Personal Growth

How To Find Joy In Hard Times

Are you having a hard time being joyful these days? I can understand. 

As sure as the sun rises and sets each day, you will have periods in your life when things are just not going your way. In reality, life is basically a constant change of emotional ups and downs.

At this moment in time, we’re all going through a worldwide pandemic that has just gotten us emotionally low and stuck in our homes most of the time. You may find yourself getting through this one day at a time, but in reality, it’s sometimes a bother. Therefore, it also steals our joy and may lead to depression. 

While we cannot control what happens outside our door, we CAN control ourselves. You can control yourself. There are things you can do to maintain a positive and even joyful mindset.

I have written a lot of posts that I hope can help you through these negative times. But remember, you are in charge and have the choice of seeing this season as an opportunity or a path to negativity. 

Here are several ways to find joy in the hard times, even if it is for a moment. 

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Surround Yourself With The Right People

Make sure you get the right people around you, especially when going through a difficult period, for you to hold on to your joy. When life is really beating us up, we withdraw into the solitude of our home, wanting to throw the covers of our heads and be left alone with our thoughts. 

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, there will be times where solitude will be healthy and necessary. But doing it the right way is also important. Use these self-care activities to bring joy into your moment. However, when you find yourself in a really low spot, robbed of your joy, connecting with those who make you happy is mandatory. 

There are several ways to connect with your loved ones if you don’t feel to visit, or, during these times, cannot visit them for this reason. 

  • Face Time on iPhones and Video calls on Android
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • A simple phone call
  • Email
  • Text
  • Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok) 
  • Good old-fashioned letter writing 

Remember That Nothing Is Permanent 

Nothing in life is permanent. Fortunately, nothing in life is permanent! Let’s state that again, this will pass.

Let this be an affirmation to your life: What I am going through is only but a season. This season will pass through and I will be okay and remain strong. 

Thinking about the temporary nature of this season in life is not something we like to dwell on. It is also not something we should ignore. On the contrary, keeping this truth in mind during low times can be very beneficial. Whatever you are going through, no matter how bad it may be, remind yourself that it WILL pass. 

In fact, most of the time, the season we go through is not based on any effort we put it in. It is so easy to get into the mentality, thinking to ourselves that we have to use an immense effort to make something bad go away. When in reality, we don’t. It will eventually go away without any of our efforts!

Even though tough hard times occur, just know that TIME is one of the solutions to increase our joy. If you want to maximize your joy during difficult times, remember that your situation is not the way things are, only the way they are RIGHT NOW. 

Be Grateful

When life is hard, the only thing you can only think about is the hard times. Well, how about some gratitude? The more you focus on things you have, your blessings, the more you can produce joy in your heart. As mentioned, know that the hard times are never permanent, so why not look into your blessings and enjoy them as the hard times are passing by?


Base Your Happiness On Yourself

If you want to have consistent joy, you cannot dictate your joy with your circumstances. 

If you let every good thing that happens you lead you to ultimate joy while the negative lead you to sadness or even depression, you’ll continue being in an emotional roller of exhaustion! Stable, consistent joy can only be created and found within yourself. Creating a happy life is not easy but you have the mindset, power, and love to live it. 

Distract Yourself With Your Hobbies

If you have a hobby or interest you love doing that makes you happy and joyful, put those into good use as of now. If you love walking, then walk yourself around your neighborhood, enjoying the weather. If you love puzzles, grab your box of puzzles, while putting on some music as you play. Dance as well if that’s your favorite thing to do. If you love watching movies or want to rewatch old tv shows, go ahead. If it brings you joy during the hard times, then it’s worth enjoying it. Just be mindful of where you are and attempt to enjoy it well.  

Lean, Praise, & Ponder On God

You may ask yourself as to why would God do such a thing? That I cannot tell you. But what I do know is that He is still present. Though we may not comprehend His plan, nor even understand what is going at the present moment, HE is still present. 

Back in the Old Testament of the Bible, even the people of Israel went through something similar to this. It wasn’t as globally pandemic as this, but it made them cry out to God for mercy and forgiveness. God heard their cry and eventually seized their illness. 

God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble – Psalm 46:1 NIV

What I’m saying is that though this is something that we cannot fathom to understand, The Word of God still reminds us to Thank Him, Praise Him, and Lean on Him for comfort, healing, and happiness. Though it is ultimately your choice of how you see this situation, with God, despite the circumstance, your view of this is leading you to grow close to God. If you’re a believer, I urge you to read Psalm 46:1 so you can be encouraged. 

Life is far less about what happens to you than it is how you react to it. You are in charge of how you see your situation.

One thing that I want to mention is that it’s okay to not be joyful during a hard time. You have the right to not be joyful. There I said it.

There are people out there that aren’t just the joyful types, which in turn, helps them see life a bit differently than some others, which then gets them out of that sad stump. On the other hand, if you’re the person that doesn’t know how to get through hard times, use these tips/advice.

I hope that whatever you’re going through, know that you’re going to get through this, on your own time and pace.

Until Next Time, 

Simply Alia

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