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From time-to-time we all hit rough patches. These times can make us feel discouraged, or frustrated, or anxious.

Sometimes we retreat and look for ways to avoid the situation. We may develop a tense or snappish demeanor. We can also become morose—not too enjoyable to be around. Other aspects may suffer—we have a sour or worried look on our faces and we may let our appearance go, even just a little bit.

Now is not the time to lose ground: fight back! Take things step-by-step, breaking them into small pieces and tiny increments.

More importantly, though, is to do things that validate you as a good person who’s capable and competent, and who is a person others are glad to see.

How do you do this?!

First of all, take care of yourself. Get out your mirror and repeat your favorite pep words and phrases to yourself—focus on positive thoughts. Take care with your appearance. Make sure your clothing is clean and in good repair, and keep up with your daily grooming routines. Make sure you are drinking water and eating fresh, alive food—also getting a good night’s sleep. Stand straight and tall with your shoulders thrown back. These actions will help you regain a sense of control.

Then, take care of others. Look for opportunities to help someone else. Is there a neighbor, friend, or family member who is going through a rough patch of their own? Perhaps there is some way you can help, even if it’s just lending and ear as they talk about things. Or, there are probably opportunities in your church or community where you can volunteer. This will help you feel valuable and needed.

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These steps will help improve your attitude and give you a boost of confidence so that you can better handle the rough patch. Give them a try!


Your homework today is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Next, look around and see what you can do to lend a helping hand. It could be something as simple as holding a door open for the person entering behind you or giving a passerby a nod and a smile.

You can do this, I know you can!

Post in the comments section about the lending hand you reached out today.

I’m so proud of you! You’re the best!!

Your Friend,


One thought on “Rough Patch”

  1. Thank you to my readers who noticed that a paragraph was accidentally cut off (the one following “How do you do this?!”). Sorry about that! 🙂


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