“There’s something infinitely healing in the related refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson
Springtime reminds us, that even after the coldest, darkest winter, tiny seeds can grow into the most beautiful flowers. And just like the cherry blossom and budding plants, this is your season to bloom.
It probably won’t feel that way when you’re struggling with chronic illness, financial problems or troubled relationships. But like a dandelion that grows through the cracks in concrete or the lotus flower deeply rooted in the mud, you can flourish in the face of adversity. It surely won’t be easy, but you can still cultivate positive emotions, find new meaning or start over.
Take a look at 12 flourishing quotes to help you bloom where you are planted.
It’s one of the saddest feelings in the world: loneliness. Like Freddy Mercury sang: “Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry. Nowhere to go, nothing to do with my time. I get lonely, so lonely, living on my own.”
Although being by yourself can make you feel lonely, loneliness isn’t the same as having no people around you. Sometimes it can be great to have time to yourself, while other times you may feel lost in a sea of people. That’s because are different kinds of loneliness:
Social isolation, when you’re physically alone and don’t have any company. This kind of loneliness is common in the elderly, people who are housebound or when someone’s just moved to a new city where you don’t know anyone.
Emotional loneliness is the feeling like no-one understand you or what you’re going through. You feel different than everyone else due to your chronic illness, sexual orientation or world views. What’s more, it may feel like you have no one to talk to, because none of your friends and family truly listen or support you.
A lack of belonging – the sense that you have no close relationships or aren’t part of any groups. Maybe you feel left out or even purposely excluded. Social media can also reinforce the idea that everyone is having a great time together – except you.
To make matters even worse, feeling lonely has a negative effect on your physical health too. Studies show that loneliness puts you at a higher risk of becoming ill and even a shorter lifespan.
But loneliness isn’t all bad. Although the feeling definitely hurts, and you shouldn’t be lonely every day, occasional loneliness also has its upsides. Being lone gives you time to think, reflect and remind yourself what’s most important to you. It can stir your creative side – who hasn’t heard of a lonely, tormented artist who created their masterpiece during their darkest times?
Have a look at these 13 loneliness quotes below to make you feel less alone.
When you think about it, the only constant in your life is you. And yet, many of us struggle to accept – let alone love – ourselves for who we truly are, flaws and quirks included.
Too often, we compare ourselves to others, feeling that we don’t measure up. What the critical voices in our head tend to forget, is that we’re only seeing the highlight reel of other people, while our own journeys are filled with ups and downs. So we beat ourselves up over the mistakes we make. Even when we do succeed, we feel like it’s more a matter of luck than the result of our talents, skills and hard work.
Self love can be especially hard to practice when you have a chronic illness. Because how do you love the parts of your body that hurt, let you down and prevent you from living a ‘normal’ life?
And still, self love has a big impact on your quality of life. Self love helps you to set healthy boundaries, allow supportive people in your life only and practice self-care. When you respect your own wants and needs, you’re more likely to make decisions that nourish instead of deplete you. That’s why Gala Darling states that loving yourself is a revolutionary act.
Take a look at these 11 self love quotes to help you realize it all starts with you.
Tough times often turn into moments of self-reflection. Hardship like chronic illness, relationship problems and financial troubles forces you to stand still. It leaves you wondering: what went wrong and what happens next? Difficult times also make you re-examine your priorities: what matters most in life?
Coaching doesn’t give you the answers, but it helps you pose the right questions. Asking meaningful questions can help you look at your situation from a fresh point of view. That new perspective may give you the insights you need to find solutions – or, if there aren’t any easy answers, acceptance and inner peace.
Even though you didn’t ask for it, painful periods can provide valuable life lessons. According to research, roughly 70% of people who went through tough times have experienced some kind of psychological growth in return. Following adversity, you may have a new understanding of yourself, a greater appreciation for life, a deeper connection with loved ones or a higher purpose in life.
Need a little help with your soul-searching? Whether you use them as a daily journal prompt or explore them together with a trusted friend over a glass of wine, take a look at these 31 coaching questions to help you grow.
There’s nothing like chronic illness to put your patience to the test. When you become sick, you spend a lot of time waiting – waiting to figure out what’s wrong with you, waiting for treatment options, waiting to find a new ‘normal’ again. There are no quick fixes or overnight cures.
And all the while, your illness doesn’t take a break. That’s the big difference between getting worked up over being stuck in traffic or other irritating situations – you can’t escape your own body and mind.
The urban dictionary defines patience as ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.’ But in a world of instant gratification, being patient is slowly becoming an old-fashioned virtue.
Take a look at these 14 patience quotes to help you hang in there when your persistence is being tested.
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