Everyone has times in life where it feels as if nothing is going right. Many people have times in life where truly nothing is going right, and it’s not even about feelings. It’s just true. It can be tough to find inspiration when bad things happen, especially if they’re truly out of your control. However, there are things you can do to be inspired when nothing is going right.

  • Focus on Gratitude – It might seem impossible to you right now, but some people have it much worse than you do, and they find a way to see the bright side. This can be hard to accept, but anytime you feel put upon finding people who are worse off than you are so that you can focus on being grateful that it’s not worse.
  • Allow Yourself to Feel – Even though you probably do have it better than others, it’s okay to feel your feelings. It’s perfectly fine to be angry, sad, or have any emotion you want to have regarding the situation. However, feeling an emotion doesn’t mean you have to act on it if it gives you negative results.
  • Learn to Breathe – When going through bad times, it might surprise you to know that you are likely holding your breath a lot. Take time each day to simply breathe. The oxygen you take in will enable your mind to work better, and you’re going to feel better.
  • Stop Asking Why – During hard times, the biggest question is often why. But that sometimes has no good answer. It just is. So, stop asking why and instead ask what. What can you do if anything to make either the situation different or the situation more livable? Then do that.
  • Remember That Everything is Temporary – Nothing is forever, including you. That can sometimes seem super depression, but when you realize that the things you’re going through now will end eventually even if you don’t do anything, it can make it easier to get through it.
  • Focus on Neutral Language – If you cannot bring yourself to practice positive self-talk right now, that’s okay. Instead, focus on making your thoughts and words neutral. Neutral can make you more positive because you’re not focused on the negative and is often easier to do when you’re in the thick of the problem.
  • Disconnect for a While – For some issues, disconnecting from social media and the outside world for a bit can help. However, don’t isolate yourself away from people who are good for you.
  • Focus on Mindfulness – Being super aware of what you are doing right now instead of what comes before or after is an excellent way to help yourself through a difficult time. Anytime you feel yourself getting anxious about what’s happening and losing your inspiration, double down on really experiencing and feeling what you are doing right now.
  • Do Things You Love – If possible, even when everything else sucks, find ways to do things you love. If you’re stuck in the bed sick, watch movies, read, or just use your imagination to dream up unusual things.
  • Hire Help – If you feel stuck in your lack of inspiration and it’s affecting your life, it will help you to find someone that can guide you. A professional life coach or business coach can really address these issues and even inspire you by guiding you.

It can be challenging to see the end of the road when life is weighing you down. However, nothing lasts forever. This really will pass. Even if you think it’s never going to pass because it feels like that at the moment, it really will. When you hold on to that and just take your time making it through the hard times, you can find inspiration in the smallest things if you just try.  

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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