Staying Positive During a Rough Patch


Recently, I've been feeling overwhelmed with many things I needed to do both at work and for my passion projects. I used to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day, but have always been dragging myself out of bed for some time now. I had a short vacation, but even that barely helped me to get back on a positive note. I have become too outcome-focused, and I haven't been taking good care of my mind lately.

There are a lot of things that affect how you and I think and feel on a daily basis, and most of the time, have little control over it. These things come and go. In life, there are peaks and valleys. We go through a lot of highs and lows. Having a healthy mind helps you through these situations. Here are some things that I do to stay positive and take care of my mind.

1. Meditating

Meditation helps me become more centered and be present in the moment. It helps me release my stress and my thoughts into the air as I breathe in and out. To tell you the truth, I have been skipping on meditation due to a busy schedule, and this is most likely why I've been feeling imbalanced.

Meditation is a practice that needs to be done regularly to reap the most benefits. It's an exercise for the mind.

2. Walking and appreciating what I have

I would often take short walks around the area and think about the things that I am thankful. I would slow down, and things would become clearer. As I slowly regain my consciousness from the mad rush of life, I would begin to appreciate that I still live a comfortable life, or that I can afford to pursue my dream. It helps put things into perspective and make me enjoy life more.

3. Focusing on what I can do instead of what I cannot do

Most of the time, there are options; and even for those times when it seems like there are none, there is something I can do. I can choose to rant or get angry, or I can stay calm and do what I need to do. It's all about perspective and making the most of the situation. I notice that for the times I chose the latter, I find myself getting back up faster.

4. Having meaningful conversations

Being alone makes me think about a lot of negative things. Sharing some moments and discussing goals and dreams with family and friends solves that. Having deep conversations help me steer the conversation away from what I feel, and channel it into something meaningful, especially if I end up helping them in the process. It feels a lot better to reach out to others and share yourself with them. In the process, you also help yourself.

5. Do what you love without pressure

I would stop working on client work or responsibilities for the mean time. I would remember the feeling of holding the pen and writing without worries. I would think about how it felt the first time I made art that I was proud of, and would try to scribble with the feelings of warmth and pride. Slowly, the worries fade, and the passion reignites. Finally, I would remember why I love doing lettering, and I become calm.

Hope these tips help you out during your rough patch. Share your tips with me. I'd love to hear from you, and maybe it will give me a hand too :)