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3 Steps to Overcoming Discouragement

We all feel discouraged from time to time.

When relationships begin to shift into territories that cause us to be discouraged or discontent, try taking these three steps to get back on track.

1) Find a better way

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. There is a lot of wisdom in that statement. If you are feeling at odds with your spouse or another family member, try doing things differently.

For example, you could choose to do something with your spouse you know they enjoy doing even though it's not your favorite. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone.

2) Don't just think about the problem; think about the solution.

Our brains can be overwhelmingly problem-focused. When this happens, we run the risk of believing that quitting is the only option.

Make sure you are asking yourself the right questions.

  • What are all my options?

  • If quitting was not an option, what would I do to make things better?

  • What is in my power to change?

  • Am I thinking as God wants me to?

Pray and ask God for wisdom.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." James 1:5

3) Attitude is a little thing that makes a huge difference.

Take time to examine your attitudes. Determine if your attitude could be different and how. A positive change in one person's attitude can alter a relationship for the better. Be aware if you have a “doom and gloom” outlook on your life. If so, take extra steps to do the following:

  • Practice gratitude. Keep a journal of what you are thankful for.

  • Make sure you are taking time for yourself.

  • Don't skip lunch.

  • Encourage yourself.

  • Notice your accomplishment daily.

  • Listen to music.

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