13 Steps To Start Over After You’ve Lost Everything

There are times in life when you need to sink to the very bottom before you can rise back up again, stronger than you were before.

Whether it is a natural disaster or your own past actions that have brought you to this moment in your life, there are steps you can take to help you rebuild your life.

Accept Help

The first step is to admit that you need help and to take it. When you are confronted with a crisis, accept help from friends and family. Don’t allow your pride to get in the way. Your family and true friends will want to do everything that they can to help you during this time. Accepting their help and support will provide you with the opportunity to focus on rebuilding your life.

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As well as practical help, such as offering temporary housing or financial help, your family and friends can also provide you with mental and emotional support to help you overcome this difficult situation. 

Be Patient With Yourself

It will take time for your situation to improve. That will
be a frustrating and difficult time, but things will get better. In the
meantime, you need to be patient. Progress will come, but it might take a long
time. Don’t rush yourself. Instead, give yourself time. Keep focused and be
patient with yourself as you learn to adjust and adapt to a new reality.

Decide To Take Action

When you feel yourself reaching your limit or the moment when you think to yourself, “I’ve had enough of this” or “I don’t want to live this anymore”, seize it! Use that raw, motivational energy to help you change your life. Allow that realization to become a moment of awakening. Truly seeing the situation you are in and having the clarity to decide to change it takes courage and determination. Allow your anger and frustration at your existing situation to be the catalyst that spurs you into taking action.

Seek Help From A Church

If you are at rock bottom and feel you have no-one to turn
to, then remember that churches always have their doors open to anyone who
might need them. Regardless of whether or not you attend church normally, or
are even religious, churches have a range of services available to help people
at all stages of their life overcome difficulty and hardship. In times of
natural disasters, churches are very often some of the first to be on the
ground, actively helping people, offering support and practical help. If you
need help, reach out to your local church and let them know. If you aren’t a
regular churchgoer, you can still reach out anyway. As well as offering
practical help in times of need, churches can also help to guide you towards
other sources of support if they are unable to offer to help themselves.

Assemble Support Services

In times of crisis, particularly if these are the result
of a natural catastrophe, it is crucial to mobilize all the support services
that you can. Seek out your local community groups that may be able to help
bring relief to the victims of any disaster that may have happened. As well as
churches, consider reaching out to any community groups, companies or
professional groups who you think may be able to offer help. Consider whether
there are any professionals or philanthropists who you may be able to inspire
to offer help and support. Remember, help and aid comes in many forms. Although
practical and financial help is crucial during such times, so is emotional and mental
health support for all those who have been affected. Encourage the communities
who have been affected to come together and support one another. Share
knowledge, strategies and crucially, share crucial resources.

Get Hold Of Your Important Documents

It is vital that you are able to access your important
documents at once in time of a crisis.

“No-one wants to think about a terrible disaster happening
to them. But what can be even worse, even more devastating, is realizing that
it has happened and you have lost access to all the important documents you may
need,” says Billy Morales, a survival writer at Academicbrits. “Make sure that you keep all your important documents,
especially all insurance details and documents, in one safe place. Consider
keeping them all in a Grab-n-Go Binder. It’s also a good idea to have copies or
to store another binder with a friend or family member that you trust. As soon
as something happens, make sure that you get hold of your binder and start
contacting the insurance companies straight away to maximize your chances of
getting through to them before they become inundated with other people in the
same desperate situation trying to make contact.”

Create A To-Do List

Keeping focused and combatting the urge to hide from the
world can be tough. Instead, write a to-do list every day. This way, your day
will have a purpose to it and you will be more motivated to get up and keep
going than you might be otherwise. The list doesn’t have to be big and the
tasks on it don’t need to be world-changing either. Write a list of all the
things, however small, that you want to accomplish for that day. Depending on what stage of the process you’re at, it
could be something as simple as, “go for a run” or it can be something more
ambitious, such as “send 5 applications”. Think about setting yourself small,
achievable goals for each day.

Kick Bad Habits

Difficult times can cause some people to turn to nasty and unhealthy habits for comfort. But this will only make the situation worse. If you are drinking, smoking or taking part in any other kind of addictive behavior, you need to make sure to stop it at once. Your situation will only get worse if you don’t. Consider the type of person you want to be. Indulging in poor, especially addictive, habits will not help your situation to become better and it will prevent you from achieving any sort of personal advancement.

Develop A Positive Mindset

The biggest enemy to our own self-improvement and
self-development is quite often ourselves. Adjusting to a new situation, a new
life and a completely new start will require you to think positively and be
proactive in your outlook and approach to life. It takes time, practice and
determination, but you need to start training yourself to think positively.
Surround yourself with other positively-minded people who can be a good
influence and support to you at this time. Push aside the negative thoughts of
“I can’t” or “what if?” and replace them with positive messages and conviction.
Each time a negative thought enters your mind, stop it in its tracks. Rephrase
it into a positive thought instead, such as “I can” or “I will”. Thinking
positively will help make the process easier and help you to develop a
healthier mindset for the future.

Incorporate Positive Actions Into Your Daily Life

Think of the things that make you happy and try to find a
way to incorporate more of them into your daily life. Think of concrete actions
you can take, rather than abstract ideas. Start with small actions that will be easy to follow and implement.
For example, you might want to spend more time with the people you love. Set
aside some time, without the distractions of screens and outside interruptions
to spend time together. It could be as simple as a weekly meal. Make sure that
the actions you want to take are clear and that will make it easier for you to
implement them and stick to it.

Time For A New You

If you have hit rock-bottom then it’s time to reinvent
yourself.

“The version of yourself that you have constructed until
now is no longer serving you well. In fact, it’s holding you back and
preventing you from moving on and making necessary and important changes to
your quality of life,” explains Rosalie Walker, an expert at Originwritings. “You have the opportunity now to reinvent yourself.
Think about the type of person you would like to be. How does that person
behave? How do they dress? How do they look? What are their principles and
values? What can they achieve? Then slowly, start building the ‘new’ you, one
step at a time.”

Help Others

It can be less intimidating to help others than it is to help ourselves. Yet, by helping others you are also helping yourself. It will help you to focus and enable you to escape from your own world and situation. Whilst offering help and support to others, you will also feel good about yourself. Try seeking out opportunities to help others, such as through local community groups. You can also look for small opportunities in everyday life, such as helping an elderly person with their shopping. Helping others will help you to gain a sense of purpose and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place.