I was having a bad day earlier this week.
Everyone seemed to be against me.
The hits were coming all at once.
I could feel the stress creeping up my back and lodging into my shoulders. Why was this happening to me?
Then, I decided to get over myself.
After all, some people are dying from a hurricane in the Atlantic. Others are fighting cancer. When you compare my problems to things like that, it doesn't seem right to be upset anymore.
None of this changes my situation, but it does change the way I look at it.
If you're stuck in similar feelings, here are some other ways of getting over how you're feeling about your life:
1) Create a gratitude list:
It is almost November and for some people, it is an annual tradition to daily think of things to be thankful for as a built up to our Thanksgiving holiday. But that doesn't mean you couldn't benefit from this exercise more often. Start anytime you forget how blessed you are. Read more about Gratitude Lists.
2) Help someone else:
The best way to get out of your self-pity might be to stop making it about you. Look around yourself. You are surrounded by people who could use your help, if you take the time to notice. Helping others produces dopamine which makes you feel better.
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Kahlil Gibran
3) Keep the end in mind: Have you ever stopped to think about what your life is all about? What is the conclusion your limited days on earth are slowly moving towards?
Try this thought experiment: I imagine you are at your own funeral, all the people that matter to you in the world are there. What would you want them to stand up and say about you? Now working backwards from this, what should you be working on today to make that a reality. More in the video below:
We all get stuck in our #firstworldproblems sometimes. What do you do that helps get you moving again?