5 ways to pick yourself up when life knocks you down
Life has been HARD for me, since the birth of my second daughter, 7 months ago. I’ve cried a LOT, I’ve struggled to know who I could talk to and I’ve felt sorry for myself. Throughout it all I’m so grateful for my husband, my family and dear friends who talked in circles with me, held me while I cried, told me things would get better and that God was with me.
There have been a TON of contributing factors and I won’t give you a laundry list of why my life has been hard, because who needs that. But I will give you some tips on how I got through it.
Confide in people who will love you, encourage you, support you, pray for you and be the hands and feet of Jesus to you! Meaning ACTUALLY helping you, buying your groceries, bringing you a meal or babysitting your kids to give you a break.
Know that tomorrow is a new day and you will come out of this season. It may not be when you expect, how you want or on your timeline, but the season will transition eventually.
Enjoy a moment, find a moment of peace and joy. Maybe it is as simple as watching your kids play while you drink your warm coffee. Moments put together are what make life beautiful, so don’t miss out because your life is hard. This is obviously hard to do in the thick of it, but focusing on something other than yourself and your problems is powerful.
Ask for help, sharing that I’m struggling with people I’m close with opened up the opportunity to process, be vulnerable and shows that you’re open to their help!
Make time for things that bring you joy. One of the things that brought me so much joy in my struggle was when a girlfriend called me and just said, “want to go finish some Christmas shopping with me at Ross and Target WITHOUT the kids?” Ha, I mean seriously I never would have thought something so simple and mundane would be so refreshing.
Ladies, we do not have to put up a strong front all the time. It’s ok to struggle, it’s part of life. Being honest and vulnerable is important, it’s so easy to always say “I’m good” and never dig deeper, but these struggles are where growth lies, we become more mature and honestly the biggest thing I’m grateful for is how I’ve come through this, I can now be there in return, in a way that never was possible before. Was it painful? Absolutely!