Sometimes things can get you down. It happens to everyone.
But, the important thing is getting back up again after you’ve fallen down, and rekindling your fire and passion for something.
Before I offer some advice, it’s fun to look at how English uses up and down. We almost always use up in English is a positive context, while down is usually negative.
Looking at the previous sentence, notice the phrase something gets someone down. Using get someone down means that something makes someone feel bad, or unhappy. For example,
The loss really got the team down.
Also, look at the use of up in the previous sentence. We use the phrase get back up again to refer to recovering from something negative, and becoming positive again. For example,
After the disappointing quarter, the company’s president tried to get them back up again.
Interestingly, we always use the noun fire in the same way. We usually refer to something burning, or a fire burning, as positive, while no fire is negative.
I really started the fire for learning English.
This means that I’m excited and motivated to study English.
My fire’s gone out. I can’t wake up today.
This means I have no motivation and I don’t want to get out of bed.
So, what happens if your fire goes out, and you’re feeling really down. It seems like an easy question and answer, but it’s important to remember that, when you’re feeling down, it’s difficult to think rationally or positively. Let me give you a tip though, and try and keep it in mind the next time your fire is guttering and you can’t get up.
Think of what you love, and what makes you happy. Regardless of your situation, there’s always something that makes you happy. It can be seeing your family. It can be playing with your pet. It can be playing a musical instrument, or simply listening to and finding new music.
Regardless of what it is, and no matter how busy or difficult things are, try and make time for things that make you happy. If you feel like you don’t have time for these activities, that’s the most important thing to make time.
Nothing is more important than your mental health, because you can’t be the best person you can if you’re not happy and healthy.
I know it’s hard, but we’re all in this together. Today, I was feeling a bit down. However, I did my favourite things; I tried some new food around my house, and I discovered a new nook in my town.
So, what makes you happy?
If it’s studying English, then let me help as well!