Let’s face it; we all go through tough times at some point in our lives. Things may be tougher now than they’ve been in a while, and tough may seem the norm these days. Whether it’s a breakup, losing your job, or something else that has you down, one good thing about tough times? They don’t last forever! You can and will overcome it, but sometimes it’s a process. The next time you’re going through one, remember these four things:

Know that You’re Stronger Than You Think
Yes, you are! All too often, we underestimate the strength we possess. When a tough time presents itself, that’s when we need to channel our inner strength the most. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control the way you respond to it. Let your response be one of strength and optimism. Keep a positive mindset and always have the faith that things can and will get better! Times may get tough, but you’re tougher!

Focus on Taking Care of Yourself
When the weight of the world’s on your shoulders, self-care is probably the last thing on your mind. Try making yourself a priority, being kind to yourself is an amazing way to promote healing. And don’t forget, self-care doesn’t have to be a stressful or extravagant production (unless you want it to be)! It can be as simple as taking a hot, relaxing bath or using your favorite essential oil. It can also be just taking quiet time for yourself, time to clear your mind. Whatever you choose to do, do it with an open heart and mind and enjoy the rest and relaxation! Need some inspiration? Check out our ideas for Self-Care Sunday!

There’s No Shame in Asking for Help
Tough times undoubtedly affects us in a multitude of ways—mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually. But, there is no shame in asking for help when needed! We’re all in this together, after all—struggles included. Seek help and advice from the people in your inner circle—co-workers, family, and friends. Trust us, just talking about things can help alleviate stress.

Look for the Light, it’s Always There!
Sometimes not getting what you want can be a blessing in disguise! Tough times may inspire you to reevaluate things happening in your life and might just open the door to opportunities and new possibilities that you previously overlooked. That overwhelming feeling of dread and despair that you’re feeling because of what you’re going through? Just remember, it’s temporary. You might not see it illuminating now, but that light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than ever!

Change, good and bad, is always certain in life. If you find yourself struggling with change and being consumed by a tough time, remember these four insights. Even when life gets tough, be willing to bet on yourself, no matter what!