How to Stay Positive when Feeling Overwhelmed


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The past semester was not easy. I really struggled juggling uni requirements, personal commitments, and casual jobs, that I barely had ample rest. This, in the end, resulted in a burnout. Unfortunately for me, I have no choice but to carry on and see myself through the semester. After all, it was almost the halfway mark for my Master of Commerce program.

Moments like these are not new to me but it never fails to bring about some melancholy when it does occur. Other situations or personal relationships may also bring about some form of added stress. My only weapon is to stay positive despite when things don’t go as planned or as favorable as I imagined them to be. It is a matter of how to deal when life seems to throw rocks at you or how to dodge those hurdles on the way to your path of success.

So how do you deal? My usual response is to initially go with the flow, let myself go through the sadness and then pick myself right back up. I find that this is most effective for me because being sad is normal, but it is prolonging it that’s not normal and ideal. I strongly believe in the saying that There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Things happen and believing that they indeed happen for a reason makes me feel better all the time. This is how I strengthen my resilience. Of course, there’s always the comfort of our friends and family.In the same way, it is important to share a bit of our time to those friends who might need help. A simple chat might help someone’s life! Depression is a serious condition and may lead to more serious situations such as self-inflicted harm and the like. In support of this cause, here are some emergency lines:

  • Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

For all things negative, remember that negativity is a state of the mind and you can always choose positivity. Choose to say and believe that you can see better days ahead!

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