10 things to tell yourself when life smacks you down

Sometimes life is just really nasty and smacks us right down to the ground.

It feels awful and can leave us flailing, trying to figure out how to get back up again.

Here are ten things to tell yourself that might help you do just that. Be sure to check out the resources that go along with each idea.


1. I’ve made it through this (or worse) before.

Unfortunately, we can’t permanently escape pain in life. But this can actually be helpful: Remember that this is not the first time you’ve faced heartbreak, grief, emotional distress, or any other kind of calamity.

You made it through then and you will now even if you think this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. (more…)

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How good are you at bouncing back? Take the quiz!

When faced with a crisis, some of us bounce back just like a fully inflated ball while others of us hit the ground with a thud and stay there, totally deflated. How good are you at bouncing back? Take this non-scientific quiz to find out! Let’s hear how you did in the comments section.   […]

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Infographic – 30 Things to start doing for yourself

I love this infographic. What’s great about doing these things for yourself is that each and every one of these helps to build your resilience. Put one or more together and your ability to bounce back in life will increase even more quickly. Print the infographic out and stick it on your fridge, mirror, or […]

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6 ideas to help you bounce out of depression

Note: This is a guest post by blogger and author David Ramos.   The phone rang. I lifted my head up off the tear-soaked pillow and searched for the phone under a mess of tissues and blankets. Hello, I said, doing my best to sound as if I hadn’t just finished crying. Hey man, how […]

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Knowing this one thing about yourself can change your life

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy fix for problems? Some little thing you could do that would help you bounce back in a big way from a rough patch in your life? Occasionally, there is. Here are a couple stories from my private practice (names and identifying details have been changed) of people […]

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15 easy tips to bounce back from everyday frustrations

Your gossipy co-worker cornering you in the break room. Finding yourself in an unexpected traffic jam on the only day you have a meeting first thing in the morning. Getting another notice of your unpaid telephone bill even though you paid it two weeks ago. Being placed on hold again by the customer service department of […]

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Need more self-esteem? 5 reasons why you really don’t.

“If I only had more self-esteem, I would be completely happy,” my young client declared as we discussed her goals for therapy. Internally, I heaved a big sigh. “Okay,” I responded, “Let’s explore self-esteem . . .” What happened to self-esteem’s cred? Remember when parents and teachers were encouraged to make sure children developed healthy […]

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