These days the news reminds us of the violent and tragic world we live in. it’s no wonder so many people find themselves suffering from anxiety and depression. Maybe you’ve found yourself there too at one time or another because of a broken relationship or personal tragedy.

I was in a very dark place many years ago when living in an emotionally abusive relationship. I was so depressed, there were times I spent the entire day in my pajamas with the blinds closed in the dark. I honestly felt like I was going to live the rest of my life that way.

Eventually, I learned there were 2 things I had to change before I could pull myself out of it, and I’d like to share them with you today.

Change The Way You Think

The term “you are what you think” might sound a little cliche’, but, it’s truth. Unfortunately, some of us have been conditioned in our younger years to think that the way things are right now are the way they will always be.

The problem when we think this way is that we set low expectations that eventually set us up to fail. If we expect we’ll never grow, never be happy, or never find the love of our lives, etc., that’s how our story will be forever written.

Change What and Who You Spend Time With

When we hang around people long enough, their attitude and the way they see life becomes contagious. You already know when one apple spoils in a bag, it eventually spoils the rest if it isn’t removed.

So, it would make sense that surrounding ourselves with those who encourage and love us unconditionally despite our flaws can eventially make us feel hopeful. 

When we find ourselves alone, surrounding ourselves with positive things like inspirational books and music can fill in that gap. Admit it, you can’t help but dance and feel happy when you listen to Pharrell Williams Happy or Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t stop the Feeling“, right?

So, I want to know, what is it that turns your frown upside down? Please share below!