9 Things To Keep In Mind When The Going Gets Tough

3. You have so much for which to be thankful.

It’s OK to get upset, be afraid, and shed tears, but keep your blessings in the back of your mind. Counting your blessings — literally writing down a list of all the things for which to be thankful, from small things like the sound of birds in the morning to big things like the roof over your head — can give you a positive boost that gets you through hard times.

2. You are only human. You’re not perfect and never will be, and that’s OK.

Recognize that as a member of the flawed human race, you can and will make mistakes that cause you pain, and even suffering. It’s an inevitable part of a mortal experience. Embrace these flaws, for they can be polished and refined into strengths.

1. It’s OK to ask for help.

Because you’re only human, it’s OK to reach out for help. If this means getting a counselor, therapy, or even medical intervention, do it. There’s no shame in it. The only shame is trying to do everything on your own when there are those out there willing and waiting to help you along. Allow those friends and family to lend a hand, whether it’s in regards to your house, to help with your kids, or to help with work. Everybody wins.

Because tough times make you focus wholly on yourself, take a breath and look beyond your own problems. Love somebody who may be going through something difficult as well, offer help, and serve others. You’ll find that putting yourself out there for other people going through their own tough times can make your problems easier to bear.

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