“It is what it is” has come to be a common statement in today’s lingo.  As dull, honest and direct the statement it…well, it is what it is.  So what does this mean and how can we make this a little better for ourselves?  Essentially the statement means that a situation is sometimes unable to be significantly changed for the better.  So unfortunately you may find yourself stuck with undesirable circumstances.  But don’t cry out in despair yet, because there are a few things that can be done to add some levity (and perhaps relief) to your situation:
1. stop reinforcing that your situation is bad; this will only make things seem worse
2. find anything recently positive you experienced and remind yourself of that; it can be as simple as saying wow my cup of coffee this morning was extra good
3. create something good in the situation for yourself; anything goes here, even making up an immature joke in your head about something going on around you

It is what it is forces you to accept the situation you are currently in; however it does not mean that something (even something small) can be done to better your mood.  So take a little action, dig up a little positive energy and end your day laughing at “it is what it is.”

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