The oh so familiar dark cloud had taken its place over your head recently, and you want to know how to stop hating life. But where do you begin, when you feel so hopeless in every aspect of your life? First, remember that you are not alone in this pain.
We have come up with 10 steps or actions to take to make you stop hating life, or at least tolerate it. Whether you've suffered a traumatizing event or you just can't seem to get a grip on happiness, these steps are sure to bring hope back into your life.
If you ever need to talk to someone or feel like you're going to hurt yourself, please call 1-800-273-8255.
Sleep just enough.
To start off our list of actions to take to make you stop hating life, we had to begin with something simple. Sleep is important, and should be taken seriously! It shouldn't be something that you sacrifice, no matter how much work you have to get done.
Your proprieties should still be with your health. Sleeping seven hours a night, by turning going to bed early into a habit, will allow you to start your days earlier, with a clear mind, and with energy.
Being well-rested can change your entire outlook on life, you just won't know it until you treat yourself to a night full of deep sleep (with little to no interruptions.) It is also important to not oversleep.
With taking care of your health and body in mind, you should also make a point to eat healthily and get some exercise. Though it might sound cliché and you might easily roll your eyes at it, being sure to incorporate these two priorities into your life will transform it.
I promise you will feel better, even if it's just for a little. Plus, you should never underestimate the power of endorphins being released by exercise.
Spend less time on social media.
Social media has been proven to decrease people's confidence. A toxic and time wasting thing to invest your time in, social media and simply wasting time online is not healthy. A problem for most millennials, being addicted to the internet is a real struggle.
As a great way to stop hating life, you must try and spend less time online each day. This can be done throughout a process, and with each day try and dedicate more time to other more proactive activities such as going to the gym or simply listening to music and drawing.
Anything that doesn't result in your head being in a screen is more beneficial than mind-numbing social media. It's unhealthy, provides unrealistic expectations, and will diminish your attention span.
Another simple step; get outside! Though this might be hard when it's cold and snowy out, just getting some fresh air will allow you to reevaluate your place on this earth.
Refocus your attention on your surroundings rather than being stuck in your head, inside the house. Plus, you can kill two birds with one stone, and get a bit of exercise in as well, by simply walking around your block and getting your heart rate going a little.
Dance and sing your heart out.
An incredible way to stop hating life is to pretend as if you don't. Trick your mind and your body into believing that it is feeling complete joy.
And what better way to do this than to sing and dance your heart out? Everyone's done this before, you know exactly what to do. Put on your favorite song you know every lyric to, turn up the volume, grab a hairbrush, and dance in front of the mirror, for an audience of one, you.
Something you might easily disregard as helpful, you don't even have to leave the house to do this, so you don't have any excuse.
You may have heard the phrase "practice mindfulness" before and never gave it much thought. But it truly can transform your thought process into a more desirable one, especially those who suffer from finding satisfaction and happiness in their life.
Mindfulness includes teaching your brain to let go of the thoughts that are destructive to your well being, and replacing them with proactive and desirable ones.
This has been proven to not only project a happier mindset, but reduce stress, fight depression, and benefit your overall health and well-being.
When you are in a rut, it is often hard to think positive, and in return, act positively. A great way to break this pattern is to treat yourself. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself every now and then.
And especially if you have been working hard to incorporate our other actions to make you stop hating life, that is reason enough to celebrate.
Hating your life does not mean you have to hate yourself. And though you may be exhausted, getting your spirits up enough to get up and out of bed can be made easier with the end result being a reward.
Make it small, like treating yourself to ice cream at the end of the week, but just something that will allow you to find some motivation to do better each and every day. You'll grow to appreciate the little things more and more.
Discover what triggers you.
Being able to pinpoint what you are triggered by is half the battle of beating these triggers. For instance, if you start to feel anxious or upset after scrolling through Instagram, try and discover the reason behind this, and act appropriately.
Cutting out negative triggers is one of the most beneficial actions to take. This will allow you to defeat the negative thoughts in your head even better. Think of it as putting blocks on the thoughts that trigger you becoming upset.
Get organized. Switch things up.
In order to stop hating life, you have to change your life. This doesn't mean drastic changes like moving across the country or cutting your hair off (though maybe that's what it'll take!), it can be as simple as getting organized and switching your surroundings up a little.
This is especially true if you have suffered a traumatic event, but it can work well with truly anyone who needs a new outlook on life. Starting with getting organized, clutter in your home will result in clutter in your mind.
So starting with getting rid of junk, decluttering your space, and getting completely organized. You will immediately feel a sense of relief when coming home.
To take this process one step further, you should also consider rearranging a bit; move your bed across the room, rearrange your living room, anything! Just a slight bit of controlled transition will allow you to have a "new" outlook on life, even if its as small as sleeping on the other side of your room. New is new.
Make goals for yourself.
Being able to look forward into your future is the first step to creating a bright one for yourself. If you can find something to look forward to, your life will transform. And making goals for yourself is the perfect way to have endless inspiration for the future.
Simply having personal goals is a huge step forward. And if you need to start small, begin with daily tasks that will result in goals completed by the end of the day. This will give you a source of purpose and responsibility each day.
When you discover your goals, you will discover more about yourself, and more about the motivation you will need to move toward them.
Last thing you know, you won't resent life as much if you have something to look forward to.
Reach out for help.
Our last action to stop hating life is to always reach out for help if you are in need of someone to talk to, reasons to move forward in life, or feel as if you have hit a dead end. You are never alone, and finding someone to talk to is easier than you think.
Plus, there are people around you who have felt the same way you have before, you just have to start talking about it to find those people.
Another great way to ask for help is to go to therapy. It is therapists' jobs to help you during this time of need in your life.
Again, we want to reiterate if you, or someone you know, is in crisis or in the need of immediate help, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.