When Everything Feels Hard: How to Keep Moving Forward
Life is full of challenges. No matter who you are or what you do, something will happen and you will face difficulties at some point. When everything feels hard, it can feel like it’s difficult to keep moving forward. But it is important to remember that you are not alone in things. With everything going on in the world right now, it’s fair to say things aren’t as easy as they may normally be. Here are some tips that can help you when everything feels hard.
Take a step back and assess the situation
When everything feels hard make sure you understand what is happening and why it’s causing difficulty. Understand who the source is and how credible they are.
Here are some helpful pointers:
- Has this been a pattern for them?
- Is there a reason to have this source in your life in the future?
- If it’s the media, do you spend too much time consuming it? Do you pay attention to too many media outlets?
Take some time to assess the validity of the situation, how much weight it really holds in your life, and if it will matter in the future. This can help you get a sense and figure out a plan of action and move forward instead of feeling stuck in the past.
Talk to someone when everything feels hard
Talking about what you’re going through can help reduce the stress and burden that comes with it. Venting to a friend or family member can be really helpful. Chances are the situation isn’t as bad as your mind makes you feel. As humans, we’re not made to keep everything inside. This can be harmful to not just our mental health but also our physical health. We have to free it and focus on the good.
If you’re struggling to cope with what’s going on and don’t want to talk to friends or family members, it’s also a great idea to seek professional help to get unstuck. A therapist can help you understand and manage your feelings in a way that reduces or eliminates fear or things related. Sometimes, all we need is someone to talk to who isn’t involved in the day-to-day reality of our lives and can help us focus on gaining positive control.
Technology makes it easy to have access and accept therapy from anywhere. Here are some apps:
When everything feels hard, it’s easy to feel unmotivated. But getting up and moving can actually help you feel better. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects and is a great form of self care. Taking a break from what’s stressing you out in life and getting your body moving can help clear your head and give you some much-needed perspective when you feel in a rut.
It doesn’t have to be a strenuous workout; even going for a walk or taking a yoga class can make a difference if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just getting out of the house and being in nature can help improve your mood. If you can’t leave the house, there are plenty of at-home workouts you can do, the iFit app is a great workout app I use from the comfort of my own home! It does a great job of helping me stay present in the moment and practice self care.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself
When everything else might feel hard, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself. But it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of others. Make sure you’re eating a menu full of healthy meals, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when you need them. Practicing gratitude is a great way to boost your emotions throughout the week. It can also help with anxiety and depression.
It’s also important to find ways to relax and destress your brain in life. This looks different for everyone. For example, some people like to read, some people like to listen to music, and others like to do puzzles. Identify at least one thing that relaxes you and make sure you’re taking the time to do it. This is especially important when there is so much pain and sadness going on in the world around us.
Remember, you are not alone
When everything feels hard, it’s important to remember that you are not alone in life. Everybody is dealing with something or feeling stuck, no matter where or who they are. There are people who care about you and want to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. We all need a little support sometimes and taking small steps really helps! These difficult times will eventually end, and things will get better. In the meantime, try to take care of yourself and find whatever ways to cope that work for you.
Ways to connect with others when you feel alone:
- Find a Facebook group that aligns with your interests to engage in community
- Join a group Instagram DM where you can share your thoughts and feelings with like-minded individuals
- Google local community groups where you can meet in person with others who may be going through something similar
- Join a church if you don’t already belong to one and explore their resources
Journal your thoughts when everything feels hard
Journaling is nothing new but it’s certainly picked up speed as the pandemic kicked in. Especially as we continue to move forward into new territory in life. Journaling your feelings and thoughts helps you understand them better and communicate them more effectively to others when you are ready to share. If you don’t want to share, that’s ok too. Journaling is a great way to free your thoughts so they don’t get trapped in negative energy in your body.
The Body Keeps the Score is a great book that details how our stressors can turn into physical health problems if we don’t find a way to release them in life. It’s not healthy for our minds or bodies to keep everything inside. Journaling can help with challenging times when you get in a rut throughout life.
Start a blog or vlog about your experiences to help others feel less alone
Blogging is a great tool to release some stress and connect with others. It’s one of the best forms of therapy for me! Writing about my experiences and feelings helps me process them better. It is also a way I’ve dedicated myself to helping others who may be feeling or going through something similar. It’s the number one reason I continue to post on Whispering in Wonderland.
If you’re not comfortable writing, maybe start a vlog! Talking out loud can also be really helpful in terms of processing your thoughts and feelings and getting unstuck. You don’t even have to post it if you don’t want to.
Here are some great blogging and vlogging tools:
- WordPress (blogging)
- Squarespace (blogging)
- LinkedIn articles (blogging)
- YouTube (vlogging)
- Vimeo (vlogging)
- Twitch (vlogging)
Summary: When Everything Feels Hard: How to Keep Moving Forward
I hope the tips in this article help you when everything feels hard in life. Remember, you’re not stuck or alone in this. And if you need more support, please reach out to a professional therapist. Taking care of yourself is so important, especially during difficult times. Make sure you’re doing positive things that relax you and make you happy. If you journal or start a blog/vlog about your experiences, please share it with me! I’d love to hear from you on your path to wellness success. Taking the first step to gain control is all that matters.
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