Simple Ways On How to Keep Your Sanity

Life is tough and we can’t deny the fact that we have to struggle to survive our every day. Stresses may lead us to suffer the blues and at some point we may even feel depressed.

On the other hand, some of the stresses we suffer are sometimes brought up with our own thoughts and insecurities. Here are a few simple ways to keep your sanity and live life in a happier way:

  • NEVER compare yourself to others

Comparing yourself to others may make you feel insecure, which may lead to inadequacy and lesser chance to succeed. Enhance your talents and skills and make a friendly competition with your own self. This means aspiring to do better everyday than what you have done in the past.

“If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always, there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself…” – Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”

  • Before you get jealous or envy others, think of these:

1. You are blessed with good things and you have your own struggles.

2. Others are blessed with good things and they have their own struggles.

3. Everyone is blessed with wonderful things and love ones and yet, they will always have difficulties in life to remain human.

4. Everyone is blessed with their own goodness and imperfections to compliment with each other, that is why NO ONE, including YOU can really have it all.

5. Nothing will keep you from needing others no matter what and who you are, and no matter what you achieve in life.

  • Realize that you are in charge of your own happiness and NEVER expect others to make you happy all the time.

Some people may make you feel good sometimes, and they truly make you happy. But never expect them to make you happy all the time. Know that there are really times in your life when you have to find ways to be happy without relying on others.

Happiness is a matter of choice… it is up for us to choose to appreciate the good things that we have everyday and emphasize the good we own than focusing on the bad. This will make us happy…” DjBryle Works, “Life’s Battles and Splendor”

  • Make chances for your self to have cheerful thoughts.

In the middle of our busy day, it would be great to find at least 5 to 10 minutes to think happy thoughts and cheer ourselves up. Cheerful thoughts make our life easier to handle and put back the smile on our face on a busy day.

Thinking cheerfully may include thinking how your kids or spouse showed you their love the other day or remembering how you did something naughty once in your life that made you really feel good.

  • Keep your real friends and dump the fakes.

No matter how old you become, you will always need real friends to pour out all the hurts you feel inside, and sharing your happiness with them reminds you that you are never alone.

You may not be able to communicate with your friends as often as you used to when you were younger, it is good to spend some time once in a while to communicate with them through the web, or use your handy phone. You can even send snail mail to your good friends and remind them how wonderful and blessed you feel for having them. This will not only make your friends happy but you will also feel good after. Communicating with real friends is a good way to de- stress and enhances the release of your feel good hormones.

  • Never let a day pass by without showing some love to your love ones. Hug and kiss them for at least once a day or as much as you can. If your love ones are far from you, let the wonders of technology give its full benefit on you. Maximize the use of the internet and your handy phones. These simple gestures are stress relievers and keep you sane.
  • Feel good and look good. Eat a well balanced meal and exercise regularly. Take care of yourself so that you will never run out of energy to enjoy life.
  • Stop forcing yourself into the life of people who can not accept you for who you are.
  • Before getting rude to anyone, think twice. For always, others are having their own struggles as much as you do.
  • Keep in mind that others can hurt you as long and as much as you allow them.
  • Learn to forgive and forget hurtful wrongdoings of others and yourself.
  • Find time to relax and sit a while or spend quality time with your friends and love ones.
  • Last, but definitely the most powerful way to keep you sane is to never cease communicating with God through prayers. Pray as much as you can… pray when you feel the urge to talk to HIM. And keep in mind that no matter what happens in your own little world of imperfection, you can never be alone in HIS loving arms.

These are just some of the few ways to keep your sanity. Things that are simple yet we often forget. One thing to keep in mind as we live life, “Life can be tough, but we can be tougher…”


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

You have some very good suggestions here. There are one or two that I need to take on board. Thanks for sharing.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words Gramarye! =)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Excellent advice as I have come to expect from you. The song Barbara Streisand used to sing..."People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world..." just popped into my head after reading this.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks again, Peggy for all these kind words that you always share to me. It always feels so wonderful to know that a good hubber would find time to read my hubs. =) Take care and God bless!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Very good thought provoking hub. Too many people think about I want I want things instead of being thankful that they are alive. Life is too short dont you reckon? We live in a beautiful world.

