Many of us have had that moment where we look in the mirror and we don’t like what we see—both on the inside and the outside. Somehow, our life isn’t what we wanted it to be. We aren’t living up to our full potential. We’ve lost that spark in ourselves, and we don’t know how to get it back.
If you’ve spiraled down into a depression or you just feel like you’re in a rut, there is a way to get out. Here are some ideas that you should consider. Remember, it’s a combination of little things that make a big difference.
- Start exercising – Even just a brisk 20 minute walk a day can make you feel more energized, help clear your mind, and even reduce your risk of heart attack and diabetes! And if you do more exercise, the health benefits increase.
- Get a hobby – What makes you happy? Did you like to paint when you were younger? Or maybe you always wanted to learn how to sew. Or maybe you want to try starting a garden. What’s stopping you from doing those things now? Spending a little time doing a hobby each week can help you feel better about all the time you spend working or running errands or trying to keep up with your kids. Search for groups in your area that do something you would like to do. Many craft stores offer art classes, or you could set up a group yourself. Chances are you have people in your life that would like to do something out of the ordinary.
- Take a class – Look for community colleges in your area. Most offer continuing education for adults who are interested in continuing their education, but maybe not in getting a new degree. You can sign up for a night class that meets once a week. Or you could do a seminar class that is only one or two days long. It’s up to you! Personally, I joined a community orchestra (I used to play in high school) and a community choir. It cost less than $50 each class, and I absolutely love getting to play my viola and sing each week. I’ve met a bunch of cool people from my area, too.
- Volunteer – A great way to help you put your own situation in perspective is by helping the less fortunate. There are many organizations all over the country that would love more volunteers. If you like animals, contact your local SPCA and see what you can do to help. If you want to work with your hands, try Habitat for Humanity. The library or local schools could use help, too. Working for a good cause is a major mood booster because you make a difference in the lives of others.
- Meditate and/or pray for clarity so that you can truly understand why you feel like you hate your life. Once you have an answer or answers set strategic goals to address each thing that you’ve identified as being the root of your feelings. Then, one-by-one, make a plan to achieve each goal. Before you know it, you will have created a life that’s not so easy to hate.
These are just a few tips to get you started. Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments and if you know of anyone who may be feeling this way, send them to our site!
Lauren Raines for Uplifting Woman &Diathe Garnes- The Uplifting Woman