch, books you read, or worst of all, you alone with your thoughts. Nothing affects the way you think and feel more than the group you run with. Find and associate with positive people and things and your whole outlook on life will change for the better.


  1. Get physically active. Research has shown that often the less you do, the worse you feel. And often the more you do, the better you feel. Taking a walk, dancing, working out at a gym, or anything else that gets your heart rate up will help. The worst thing you can do is just sit there wishing or hoping for better times.


  1. Live in the present. Regret for the past and worry about the future added to today’s problems will only overwhelm you and make you feel helpless. Take today’s biggest problem and put everything else aside for the time being. Force yourself to focus on it. Decide if you have any control over it. If so, work on what your options are and make a choice. If you can’t do anything about it, accept it.


  1. Help someone else. There are countless opportunities to do something for others. You don’t have to commit to regular service, you don’t have to spend a lot of time volunteering, you don’t have to go very far out of your way, you don’t have to spend money, you don’t even need a special talent. Just do something for someone. The more often you do, the less you’ll find yourself thinking about your own problems and the better you’ll feel about yourself. 

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