Have you ever felt discouraged? Most of us have from time-to-time. Discouragement is unique in that it is often the by-product of a failed attempt or a loss. When we try to do something and do not succeed, it can bring discouragement. This is different from feelings of depression or anxiety. Discouragement causes us to feel like giving up. Our “get up and go” just isn’t there anymore. We begin to feel as though there is no value in continuing to work toward our goals. In fact, we have difficulty identifying our goals.
When we find ourselves in this slump, it is important to do two things:
- Identify what triggered the discouragement. Was it a job loss, financial set back or end of a relationship? Identify the trigger and create a plan to better deal with the situation in the future. Not every discouraging event can be avoided, and learning to constructively deal with disappointment is a skill that is only perfected by overcoming obstacles.
- Look at all you have done well, and celebrate those things. We all make errors in our judgment at times. We have to allow ourselves to be human. Mistakes teach us. They help us grow, and therefore should not be viewed as entirely negative. Forgive yourself for your mistakes, and determine in your heart to learn and grow. Celebrating past accomplishments and the positive aspects in your life takes the focus away from the negative and turns it toward all that is good and right in your life.
Discouragement is a natural part of life, but it should not be allowed to remain for long. If you are struggling with issues of ongoing discouragement, it may be time to seek professional depression help from a treatment center. Life is a precious gift and you deserve to enjoy it to its full potential.