4 Ways To Stop Feeling Discouraged And Depressed

by Nov 25, 20160 comments

4 Ways To Stop Feeling Discouraged And Depressed

Feeling discouraged or depressed is a fact of life. Whether you are rich or poor, you will experience discouragement. That explains why a famous person with millions of fans and a truckload of money would commit suicide.

You see, discouragement can sap your energy. It can make you feel like life is not worth living. It can kill your motivation to the point you don’t want to do anything.

Maybe you are going through some difficult change in the workplace or your personal life. Maybe someone disappointed you. And you want to give up on yourself.

Perhaps you did everything you could to make things better. You poured your heart out. But the situation continues to get worse.

Look, I don’t know what is the source of your discouragement. But, what I know for sure is that if you hang in there, the tide will turn in your favor. I promise you that things will eventually get better.

I have no doubt that you went through some difficult change in your life. You didn’t think you were going to get through it. Right? But, guess what? You did.

5 Ways To Stop Feeling Discouraged

1: Model The Caterpillar’s Way Of Dealing With Discouragement

Do not rush the process. There’s no success without a process.

Whether it’s a relationship, workplace, or business problem you are dealing with, you should understand you are in a process. A little patience will go a long way. Hang in there!

Have you ever seen a caterpillar cocooning? Try to slice the silky pouch to help it turn into a butterfly faster. Can you guess what will happen? That’s right! You will kill it.

The caterpillar knows to keep pressing on and stay in the process. If it feels discouraged and give up, that’s the end of it.

Sometimes, you do not see the results fast enough because you are not ready. You don’t get what you want because it’s not right thing or time for you.

As the saying goes, “Patience is a virtue.” I believe a lack of patience is a lack of gratitude as well. The key is to focus on your progress versus your lacks. As long as you are making some type of progress, you should not be feeling discouraged.

When I first came to the United States, I was a broke immigrant. Nobody wanted to give me a job because I didn’t speak any English.

My discouragement and disappointment level were at an all-time high. Imagine if I had given up and go back to Haiti. I would never be where I’m today.

Maybe it’s a situation you are dealing with at work or in your relationship or some financial difficulty. The point I’m trying to make is to understand no condition is permanent. One day you will look back and feel very happy you did not give up.

2: Take Ownership Of The Situation

The moment you feel like the situation is totally out of your control, you have no power to change it.

If you are thinking, “Rene, you are right. I have zero control over this change. What can I do?”

Well, you can always choose how you are interpreting the event. You can decide to change how you react.

If you have no control over the situation, why worry about it? Why not choose how you are responding?

Don’t be a victim. Don’t point fingers. Stop playing the blaming game.

The reality is, there’s always something you can do to make things better. Quit saying, “Why is this happening to me?” Instead, ask yourself, “What can I do to change this situation?”

The kind of questions you are consistently asking yourself will determine how you feel about the challenge. Don’t ask, “Why am I struggling so much?” Change the question to, “How can I change the way things are for me?”

Disempowering questions will sink you deeper into depression and discouragement. They will cause you to think the worse will happen. They make you feel out of control.

Ask yourself questions that give you a sense that you own the situation. You are in control and you are not a victim.

3: Don’t Be Attached to The Outcome

There’s no guarantee that things will turn out according to your expectations. Be prepared to accept any outcome.

Most people are devastated when they don’t get the outcome they had in mind. They think all their expectations should be met.

I’m not saying you should not expect the best. I’m saying to accept what you end up with and move on. It makes no sense to continue feeling discouraged long after the event. Put it behind you. Set some new expectations and be ready to embrace whatever happens.

One of my coaching clients started creating videos for YouTube. Once he realized he was not getting enough views, he gave up. Let me tell you why.

It’s because he doesn’t understand what it means to be passionate about his craft. When painters, singers, or performers are creating, they never worry about the crowd.

The outcome of their hard work may be a standing ovation. It may also be criticism. Either way they don’t mind. Passionate people do things because of the internal satisfaction they. They understand perfection comes from imperfections.

Masters often lose themselves in the act of creation. They are more concerned about creating a masterpiece than applause. Their two main habits are patiences and hard work.

4. Change Your Physiology

When people are feeling discouraged or depressed, their first tendency is to curl under a cover and have a pity party. They don’t want to deal with other people. They shut off.

Sadly, isolating yourself from the world generates more discouragement and depression. Notice how your body responds to your thoughts. The physiology of a happy, excited, and fulfilled person is totally different from that of a discouraged person.

But, we can instantly change our physiology by changing our thoughts or our movements. Don’t stay in one place. Don’t avoid people. Be on the move. Have you ever noticed how busy people have no time to feel sorry for themselves?

Motion creates emotion. If you want to change your current feeling, you must move your body. Do something physical.

Go to the park for a walk or to the gym to work out. Go to a networking event. Although the Coronavirus is now changing how we interact with each other. But, I believe we will get back to normal living soon.

4. Listen to Uplifting Music

Music is an awesome therapy. For thousands of years, it has been impacting our lives. You can literally create a shift in someone in an instant by playing moving music for them. They won’t be able to resist feeling better. It’s not up to them. The brain will do the work.

If you want to boost your energy or get over your discouragement put on your favorite songs. Yes, that is movement. First, you have to put the music on. You will feel compelled to shake your body.

There are many irrefutable scientific types of research about the benefits of music and exercising. They increase your focus, changes your moods, boosts your productivity, and keeps you healthy.

If you can hit the gym and listen to mood altering songs when you are feeling discouraged, you would all set.

By the way, I’m curious. What is it that is making you feel discouraged or depressed. Share it below. I might have some specific advice for you.

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