Nine small things you can do right now if you’re struggling

Alex Mathers


I’ve had many moments when I felt tired, fed up, overwhelmed and in despair.

It seemed like everything was going wrong. I had no out. I just wanted to lie in bed and do nothing.

But doing nothing, no matter how hard it seems, is the last thing you need to do.

When it seems like our world is crumbling, this is never how it really is. It just appears like this.

When it seems we have nothing left in the tank, this is not the time for big, drastic actions. either

You don’t need to quit. You don’t need to leave the country. You don’t need to burn bridges.

You need a second to breathe. Stop revving on fourth gear.

You now need to re-engage first gear. And you need to focus on the simplest of actions.

The tiniest of actions are the most powerful thing in the world.

They transform you from victim to leader in a flash. And mindset is all that matters at this point.

The small stuff seems small, but — in the throes of despair — they are gigantic.

Try these:

Brush your teeth.

Tend to your self-hygiene.

Have a shower.

Do one thing that demonstrates the tiniest degree of self-care.

Show yourself that you do care. Get off your sofa, walk to the bathroom, and do it.

Even if you already did it.

This is a powerful act because it sets in motion other actions that represent ownership.

Clean up.

Wash the dishes.

Wash a single dish.

Clean the bathroom mirror. Make your bed. Do something that demonstrates care for your environment.

If you can’t take care of your surroundings, you will have difficulty moving forward in your career, business and relationships.

Decide to stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Pitching yourself as a victim in any way is tempting.