Getting over a rough patch doesn’t happen instantaneously for most of us. It’s not as easy as snapping your fingers (unless maybe you’re Hermione Granger or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in which case, maybe it is just that easy. #Jealous.) More often it takes a conscious and diligent ongoing effort. And sometimes it feels like for every two steps forward, you take one step back. So here are a few ideas that may help if you feel like you’ve hit a speed bump on the road to recovery. Try one of these tips and hopefully you’ll find yourself regaining speed in no time.
1. Put out a call to the universe. Sometimes when you put something out there, it can be pretty incredible how quickly the universe responds. Need a new job, a new friend, a different direction, a fresh start, a sign? Talk about it, put it on the table, share it with others – perfect strangers even. Be open to possibility and have faith. Things often have a strange way of working out, growing up from the ashes. You just have to plant the seed.
2. Ask for help. You don’t always have to tough it out on your own. In many cases the best thing you can do is tap into your support network. Getting help is NOT a sign of weakness, it’s actually a sign of strength. It takes courage, emotional intelligence and a sense of self-worth. Whether it’s a sibling, your mom, a friend, a colleague, a doctor or counselor, asking for help can be one of the smartest things you can do to ensure a swift recovery. So go ahead and grab the hand that’s reaching out to you; let someone help you get back up from the fall.
3. Face your fear. After a negative experience, it’s natural to feel scared of getting back out there and feeling vulnerable. But see if you can channel your fear into energy. We learn the most from our mistakes, from our toughest challenges, and most heart-wrenching experiences. They shape us, give us wisdom, make us stronger and more resilient. Embrace the lessons and knowledge you’ve gained and put it towards new endeavors. No need to rush, but when the time comes, leap forward and don’t look back.
4. Re-assess. Take some time to reflect about things. What’s important to you? Are there people or activities in your life that are dragging you down or pulling you in a direction you don’t want to go? Are you feeling suffocated by clutter? Are you missing something in your life that would help you feel more in balance? Think about it. Then, consider change. Maybe you don’t need to go for that monthly coffee with a ‘friend’ just because you feel obligated. Maybe you can drop an extracurricular that you really don’t enjoy. Maybe you don’t need all those clothes in your wardrobe. It might be time to do a little purging – closets, Facebook or otherwise. And you may just find that it’s a huge weight lifted off your shoulders.
5. Try something new. Date someone you might not normally give a chance, try a new restaurant, a new form of exercise, a new recipe. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment. Go big or play it small, but put yourself out there and do something out of the ordinary. Saddle up for a new experience and see what happens.
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