Ups and Downs

Ups and downs are a natural part of each of our lives. Experiencing the intense highs and lows are human experiences we should all feel blessed to have. Although these strong emotions make us feel alive, learning to cultivate the right balance makes sure we don’t stray off in the wrong direction. 

Relax. When we hit the lows in life, stress, anxiety, and insecurity rise quickly. This can snowball and create even more chaos in our lives. One of the ways to get out of a rut is to do things we enjoy that create a sense of relaxation and calmness. When we put our mind in a state of serenity, many of the worries we have fade. Our troubles may not disappear, but having a clear mind and a calm state gives us a moment to breathe. 

Socialize. The best way to balance back our emotions is to get out and socialize. When we’re around people, connecting in a deep way, we forget about the negative emotions that consume our mind. Surrounding ourselves with people we can communicate with is one of the best ways to get our mind in the right place. 

Find meaning. Sometimes how we feel is too deep for relaxation or socializing to solve, so we have to dig deeper. When we find our purpose, why we’re here, and how we can serve others, our problems fade. Our priority becomes to help others however we can. Putting our life in perspective and creating meaning from responsibility gives us the opportunity to see a much bigger story than our own life.

It doesn’t matter who we are or where we plan on going, we will always face a variety of emotions. Some will feel amazing and some will drag us down. It’s normal to feel a range, but the key is to stay balanced, stay focused, and keep moving forward.

"I think that life is difficult. People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don't always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude." -Jennifer Hyman

 

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