Here we go with a message all writers need: 10 Steps to stop feeling sorry for yourself. What? You’re a writer and don’t feel sorry for yourself? How can such an anomaly be? Anyway:
by Henrik Edberg
When you fail, make a mistake or things simply don’t go as well as you had hoped then how do you feel?
Do you feel sorry for yourself? Well, that’s natural in some situations and too an extent.
But do you get stuck in that mental state too often and for far too long?
If that’s the case then this guide is for you.
Because in it I’d like to share 10 steps that have helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself.
Simple habits and techniques that have helped me to reduce and overcome this issue in my life and to stop spending so much time and energy on it.
Now, let’s get started.
First, calm your mind and body down a bit to think more level-headedly and clearly.
This simplest way to do that?
Just sit down. Close your eyes.
And then breathe through your nose and with your belly.
Focus only on the air going in and out. Nothing else.
Do that for 1-2 minutes (I like to set a timer on my smart phone so I don’t try to finish early).
This will center you and make you feel more focused again.
2. Zoom out into the world (and then tap into gratitude).
Ask yourself: does anyone on this planet have it worse than me right now?
This question helps me to see things from a wider perspective.
I often follow it up with asking myself:
What are 3 things I can be grateful for but often take for granted?
Well, I can be thankful for many such things.
- Fresh water.
- Three steady meals a day.
- A roof over my head.
Just these first two steps is often enough for me stop feeling sorry for myself and not get stuck in self-pity.
If not, then I move on to…
3. Zoom out in your own life.
Ask yourself this about the situation that has caused you to feel sorry for yourself:
Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks from now?
The answer is most usually for me that it actually won’t.
But I’m sometimes a bit hasty to make a mountain out of a molehill.
4. Find one opportunity or lesson in the situation you’re in.
This can help you to see what happened to you in more optimistic and constructive light….