Life is a series of ups and downs and there's really nothing anyone can do about it. When you are on a high, you feel nothing but happiness and positivity. On the flipside, when you are on a low, sometimes you forget what that high feeling felt like. When you experience a low, understand that it is a feeling not necessarily a reality. How do you overcome these feelings? I find that written words are a big part of understanding what I am feeling. When you are on a high and life seems to be an exciting adventure, write down how you feel, the thoughts on your mind, and what is causing happiness and joy in your life. At the same time, when you are low, pay attention and write down what you are thinking about... your feelings, and what is causing pain in your life. You must learn to differentiate the two. You must learn to tell yourself while you are feeling low that this is not it, these feelings are not your reality and this moment is not final. When you're feeling low, go back and read your notes from when you were feeling high and do the things you did. Remind yourself of the joy and the happiness and the people that make life worth living. Figure out what made you happy when you were on that high. Sometimes the best counselor is yourself. Trust yourself, trust your notes and believe what you wrote. You are the one that wrote them.
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” -- Mary Oliver (1935-2019)