I am such a great believer that mindset determines how and what we experience in life. If we see challenges as an opportunity to grow and to become stronger and wiser, then we are less likely to feel defeated and vulnerable. That's not to say that I think having a positive attitude 24/7 is the way forward but cultivating a mindset that programs us to believe that challenges are designed to "make us" instead of "break us" certainly helps us to live a more positive and empowered life.
Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.
Life Coach Southampton