You know those days where you just feel confused, discouraged, and downright exhausted with the everyday college grind? We all have them. And they suck. When you’re feeling hopeless, it can be hard to get back on the right track. That’s why we’ve compiled these six strategies to help you kick hopelessness and get on with your life:
Focus on What You Can Control
I know, easier said than done. But it can be really helpful. Make a list, either in your head or in a journal, of all the things in your world that you have control over. Remember that life doesn’t just happen to you, you control your own path.
Art can be extremely therapeutic. Whether it’s breaking out your fave adult coloring book, or simply painting your feelings, getting lost in an art project is a great way to clear your head and get re-inspired.
Send a Friend a Care Package
This one may seem far-fetched, but it really does help. After all, who doesn’t love getting packages? There’s nothing better than the feeling of making someone’s day. Plus, it’ll remind you of all the good you can accomplish and probably send some good karma your way in the near future.
Spend Time With Kids
Kids offer a unique, simple perspective on life. If you’re bogged down by recent current events, or the feeling of impending doom whenever an adult asks you what you want to do with your life, it helps to put things in perspective. Plus, kids are hilarious. After an afternoon with them you’ll be refreshed and hopeful about the future thanks to their infinite optimism.
Think About How Many People Have Affected You Without Realizing It
That’s probably a lot of people, right? The same goes for you. Every single day you make someone’s day better, and your actions matter, whether you realize it or not. Reflect on that.
Remember That You Matter
When you’re feeling hopeless, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel like you’re not making a difference in the world. Fight that thought. You matter, and the world needs you. There’s a quote I love, “No one is you and that is your power” and it’s so true. Each of us is here for a reason, we just lose sight of it sometimes.