With summer in full swing, there are countless activities to do. What do you do when it seems like everyone else is enjoying them but you? You may feel sad, isolated or just plain left out. Whether your family’s off doing things on their own or your best friend’s hanging with a new crowd, try these ways to get through the dog days of summer.
Don’t Let the Sting Trigger Your Emotional State
Finding out on social media that your best buds are headed to the beach for the weekend without inviting you can feel devastating. This can be especially hard if it’s a repeat trip you all take around this time every year. You may ask yourself:
- Why didn’t they include me?
- What did I do wrong?
- Am I not good enough?
These questions can easily lead to feelings of despair and hurtfulness. They may even trigger low self-worth and depression. Don’t let them. You don’t need a reason or explanation for why they chose to go without you. Most likely, it’s nothing personal. Keep your self-esteem and happiness intact and move past it.
There’s no reason to glue yourself to your phone or social media waiting for someone to invite you out for cocktails at your favorite beach bar. Make plans with yourself.
Get dressed, do your hair and treat yourself to your favorite drink and appetizer. Step out of your comfort zone, and maybe even get out and dance a bit. You might make some new friends.
Take Charge of Your Own Happiness
It’s never wise to place your happiness in the hands of someone else. Have the frame of mind that, no matter if you’re left out or not invited, it should never damper your mood.
Having a happiness-driven life can make the hurt of being let down by others feel less painful. Fill yourself with positive thoughts and engage in an outlet that brings you inspiration and joy.
Regroup With a New Group
Ever heard of not putting all your eggs in one basket? The same holds true with pals, friends and acquaintances. Expand your tribe.
To have a friend, you must be a friend. Put forth from yourself what you want back from others. Seek out people who have similar interests as you. Putting yourself out there among new groups of people will open new doors and opportunities to engage in fun summer activities.
Now’s the time to let go of relationships that no longer nourish your authentic self. You deserve to have fun and experience life, so get out there and embrace the day. Don’t let one missed opportunity ruin your spirit to take summer by the horns.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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