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Using Your Struggles to Grow

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In today’s world of technology and social media, it is easy to believe that everyone out there is living their best life. Things look easy from the outside, but the reality is that all of us have personal struggles and struggle can actually be a good thing in the long run. 

Can Struggle Be a Good Thing?

It can sometimes be difficult to see your struggles as anything but a challenge. The struggle can feel negative and it’s challenging to see any benefit. But really, every time we struggle, it is because we are learning something new. If we’re struggling in a new job, it’s because we’re learning new skills that will make us better in the future. If you receive a poor grade on a paper, it could be because you’re in the process of learning a new concept. Struggle means that we are growing. When we stay in our comfort zone, there is no struggle. Things are easy because we are not challenging ourselves. And while that is comfortable, it is not beneficial in the long term. 

There is a famous quote by Thomas Edison about his many attempts to invent the light bulb: “I just found 2,000 ways not to make a lightbulb; I only needed to find one way to make it work.”. This speaks to the concept of “productive failure”, which is the idea that working through a problem can foster “hidden efficacy” because it leads to a deeper understanding of the problem after struggling with it.

Putting Your Struggles In the Open

While it can be uncomfortable, sharing your struggles with others can also be a tool for personal growth. When you are struggling with your mental health it is easy to become isolated or afraid to share with others what is really going on. You may want to project that false idea that everything is just fine. But when you open up about the struggles, chances are you will find people who care about you and want to support you. Staying connected to a support system greatly benefits your mental health. 

There is another big benefit to speaking out about your mental health struggles: you may be inspiring someone else who is struggling to speak out. Too often we believe that we’re the only one who isn’t living up to their full potential, but of course, everyone feels that way sometimes. This is why it can be so impactful when celebrities like Demi Lovato or Kristen Bell speak out about their own mental health issues. It begins to remove the stigma that we should struggle in silence. When you speak out about your own mental health struggles, you create space for others who are struggling to speak out as well. 

Journey Home Can Help

Journey Home provides a nurturing, sober-living environment with a supportive community. Our relationship-based programming helps clients with therapeutic support, life skills refinement, and personal growth. 

With all of these services, we focus on our Five Core Principles to guide our whole-person approach to growth and development. These provide the foundation for the rest of the work while at Journey Home. The Five Core Principles include specific skills and goals for each student to strive toward, with bi-weekly treatment team meetings to assess progress and provide feedback. This comprehensive approach provides the structure, support, and mentoring for teens to move on from Journey Home as empowered young women, ready to successfully launch into their lives. For more information please call (855) 918-0032.