35 Ways To Stay Strong

35 Ways To Stay Strong

Never give up.
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What does staying strong mean to you? We're talking mentally and emotionally here- not working out. Is it to be resilient, every time you get your heart broken you're able to bounce back? Or does it mean to be unshakable, so that your heart can never be broken? Or, does it mean to simply appear strong so it looks like nothing is wrong?

Whatever strength means to you, here's a little inspiration to keep it going.

1. Remember people's opinions of you do not matter.

2. All that matters is how you see yourself.

3. It's OK to break down sometimes.

Everyone has a breaking point. There's no shame in having a good cry. It's better than bottling up your feelings.

4. Hard times make you a stronger person in the end.

Every struggle will make you stronger.

5. There is a greater purpose to the struggles you are facing.

It's all part of your development as a person. Trust the process.

6. Life isn't meant to be easy.

If you're breathing, you can handle it.

7. Every struggle is the opportunity to grow as a person.

You're on your way to success!

8. It has to get worse before it gets better.

Bad things happening are a sign good things are on the horizon.

9. People are mean.

How people treat you is a reflection of them, not you.

10. Just because people treat you badly doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you.

The only person's actions you can take responsibility for is your own.

11. In fact, the brighter you shine, the more people will try to take you down.

The better you're doing, the more haters you'll get. Brush them off, they're just jealous.

12. Don't get discouraged.

Take care of yourself. Because if you don't, who will?

13. The best days of your life haven't happened yet.

You have a lifetime of happiness ahead of you. Keep your head up.

14. Put yourself first.

Never stop working hard- especially when you're tempted to give up.

15. Don't rely on others.

No one can take away your independence.

16. Prove 'em wrong.

Show the world what you're capable of. The more successful you get, the more people will try to tear you down. Ignore the hate; focus on yourself.

17. Someday you'll look back on the hard times and it won't hurt anymore.

It hurts now, but it won't forever. You will heal from this pain.

18. Because someday, it'll all make sense.

Everything happens for a reason. I promise!

19. Things WILL get better.

Nothing lasts forever, including heartache. You will overcome this.

20. It's all part of the process.

Life is hard. Don't take it personally.

21. No matter what, you have to keep going.

You can break down and cry, but you can never quit.

22. Never give up!

Ignore the little voice in your head telling you to give up. It's wrong. You are strong, and you are worth it.

23. Eventually your hard work will pay off.

You will have something to show for the pain you're enduring now.

24. You will persevere.

25. You will get better.

26. Bad days make the good ones better.

27. Things never stay the same- good or bad.

Time heals everything.

28. The only thing in life that's consistent in life is change.

Things are tough now, but this too shall pass.

29. Everything happens for a reason.

When one door closes, another opens...

30. Rise above the negativity.

You're better than that.

31. Resist the urge to doubt yourself.

Hang in there. You can do it!

32. You're stronger than you think.

33. Never lose hope.

34. Once you've hit rock bottom, you know things can't get any worse.

35. Stay true to yourself.

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My Aunt Was More Than An Addict, She Was More Than Her Addiction

She was many things, but not just an addict. Her recent passing has given me the opportunity to reflect on how I feel.
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As tragedy struck my family with my aunt passing away, I came to the realization that no matter how you prepare to grieve it never helps. The tears still flowed, the sobs still filled the church, and I found myself having interchangeable spells of numbness, anger, and sadness.

My aunt was someone I was close to since I was a child, but our relationship had gone through so much stress due to her leaving that, in the last few years, I tried to resent her. Since she was a young girl she developed an addiction to many drugs, usually uppers, and managed to either bring our family closer or, like many of the years, tear it up.

For a long time, I hated her addiction. I blamed it on her choice, always thinking to myself how could she ever choose drugs over family?

Now I am wiser. I know addiction is a demon and sickness all on its own. I had seen her be clean for more than a year or two before relapsing without warning. All it took was being with the wrong people to break her, and while I wish there was some conversation we could have had to prevent it, I knew it would not happen.

Drugs, alcohol, and other seemingly dangerous habits might at first be a choice to someone, but once the full addiction takes place there is no conscious choice of “this or my family.”

Addiction varies from person to person, some able to quit cold turkey but most needing to seek help from professionals. Even the least religious person can be pushed to believe in some kind of higher power in order to break them of their addiction. Many times again my aunt was the latter.

She would say things such as “you're the reason I came home” but for her, it was a belief in God and going through prison that managed to get her and keep her clean for the longest time. Yes in her last year's she had a relapse, but I choose to celebrate her times sober as I felt these were the times she was allowed to be herself.

Despite our estranged relationship, I looked up to her as a child. Her artistic skills gave me something to strive for and her constant words of encouragement still push me to this day to be what I now know I can be. Her morals may have been clouded, and her judgment may have been hindered, but I know her heart was good. She did a lot of bad things, but looking into her eyes you could see the guilt as she was faced with the consequences. She was more than just some addict on the street. She was family.

If you have a relative with addiction, I understand your struggle. Yes, their initial choice might have led them down this path, but now it’s out of their hands. No one blames you for having precautions when dealing with them, but I do ask you to not hold any hatred or resentment in your heart. It weighs you down far too much.

And if you think you have an addiction here is a list of services that can help you. You’re not alone. All it takes is the baby step of calling or contacting to start this domino effect of getting sober.



National Addiction Helpline

If Someone You Know Is An Addict

More Information About Addictions

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An Open Letter To My Boyfriend

An open letter to the boy who's showing me how to love again.
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An open letter to my boyfriend.. 4/10/17.

Dear J,

At this very moment in time, I am the most infatuated with you I have ever been, but I know this is so miniscule compared to how I will feel for you as time goes on. As we progress in our relationship and as the days fly by, I fall more and more for you every day. You show me how to make light out of serious situations, you make me laugh at the most stupid stuff, you introduce me to new music and art.

You make me believe in the good things coming and you make me want to live until I’m 90 and all of our present-day experiences will just be fond memories by then. You show me how to trust again, you show me how to love again. You prove to me every day that you care about me and that your intentions are pure. You’ve got a heart of gold and the most beautiful soul I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

I’m not one to be sappy and cheesy where I know the whole wide world can see it, but you make me want to try new things and get out of my comfort zone.

You push my limits in the best way, but you’re so understanding and respectful of my limits and boundaries. You show me new places and new food, heck, one day I may even try actual sushi.

You make me feel beautiful even when I know I look like a total egg. You tell me how beautiful I am multiple times a day, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I don’t feel the need to put my past on blast for everyone to see, but you know it and I hope you realize how much I appreciate you and everything you do and say.

I could talk about you forever and write a million words describing how I feel about you, but I think it would be too long for anyone to ever be able to read.

Like I told you awhile ago.. how I feel for you is what hopeless romantics always try to write about but they can never find the right words.

Thank you for everything you do every single day, thank you for being you, thank you for existing.

Thank you for being mine, J.

Us against the world, f&e.

- A

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