The Happiness Project

Mental Health blog, focused on self-care and learning to love your life!

Well boys and girls, ladies and gentleman… We almost made it one full week in until something crazy had to happen.

It’s not that I had super high hopes or anything, but really?

This is not a political blog, so please refrain from posting your opinions in the comments. But something did hit me last night, and I thought it would make an interesting blog post. And to put it quite simply… what do you do when you feel like the world is shattering around you?

I believe we all come to a realization that at some point in our lives, we realize that we can not control everything around us. And if you can be a wee bit bossy like I am, this is a hard pill to swallow. However, I have had multiple occasions where this thought has crossed my mind. The first time was when I was a very young child, although I did not realize it at the time. The next time was when I was fifteen years old, when my (ex)stepfather walked out of our lives and I was left to pick up the pieces. And the last time was when I was twenty years old, when I realized that I needed to take control of my life and stop trying to fix something that just wanted to stay broken. Now I’m twenty-five years old, and my first daughter is coming in May. Blame it on the pregnancy hormones, but I couldn’t help but to think that my daughter will in never experience a childhood like mine. And truth be told, it’s kind of depressing to think about.

So what do we do when we realize things like this? It’s easy to get swept up in the emotions of it all, and believe me, I certainly did for a while. Humans are fickle little creatures, but we usually rely heavily on our emotions to guide us through this crazy thing we call life. So when your emotions become to much to handle, how do we stop it from getting to being to much? Well, I’m still trying to figure that out, but please allow me to share a few tips and tricks that have helped me along the way.

  • Close out of the social media! Yes, I know it can be really difficult, as our lives (especially us bloggers!) seem to revolve around social media. But taking a break from the negativity or constant onslaught of news can be really healthy for you.
  • Say no more often. If 2020 taught us one thing, it is that taking things slowly and going with the flow is sometimes the best option. Understand that you can say no to requests, chores, or duties that can be done another day to give yourself a break.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. This might be a little more difficult, especially in a society that is ruled by religious or political obligations. But when you don’t feel like the odd man out, it can really improve your mentality!
  • And last but not least, appreciate the smaller things, like your good health, a job that you love to do and supports you financially through this rough time, or anything else that you might take for granted. We are not guaranteed for anything in this life, so appreciate everything while you have the chance!

Whether you are determined to make 2021 your year, or you are still recovering from 2020, hope these few words can bring comfort your life and as always, I’m always here to lend an ear! Have a wonderful rest of your week! ✨

The Library Lady ♡

3 thoughts on “2021 So Far

  1. Ayana says:

    This was a great read and tips to help stay grounded when life throws curve balls.

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  2. All politics aside, as far as reading is concerned, 2021 looks like a real winner! I hope it is like that for you, too!

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  3. Lizzy says:

    Yes to these tips! Especially the break from social media. I took a year off and it was liberating. No more political hate and anger everyday. Also, I became more productive and much less stressed.

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