Queen Bey said it best, “Imma keep running cause a winner doesn’t quit on themselves.”
If 2017 started for you like it started for me then I know just having the energy to keep going has been a challenge. It seemed like the weight of everything in my life (work, school, relationships, etc) all came crashing down at once. And I quickly became overwhelmed by it all. At one point it had gotten so bad that I found myself in class trying to hold back the tears. Negative thoughts began to cloud my mind. I felt like I would never reach my goals.
As dramatic as it sounds I really felt like I was going through a quarter-life crisis. When I become too stressed, I shut down. I have to tune out the world to keep my sanity. I relied heavily on my loved ones to give me the encouragement that I couldn’t find the energy to give myself. Without them, I probably would’ve had a mental breakdown.
We can be so hard on ourselves and put so much attention on what’s not going right that we neglect the things that are. Just listening to other people share the problems in their lives, I realized I needed to relax and be thankful. Because at the end of the day, it can always be worse. Not to say that I used others hardships to make myself feel better, but it really put things into perspective for me. I made the decision that I could continue to wallow in my sorrows or pick myself up and move forward.
As silly as it may sound, I found that writing positive notes to myself keeps me calm. Also, at the end of the day, I started to focus on at least one thing that made me smile or feel accomplished. It’s amazing how simple things like that can shift your entire mood.
I’ll leave you with this: Adjust your crown and fix that frown. You’re doing better than you think!