Discouragement is a normal part of life’s ebbs and flows. Whether you are discouraged about work, a relationship or even about yourself, there are positive ways to overcome it. This article will offer positive and practical ways of handling discouragement and turning things around so that you can live your best life.

Gratitude Journal

The biggest weapon to combat discouragement is gratitude. Most often, when you’re discouraged, your focus is on the negative; it’s on all the things that are going wrong or poorly in your life. It’s important to adjust your focus and reroute your thoughts to more positive things.

Keeping a gratitude journal will force you to see the good and to acknowledge its presence in your current situation. It isn’t meant to discredit what might be happening, but to bring awareness to all the other great things around you. Being able to shift your perspective is the first step in overcoming discouragement.

Regularly writing down things you are grateful for might be a challenge at first. But stick with it. The more you do it, the easier it gets, and the quicker you are to see the positive. If you need a bit more structure, try this 21-day Gratitude Challenge from the Huffington Post.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are words or phrases that you repeat to yourself, out loud or silently in your mind, to help cultivate a more uplifting mindset. It might seem cheesy or strange if you aren’t used to doing it. But give it a try and see how it begins to shift your attitude away from negativity.

If you are discouraged about something in particular, you can use an affirmation that speaks to that issue. For example, if you are discouraged about your relationship with your partner, you can say, “I respect and admire my partner and see the best in him/her.” Or if you are discouraged about your job, you can say, “I know exactly what I need to do to achieve success.”

You can find these and other helpful affirmations in Barrie Davenport’s “Positive Affirmations: 101 Life-Changing Thoughts To Practice Daily”.

Rely on Your People

When things get really tough and you can’t seem to find your way through discouragement, don’t try to go it alone. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. And then learn to rely on them when you need to. Sometimes all it takes is talking through your situation to get some clarity and feel better about things.

Having people around you who believe in you and who see the best in you, is truly an invaluable resource to have in life. Build relationships with those people and be purposeful in cultivating that type of community. Because life will always bring hard times and you’ll need these players on your team.

Check out this article on cultivating life-long friendships and begin to deepen the existing relationships you have in your life.

Discouragement can be overwhelming. If you don’t have the proper support or tools to handle it well, it can be difficult to rebound from. Use these three positive ways to handle discouragement and seek out other ways that work for you. Remember that you’re not alone in this battle and that things will eventually get better. Take good care of yourself and know that you deserve it.

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Edu Grande