For those who do not know a dark night of the soul is what one would call their experience of collapsed meaning. For people going through a dark night of the soul, nothing makes sense and everything is hell.
People dealing with a dark night of the soul are going through a depressed state. Usually, there is a trigger for this sort of thing but for some, it can come out of nowhere. If you have not experienced one yet, you will. We all go through dark nights of the soul. I have been there before and know I will be there again at some point but luckily I now know things I did not know last time I experienced a dark night of the soul.
If you are going through a period of sadness or ‘darkness’ this is something you need to read. There are steps you can take to getting through what you are going through. If you are going through something that is truly shaking your life to the core know that you are not alone and you will make it through. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Step 1: Acknowledgement
Don’t ignore what you are facing. Make sure you are aware of it in all aspects. Bring it into the light so that you aren’t hiding it away anymore.
Step 2: Understanding
Understand that you are where you are for a reason. There is a lesson to be learned here. Know that there is something you need to do in order to move forward on your path whether you know what that something is right now or not.
Step 3: Finding Your Courage
Take some time to find your courage. This is something only you can do. It will take time so be patient. Trust in yourself and be determined in all that you do. Only you can force yourself through this rough time. If you sit idle you will only steep in darkness.
Step 4: Self-Care
Put self-care first, your needs need to be met. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are getting what YOU need. Your needs are not negotiable, don’t fall behind.
Step 5: Meditate
Be gentle with yourself. Take some time each day to meditate and go at things as you see fit. Taking things slowly sometimes is the best approach but don’t let yourself fall into a rut or come to a standstill.
Step 6: Share
Share what you are going through with others. Do not do this alone. You need a proper support group. Those who love and care for you want to be here for you if you will let them.
Step 7: Ask Yourself
Ask yourself what it is you need to do to move forward. Is it time? Am I ready? Where do I go from here? Only you know when where and how things should go.
Step 8: Baby Steps
Take baby steps if you need to. Get back out there and let yourself actually feel something as time progresses. You don’t have to jump right into things.
Step 9: Be Grateful
Count all of the things you have to be thankful for. Appreciate all that you do have and all that you are. Know that even now, in your time of darkness there is light.
Step 10: Thank Those Who Matter Most
Thank everyone who has helped you get to this point. Those who have been there for you through this dark time. Really make sure they know you appreciate them.
Step 11: Move Forward
Now that you feel better and are aware of where your life path is headed get moving. Move forward as you see fit and don’t let anything hold you back. We all hit rough patches and nothing is too hard to overcome, you’ve got this.