I cannot understand how some people suffer so much and others not at all. Innocent suffer and crooks nothing happens to them. Sometimes it make me wonder why.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks so much Eileen for dropping by... Perhaps one of the most forgotten way to be happy is to appreciate the simplest blessings we are given everyday... Stay wonderful! =)


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Hehehe great hub... Thanks for sharing...


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks GH for dropping by and spending time with my hub! God bless! =)


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camo3166 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Very nice article!Lots of good help in staying sane! Also thankyou very much for the compliments and checking out my hubpages. It really mean alote!

Jordan :)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks Jordan, I enjoy reading your articles too, aside from that, I find them interesting and helpful! See you around. =)


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Wise, wise words. Thanks for this contemplative piece - I needed some time to get out of my own head and calm those busy thoughts, and you have given me that - thanks!.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thank you so much for the kind words RedElf, you made me feel good too! God bless! =)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Some excellent solutions here reminding us to look within and look at what may seem obvious from different perspectives.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks, Billy for always having kind words to say =) All the best!


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Welcome to HubPages :) Good ideas and some insight we may have all forgotten about too .


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thank you so much for the warm welcome, FirstStep, and for the kind words! All the best... see you around! =)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Very helpful advice DJ and congratulations on your new book. =:)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks so much Winsome! I enjoy... and starting to love your hubs too! =) See you around!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great writing and I second the giving hugs every day, it might make up for the ones you miss every day once they are gone.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks Polly! Giving hugs is the most therapeutic for me too. =)See you around!


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Dj it's funny how we end up reading the same Hub over again ! Will share this on my fb page :)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

lol! Thanks for dropping by again FirstStep... and for sharing my hub at FB! =) See you around!


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

There is so much wisdom in your hub! Sound advice and simple steps to ensure your sanity stays intact. I can attest that some of these tips really work -- especially showing your love to at least one person each day. It's a win-win situation -- you both leave feeling great and loved. Thanks for another excellent hub (and, rated you up again!) :)


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia

They are simple ways but we get so caught up in our challenges sometimes we forget those easy feel good things to put our souls in a better place. Thanks for reminding me, I'm off to give someone a hug and I'll count my blessings on the way!


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Beth100: Thank you so much for the kind words especially coming from one of my most favorite hubber! =) Showing some love is really one of the best ways to keep your own sanity... and receiving some warms your heart too, thanks for a heart warming comment and for spending time with my hub!... thanks for rating it up too! =)

@Karanda: Hey I found another way to keep my sanity, and that is knowing that I have reminded someone to give a hug to someoene special in her life... that makes me feel good! Thanks for brightening up my day with your kind comment and for dropping by! You're one of my blessings today! =)


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago

"Thank you, Lord, I am still alive today." This is a favorite line of Father Gerry Orbos, a Filipino Catholic Priest. And whenever I am feeling down or freaked out, I just whisper this simple line to myself repeatedly and I often managed to take back my slipping sanity. lol. Anyone would think I am insane... but come to think of it, life is often crazy but fun. haha


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

These advices are very valuable and hold good values. Hub up DjBryle.:)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Queen Cleopatra: Hey, you never fail to make me smile with your comments. That's true, that line would sound funny to some, but in a deeper sense we should all be thankful that we are still alive amidst the tragedies and hardships that happens every minute around us. We are so blessed to breathe freely every moment we spend. Somehow these things keep my slipping sanity stable too. Sure thing, life is crazy... sometimes we do insensible things that makes us happy and realize how sensible they can get! lol! Thanks for dropping by again and for your kind words! See you around! =)

@hubpageswriter: I could not thank you enough for spending time with my hubs. Having such comments from you is an honor! Wishing you all the best! =)


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

Wohh.. very useful and can uplift the spirit.. Life goes on and on..we have to value it. Thank you for sharing, really great words to boost the energy and keep sane.. ^_^


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thank you so much Pinkhawk! You some how boost my ego and that keeps me sane! lol! Thanks for your kind words and for spending time with my hub! =)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I think that train has sailed.


