What is a difficult time in life

7 tips on how to stay positive even in difficult times

We all know it: sometimes things just don't go as planned. Then we often have the feeling that the whole world has conspired against us and we are with them to face our problems alone

It doesn't matter whether you're going through a global pandemic, arguing with loved ones, making difficult decisions, or experiencing a loss - in difficult times we find it difficult to stay positive.

It is particularly important in these situations Never lose hope, not least for the sake of our mental health.

That's why today we have seven tips for you on how to stay positive even in difficult times.

1. Remember past hurdles that you have successfully overcome

Even if we don't like it, unfortunately the fact that we repeatedly go through difficult times in life cannot be avoided. When you think back, you will surely also remember some past situations that made you feel strongly challenged to have. And you may also notice that you survived it despite everything.

That means: You can do it this time too! And when you look at what has helped you in the past, you can often apply that to current problems as well.

2. Self-care

Especially when you are not feeling well, you should take time for yourself and listen to your inner voice. Prioritizing your own physical and mental health is by no means selfish, on the contrary: Only when you are fine yourself, you can really be there for others.

So do what is good for your body and soul! You should also make sure that you get enough sleep, exercise, and fresh air.

3. Limit your media consumption

Of course, especially in the current situation, it is important that you are well informed. This is why you should be following the top news from reputable sources.

However, if you spend all day paying attention to content that makes you sad or angry, you are doing yourself a disservice. Instead, you end up in a vicious circle where it becomes increasingly difficult to stay positive.

Social media, Netflix and video games also grab our attention. But they also make you waste your time doing nothing productive all day - and that can end up affecting how you feel.

Instead, use the time to tidy up, go outdoors, read a book, talk to your loved ones on the phone or start a new hobby!

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4. Be grateful

As bad as the situation may be, there is always a little light on the horizon, that one thing that is positive in spite of everything.

Focus on it and be grateful for everythingwhat gives you strength and support and what gives you joy in your life. It can be people or seemingly insignificant little things - it doesn't matter!

And remember: things could be a lot worse.

5. Get support

Even if it feels like that sometimes - you are not alone. Talk to friends or family, or chat online with people who are in a similar situation to you.

You don't have to find a solution to the problem right away. Sometimes it is enough to do everything to speak of the soul - after that you will feel a little better!

6. Wonder if this problem will still be relevant in a month's time

Sometimes problems seem bigger than they actually are. Asking whether your current problem will still play a role in a month or a year can help you manage the situation more realistic to assess.

Is it really a problem that you should give your full attention to, or are you actually worrying too much about something you won't even remember in a few months?

7. Change what you can change and accept what you cannot change

The bad thing about situations like the current pandemic is that we as individuals have very little control over them. And things that are out of our control can be frightening quickly.

Therefore, focus on the things in your life that you can actively controlno matter how small they may be. At the same time, you should try to accept what you can't change - even if you don't like it.


And one last note at the end:

Many of our tips have something to do with that Mindset to do. You may not be able to change that completely overnight, but you can train it. The first step is to be aware of your own mindset again and again. But reminders on the mobile phone or routines can also help.


So then - stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive!