11 Tips To Get Through A Tough Week

11 Tips To Get Through A Tough Week

We've all been there, but there's a way to survive.

Because we've all been there throughout major stress, some life-altering event, or just having a rough few days, but regardless of the reason, just having a bad week can be a thing. As much as it's awful, we've all kind of been there, done that for a multiplicity of reasons and yet- there's a way to battle this and make an awful week into a good one.

1. Jam out to some great tunes

It's always uplifting to listen to music that not only is great to listen to but feels good to listen to. Music can be really therapeutic and sometimes the things bringing us down can be forgotten or put aside.

My music tastes tend to reflect my moods and there are times you want to listen to those songs you're going to rock out to or even just the ones that keep you in your thoughts or the tunes that bring back good memories and of course the favorite that make you happy each time you listen to them.

2. Find some motivational quotes

Literally, search your heart out. Pinterest has walls of quotes that are uplifting and motivational. Whether they're religious or just quotes that make you feel good, it may end up as a new wallpaper on your phone or just a loved image that keeps you going.

3. Exercise

I know something that clears my mind is exercising. Even if it's not something that you particularly enjoy, it can help to make you concentrate at the task at hand (i.e. whatever way you're exercising) and takes your focus away from what's stressing you out or even can help to work out emotions that you're dealing with. If all else fails, it's good to exercise for the shower afterward.

Giving your own concert in a shower is always a joy--even if you're the only one to enjoy the show.

4. Find your friends

Whether you simply go out for coffee with them, go hang out together doing homework or studying, simply going to hang out with them, getting a hug from someone, or calling a friend you haven't talked to in what feels like forever can be really reassuring.

It's easy to feel like we should disconnect ourselves from the work simply because we're not feeling it and what's going on is something you need to deal with on your own or something that can take a friends help. Never hesitate to ask a friend for support or even just someone to sit with and be in each other's company because if they're a real friend they'll be there and it won't matter why- the company is always appreciated. Surrounding yourself with people who support and love you can make what feels like a world of a difference in even just a bad mood.

Friends are there to support and care for each other, plus sharing laughs with friends is always a way to feel good. I know that even if I feel sad or want to remember something happy, I have a jar of happiness with little notes and memories and random thoughts from a friend.

If you're feeling bad, it could brighten your mood to do something similar for a friend if you aren't lucky enough to have a jar of your own or even just filling a jar (or any container basically, the jar is basically for aesthetic) with happier memories and thoughts, sayings, or even stupid jokes that you can pull out from time to time.

5. Don't be the victim

Sounds a little confusing? It's so easy to feel sorry for yourself enough that you no longer realize what could be keeping you down, is actually you. I typically give myself about 5-10 minutes to pity myself when I'm having a bad day or week and then I make it so that I can change how I feel. I look into ways that actively are either distracting me or make me feel better about whatever's happening or even just myself.

6. Watch a movie

It can be nice to just lounge around and watch a movie maybe you haven't seen before. Even better, one that will make you laugh. I love watching those movies that maybe you've seen them a million times before, but that doesn't mean that you won't watch it again in a heartbeat.

The feel-good movies are the ones that will make you see a character, however, un- or relatable they are and maybe make you think back to yourself. I know that with a friend of mine, we exchange funny Youtube videos and will watch them, knowing how much we've laughed and how much the other person will laugh.

Embarrassing videos can be really funny or even just a vine compilation of ones that will make you laugh so hard it hurts. If this doesn't help, it can be really useful too to unplug from the world to give yourself a break. Nowadays, life moves so fast that sometimes we don't ever unplug so that we can slow down and relax from the bright lights and constant news that we face each day.

7. Get some sleep

Sleep is something that can easily make you glow. That- just woken up after passing out-type of glow you get when you wake up. That type of sleep that you wake up from and you immediately feel bright and energized, that's the type of sleep I'm talking about, it's almost magical. Even naps can be a solution for making your mood better, even if just somewhat of an improvement. They're short, but oh so useful in making you more awake, recharge you, and improve a mood.

8. Eat some chocolate

A girls best friend, right? Yes and it also keeps away the Dementors. But seriously, even a little bit of chocolate can make you feel good. Just don't eat too much- the stuff is addictive.

9. Color your heart out

Sometimes, coloring can help you get out emotions. The best things are those "adult coloring books" complete with swears woven into the various patterns of each page or even finding a cool pattern to color can be relaxing. If coloring isn't your thing, sometimes even journaling can be really relaxing- it helps to get out your feelings and express your thoughts.

10. Look cute

Whether that consists of beating your face, dressing up, or even just looking a way that will make you feel good about yourself could definitely improve your self-esteem and make yourself feel better. Personally, whether it's as simple as dressing in a way that makes you feel good about yourself, looking cute can improve your mood because it's definitely easy to look good for yourself and express yourself in a way that simply stands out for looking how you want and not giving a crap what other people think.

11. Focus on what's important

Like I said, it's easy to pity yourself and dig the hole you may be standing in deeper, but once in a while, take a step back and look at what you've got, what you're going to do, and even where you're at in life. Looking around at life, it could help you to recognize the little details that make your life so important and find each way to recognize what's special in your life.

Life moves fast, so if you don't slow down every once in a while you may not recognize the great things and you'll settle for what's okay. It's MORE than okay to realize that maybe you're not okay. A tear every once in a while isn't such a bad thing. Letting pent up emotion out is looked at as a weakness, but it's showing your strength by how long you've maybe held it together when you've really been falling apart.

A quote I recently found says, "exister c'est oser se jeter dans le monde" by Simone de Beauvoir. For those of you who may not speak French, it says- "to exist is to dare to throw one's self into the world". By simply being you, you're throwing yourself into the world.

And not just the world, but a world filled with all sorts of anger and emotion that from time to times should be dealt with well and maybe makes you realize that for the times you're doing fantastic, a day or a week of unhappiness or stress or whatever is causing you pain, can be changed by simply changing your view and making yourself see what's important.

While I don't know anything really about what the severe struggles of life may be, I can tell you that having a bad week can seem to disintegrate feelings of gladness we were having all along. Though, having one bad week doesn't mean you're having a bad life and that hole that you found yourself in can be covered so that you can bring yourself out of it and live your life the way you intend. Life doesn't always work according to our own plans, but it has a way of revealing itself that pushes you out of where you thought your limits might be.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Everything I Feared Came True — I'm Still Standing

And so from the outside looking in, someone may say that my life is utter chaos and in ruins. But so what if they're right? They don't define me. But even I say that my life is utter chaos and in ruins. But so what? God intended for this all to be good.

Ryan Fan
Ryan Fan

This past year, almost everything I feared came true. I felt like, at times, I lost everything I cared about: reputation, friendships, and everything in between.

But by the grace of God, I'm still standing. And by that grace, I know it is for the greater good that I cannot yet see. This is a time in transition, but I know for certain that if I can keep standing in this cold season in my life, that God has made me more resilient and more tolerable of adverse circumstances than I ever imagined.

I have always had a deep fear of swimming in open water. When I was really young, I almost drowned, and to this day I have some slight fear going into the water at a beach or ocean. But then once I'm there and in the water, things are fine. I know that everything will be alright, and that's an awareness I didn't have when I was younger.

All my fears came true, but that was the best thing that could have happened to me. At times, that destroyed my anxiety. My pain and grief over losing almost everything I cared about was the best thing that could have happened to me, and although I couldn't see it at times, and sometimes I still can't see it, I know it's true now.

Pamela Cytrynbaum of Psychology Today echoes the point in an article that explores how grief can cure anxiety. The worst happened to Cytrynbaum when she lost her brother out of nowhere, and it wasn't even something she was anxious about. Instead, her anxieties were filled with germs, date rape, identity theft, Ebola, financial instability, and health. She tackled those anxieties through flu shots, insurance, seeing the doctor, and checking her credit rating.

How did this one get past my supersonic, hypervigilant anxiety radar? I thought I had played out every possible loss, every scenario, all of the potential wolves and Nazis at the door. Never saw this one coming.

She realized she didn't fear the right demons, "so certain I knew what to look out for," thinking she could outrun the wolves coming after her. But she couldn't see this one coming. "I know these are just thoughts and my life is full of profound blessings. But that's not how it feels," she says. "I got punk'd by my own brain. Big time." And for her afterward, nothing was scary anymore. "No loss seems impossible," and the loss of her brother was a sort of "pathological innoculation." Her profound suffering in grief taught her to prioritize what really mattered, and all those small fears didn't.

There is another popular adage I was reminded of recently: Murphy's Law, which states that "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." And we scoff at Murphy's Law as something our overprotective parents or guardians tell us when there's any semblance of risk in our lives. I don't see any reason to abide by it and prepare for the worst possible outcome in any given situation or we won't take any risks (which is probably why, at 22, I don't think about insurance that much). But what happens when it actually applies, when whatever can go wrong does go wrong?

Well, it's important to note that when we say everything goes wrong, it means that everything goes wrong according to our plans. Sure, no one has close ones dying or unemployment or natural disasters anywhere near the top of their plans, but what we mean more by everything going wrong is just that circumstances turned out drastically unexpected.

It is only that kind of adversity, though, that reminds us of how lucky we are and how good we have it. Paul Hudson of Elite Daily writes that highly successful people "plan and then attack" in these circumstances because "moping isn't allowed." But my experience and my circumstances reminded me that sometimes, we just have to feel it or it's like a wound we don't treat, a wound that needs stitching that we don't stitch up. When life is a journey through hell and back, having a scar lets us thrive, but just pressing forward unsustainably with a severe, untreated wound does us no favors. Yes, we have to keep going, but we also need to take the time to stop, too.

Seeing our scars as sources of pride remind us that we are more resilient than we ever imagined, and our stories can inspire others to believe in themselves and do the same. I certainly know the heroes in my life are the ones who have navigated and traversed the most difficult of circumstances and come out on top.

When everything goes wrong, we're reminded how lucky we are to even be alive, even when being alive is an ugly thing to go through. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on," Robert Frost once said. And those words are true and always will be while we mentally and emotionally wrestle with these questions. But Betty Draper of "Mad Men" offered succession and counterargument to that quote when she said, "I know people say life goes on, and it does, but no one tells you that's not a good thing."

Whether good or bad, though, there was a voice that told me, sometime in the peak of my struggle, that no one can decide whether our circumstances and life going on is good or bad. We decide. And God supersedes us and goes a step even further in the Genesis 50:20 rule: what man intended for evil, God intended for good.

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself," Robert Frost said. And so from the outside looking in, someone may say that my life is utter chaos and in ruins. But so what if they're right? They don't define me. But even I say that my life is utter chaos and in ruins. But so what? God intended for this all to be good.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for a while. I'm still standing, and everything will be alright.

Ryan Fan
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