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epigramman 6 years ago

...well there's one sure-fire way to keep my sanity - and that's to relax in the warm caress of your hub-spas ........man oh man do I


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epigramman 6 years ago

...PART 2 .....lol lol - my cat Mister Gabriel who is a domestic terrorist just pounced on my keyboard and hit the submit button - lol

...and as I way saying - man oh man do I ever feel good - afterwards - thanks for your hub therapy!


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Micky: I think so too, my friend! lol! Thanks for dropping by again. =)

@Epigramman: lol! Mr. Gabriel might need some relaxing cat food now, my friend! lol! Thanks so much... your kind words are one of the vast things that help me keep sane! lol! See you around! =)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

A very neat package of suggestions to keep our sanity intact in daily life. The last quote reminds me of my favorite author Robert H. Schuller and his book, "Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People do".

And this hub strengthens my resolve to be tough gracefully by holding on to HIM in good and in bad times. Thank you.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Lita: Thanks so much for finding this hub neat. I am honored for such compliment from you. I love that line from Robert Schuller too... and one thing more, we live in different seasons as we take our journey with life, some are good and some may even be the worst, but as long as we keep holding on to HIM we can never fail... after all, only HIM is not a season. =)

Thanks so much for spending your precious time with my hub, you inspire me to write much more! God bless! =)


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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

you have very good suggestions.good hub! sir


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Den den: Thanks for dropping by... please don't call me "sir", I'm a woman. hehehe! Happy hubbing! =)


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Depending on others more than yourself is the makings of a co-dependancy that helps no one;)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

@Mentalist Acer: Thanks for dropping by! That's true, and the best way to make your life better is to learn the truth that even if you are bombarded with the help of others, nothing good will happen to you if you don't learn to help your self. Thanks for a nice thought! See you around! =)


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andromida 6 years ago

This is one of the finest hubs I read about living a happy life.I guess there lives a philosopher inside you or you are already a great philosopher.thank you so so much :)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks so much for the very heart warming comment Andromida! I hope I could really be a philosopher which only happens in my dreams! lol! Thanks for dropping by, it means a lot to me! =)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

This is excellent and I've bookmarked it for inspiration. Thank you.

Love and peace

Tony


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thanks so much Tony, having those kind comments from a talented hubber like you is so heart warming. God bless!


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EmpressImani 5 years ago from SE London, England

Great hub and a good read, thanks for sharing these useful tips, Bless:)


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Empresslmani- Thanks so much, my friend! Having you read my hub is my honor. See you around! =)


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luckycharmz 5 years ago from Washington

DjBryle, thanks for the hub. You have many good advice and much wisdom.


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) Author

Thank you more for dropping by and leaving your kind words, Luckycharmz! God bless! =)


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MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

WOW! GREAT Hub.

Thanks for sharing this for people who needs uplifting.


Fleur de Liz 4 years ago

Nice article Jen!


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nick071438 4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

I read this hub word for word and found its substance truly helpful. Contents are great spirit and morale booster, especially during moments of desperation. Yes, I do agree that "life can be tough, but we can be tougher". Indeed what someone has said that life is what we make it is a truism. Inspiring hub!


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

Wow, some things are just meant to happen, wouldn't you agree? I've had such a sad day today that I really needed a little happy message like this. You've inspired me to search for some tea bags in my kitchen and make something yummy for dinner later. Very nice hub, following this hub, and voted up :)


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George Greene Jr. 3 years ago from California PA

One key to get rid of stress is to just sit down in front of the TV with a cold one and put on a comedy!! The laughter will certainly make you feel better!

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