Health/Wellness, Lifestyle

How To Get Your Life Back On Track After A Setback

Marisa Donnelly & dog Styles

It is not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with setbacks. It could be anything from a personal setback, like a breakup, to a professional setback, such as being fired from a job. These are all situations that require you to get your life back on track and keep going (even when it’s hard). 

There will be minor setbacks in life (temporary changes, conflict, mistakes) and also major setbacks (divorce, mental health issues, debt, etc.). However, there are many ways to move through these tough moments, whether by surrounding yourself with supportive people, changing your direction, developing new connections, or pursuing passions. But whether you’ve experienced a major setback or a minor one, here is what you need to know about how you can get your life back on track and move forward confidently.

Getting Your Life Back on Track After a Setback

In order to get your life back on track after a setback, it is necessary that you make some changes. This can be a difficult task, but it is not impossible. If you have a disability, one of the first steps may be asking for help from a disability attorney to get support. Or, perhaps you need to shift your lifestyle and priorities. This will all depend on the setback itself. Sometimes you’ll need to make major changes, and other times it could be as simple has investing in hobbies and activities, or opening up to someone about what’s going on in your life.

The Psychological Response to Failure

The first response to a setback (or failure) is often a negative psychological response. This is when people see failure as a threat, and they will do anything to avoid it. They may become extremely anxious and even develop depression.

Then comes the positive psychological response. This is when people see failure as an opportunity to learn something new or try something new that they wouldn’t have tried otherwise. It can be seen as a challenge or an adventure, and they will do their best to succeed in it.

As far as your individual situation goes, consider your natural response, and if it’s negative, think about how you can shift it. While this doesn’t mean you can’t grieve or feel your emotions, it does mean that you can move through them to a healthier, more grounded state of mind.

Why People Fail and How to Get Back on Track

The world can be a tough place. It’s full of challenges and disappointments. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on everything you’ve worked hard for! When you have a setback, it is important to take time for yourself and recharge. However, it is also important to keep in mind that setbacks are not the end of the world. They are just a part of life and everyone has them. The most important thing is that you should not let your setbacks stop you from trying again or prevent you from taking risks in the future.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️