The ongoing global pandemic has caused a lot of people to hit rock bottom in their lives. Many experienced hardships, such as losing a job and going bankrupt.
To reach the lowest point of your life may seem like the end of the world, but it could be a promising beginning. It’s also an opportunity to go on a self-discovery, come up with a plan to achieve new goals and rise stronger.
Here are a few suggestions that you can follow to help you rebuild your life and come back stronger:
- Take Responsibility for Yourself
If you want to change things for the better, you’ll need to take responsibility for the actions in your life. If you’ve hit rock bottom because of cocaine abuse, for instance, make the conscious decision to seek professional help or undergo cocaine rehab. Take charge of your life.
- Adopt Healthy Habits
Nothing is going to change if you sit around all day and contemplate the things you’ve lost in your life. Instead of wallowing in your misery that only holds you down, adopt habits that will restore your physical and mental health.
Start by moving your body. Exercise and other forms of physical activity can encourage you to get your life back on track. Working out releases endorphins, a hormone that makes you feel good. What’s more, exercise can improve your sleep, help you relax and improve your mood.
If the gym in your area is closed due to the pandemic, don’t fret. You can work out at home by enrolling in online dance classes or doing some aerobics in your room.
On top of exercising, make sure that you eat right. This means cutting down your sugar and junk food intake, whipping up healthy meals at home and consuming plenty of fruits and veggies. What you put in your body can help regulate your mood.
- Stay Far Away from Toxic People
The relationships you maintain can affect your life. Keeping unhealthy relationships with toxic friends and family members can turn your world upside down. If you have anyone who brings toxicity to your life, you’ll need to let these people go.
- Speak with a Good Friend
Eliminating the toxic people in your life is just half of the puzzle. You also need great friends who will lift you up. If you have people in your circle who can provide you with the love and support you need, go to them and open up about your struggles. Talking about your problems to someone will help you relieve stress and give you a sense of relief.
What you want to say is up to you. If you prefer to let everything out, do so. The important thing is that you confide in someone who listens and wants to genuinely know what’s going on in your life.
- Follow Your Passion
While you’re at the lowest point of your life, think about the things you want to have and accomplish. Identify the goals you want to attain, the destinations you’d like to reach and the passions that can help you succeed.
Encourage yourself to get back on your feet by rekindling the things that motivate you. When you’re doing so, take it one step at a time. Even when you’re moving slowly, the important thing is that you’re taking steps to make your way to your destination.
- Practice Self-Compassion
Resist the temptation of blaming yourself or beating yourself up for the harm you’ve caused. Instead, be gentle with yourself. When you notice yourself being self-critical or harsh, use a more positive inner dialog.
Here’s a sample statement you could repeat: “I have made mistakes just like other people. Despite the mistakes I’ve made in the past, I choose to love and accept myself.”
- Hone Your Ability to Regulate Your Emotions
Regulating your emotions is vital for bouncing back from a tough situation. If you can control your emotions, you’ll be able to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down and calm yourself when you’re getting annoyed or angry. What’s more, you can effectively manage your other negative emotions in productive and healthy ways.
- Practice Relaxation
If you’re handling stress poorly or destructively, now is a good time to change that. Rather than let stress accumulate over time, practice relaxation techniques for at least half an hour each day. This will help you stabilize your mood.
How you relax is up to you. You could the usual methods, such as yoga, meditation and tai chi. Look for a method that you like and stick with it.
Hitting rock bottom does not mean the end of your good life and the beginning of a miserable life. Start today, bring small changes and work on moving upward.