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Dealing with Discouragement

Sometimes, we face challenges that can physically and mentally discourage us in our health journey. These setbacks can trigger denial, anger, bargaining, and depression.

Oftentimes, we blame ourselves and engage in self-sabotaging thoughts that impede our progress towards achieving our goal. This article explores various healthy coping mechanisms that can help you to overcome discouraging situations and turn them into meaningful striving.

Without warning, challenging situations can emerge in our lives. Resilience is necessary to adapt to challenging situations much more positively during hard times. Different people cope and handle challenges very differently.

Building the strength to overcome the challenges in our life takes a lot of courage and willpower. We may stumble, fall and lose our sense of direction momentarily. 

Here are some of the ways you can incorporate to build up that strength and resilience to rise back up:

1. Make connections

Stay connected with close family members, friends or others that believe in and support you. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you helps strengthen resilience.


2. Seeing challenges as an opportunity to grow 

Obstacles and challenges are inevitable. Rather than seeing challenges as a threat, please take it as an opportunity to help you grow, develop new skills and gain valuable life experience.


3. Move towards your goal

Create a list of small, realistic daily tasks that can help you achieve your desired goal. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem far-fetched and unachievable, ask yourself, "What’s the one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?"


4. Foster a positive view of yourself

Developing confidence and trust in your ability helps build resilience. Each time you wake up in the morning, say one positive thing to yourself. For example: “I am capable. I am determined. I am super motivated today!”


5. Maintain a hopeful outlook

An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try to visualize what you want, rather than worrying about your fear. Finding a sense of purpose will give more meaning to things you are currently doing to achieve your long-term goal. 


This article was brought to you by Naluri Mental Health Coaches. Naluri empowers you to develop healthy lifestyle habits, achieve meaningful health outcomes, and be healthier and happier through personalised coaching, structured programmes, self-guided lessons, and health tools and devices. Download the Naluri App today or contact for more information on utilising digital health coaching and therapy to become a happier, healthier you.

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