“I Hate My Life”: What to Do To Love Life Again (7 Tips)

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In this brief guide, we will discuss the statement “I hate my life”, as well as how to get over feeling this way and love life again.

“I hate my life”

Saying “I hate my life” is bad for many reasons, but the two main reasons are that it makes you feel helpless and out of control about your life, and saying words like hate may make you ignore the good things in your life that you should love.

Many people might say they hate their life when they feel like things just never go their way or when they keep missing out on promotions or falling exams and so on, and this kind of constant failure or loss can make many people hate their life.

Instead of saying I hate my life, the better thing is usually to try to figure out why you feel that way because unless you do so you will not feel better, and you may find that even getting to the point where you can start doing something to feel better is difficult when you constantly hate your life.

Also, instead of saying that “I hate my life”, you need to consider what your beliefs and values are and whether they are in line with what you are doing currently, because the philosophy your life is made up of and the rules you live by lead to the understanding of who you are.

The questions related to your existence or why you’re where you are important to consider when you feel like you hate your life, and when you figure out what you are supposed to be doing here, things may be a bit easier.

Your life is also strongly regulated by your convictions and when you feel like you hate your life it may often be because your vision of what’s right and what’s wrong has changed or faltered in some way, you’ve probably never stopped to articulate what you should know about your life.

You might also find that when your own inherent convictions, rules or beliefs are not working for you, you may end up feeling like you hate your life but the truth is you might hate the rules and regulations you have put upon yourself.

When it is the regulations you hate and not your life, you have hope, better, in fact, and you may be able to change your life with relative ease.

If after introspection you find that you hate how you’ve put life together, you can change that by unraveling your belief system and creating a new belief system that feels truer to you and that serves you better.

For example, if you hated your teacher who is also a tyrant and a bully, and you also had internal values that you need to honor and value your teachers and elders, you may find yourself hating your life, your teacher and yourself very much, simply because you are not realising the discrepancy in your various belief systems.

If you change your mind about absolutely needing to honor a teacher who does not value you, or bullies you, then you have changed your belief system, and you may find that when you are not compelled to do something you hate and that is erroneous to your mind, you may suddenly find that the hatred is gone.

Note that even though you were hating something in your life, you did nothing to change “life itself” but your basic philosophy of life has changed and that alone changes many things.

Similarly, you may find that you hate your life a lot less when you figure out where the problems are coming from and stop believing in things that are making you particularly miserable, because just doing that can stop you from hating your life sometimes.

What to say when someone says “I hate my life”?

When someone says “I hate my life”, they need to vent most of all, and it may also help them to know that you are there to hear them out and that you won’t dismiss their negative feelings.

When someone says “I hate my life”, chances are they are feeling overwhelmed at how much their lives have gone awry and they are not able to deal with the fact that things have not turned out as they had expected, which can be bad enough on its own.

This is why when someone says that they hate their life they are not looking for, and have no use for platitudes, and saying things like “oh I’m sorry”, or “I understand, I wish I could help”, don’t do anything, and the person may just internalize all those feelings of hatred that they are feeling.

Here are some alternatives to platitudes that you can say to someone that says “I hate my life”:

“I’m here for you.” This is the best thing to say to someone when they say “I hate my life”, and often it might be best if you couple that with, “Let’s talk it through, what are you feeling?”

“Depression is real.”, you may feel like the person saying they hate their life knows enough about depression to understand that they are probably depressed, but saying it means you are acknowledging it and are okay with talking to them about it, and that can help.

“I’m happy to help you find treatment.”, when someone says they hate their life they are probably feeling untethered, so knowing you are there to help them take that crucial first step can really help.

Reasons behind saying “I hate my life”

Here are some reasons why you might hate your life:

You are broke

Having financial problems can often lead to feeling like you hate your life, because money is the solution to so many problems.

If you are facing financial difficulties for any reason you may not be eating right, you may not be getting enough relaxation, or perhaps you’re just not able to have fun — whatever the reason, if you can figure out some way to pocket extra cash you might feel loads better.

You have family problems

Family problems or feeling stuck in your family for whatever reason, can often be a reason for feeling like you hate your life.

Feeling stuck in one’s family is actually one of the primary reasons for why teenagers and young people feel like they hate their life.

You are overworked

Being burnt out at work or feeling stressed out with work can also be a big reason for hating your life because recreation is extremely important.

If you are working constantly and have basically no downtime, you can start to feel like you hate just about everything, and this feeling can lead to hating your life.

You are overwhelmed

Being overwhelmed can also be a chief reason for hating your life, and this can be because of any reason — you might be facing academic pressures, you have too many projects at once, someone in your family is ill, or maybe the epidemic is just getting to you — whatever it is, if you can find a way to sort through your miseries, you may not hate your life as much.

You are depressed

Depression is one of the biggest reasons why people may feel like they hate their lives, because it can make them feel helpless and hopeless about the future, and this is a big reason for hating your life.

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What to do when you hate your life?

If you can’t stop thinking “I hate my life”, here’s what to do:

  • Write every single reason why you hate your life
  • Write every single reason why you love your life
  • Compare the two lists
  • Consider what you can change on the hate list
  • Consider how important things on the love list are
  • Take a vacation
  • Adopt a pet/play with your pet
  • If you can’t do either of the above, play with a friend’s pet
  • Eat something you love
  • Smell something you love
  • Pamper yourself 
  • Take a self-care day; scrub your skin and wash your hair
  • Buy yourself some new clothes
  • Talk to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time

I hate my life quotes

Here are some “I hate my life” quotes to give your misery some company and remind you that this is completely normal and like everything, this too shall pass:

“I hate my life. I’m at the point where I want to hear about other people’s lives. It’s like switching from fiction to biography.” Don DeLillo

“All is going well, very well, I couldn’t ask for anything better— So why do I hate my life?” Orson Scott Card

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you badly. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” Will Smith

“Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Coretta Scott King


In this brief guide, we discussed the statement “I hate my life”, as well as how to get over feeling this way and love life again.

No matter what is making you exclaim I hate my life, there are always ways to fix it, and you should never get stuck in the spiral of hating your life and not being able to come out of it.

Humans can endure just about anything, and even when it seems like things aren’t going your way or you just can’t get things to go your way, there’s always something you can do.

If you have any questions or comments about loving life, or if you still can’t help thinking “I hate my life”, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): I hate my life

What does it mean when someone says I hate my life?

When someone says “I hate my life”, you can be sure that it took a lot of courage to share their feelings and in most cases someone who says that just wants someone to listen. 

Therefore, when someone says that they hate their life, you need to be there for them and listen to them, because by just listening carefully and responding in a thoughtful way, you can help someone see that there is hope for a fulfilling life ahead.

What should I do if I hate my body?

Here are things you should do if you hate your body:

If what you hate is changeable, work to change it.
Avoid triggering things, things that propagate wrong beliefs, like social media or celebrity images
Make a list of the physical traits you love and celebrate those instead 
Donate clothes that don’t fit anymore. 
Focus on strength and wellness, not your weight or shape or size.

Can you love the person you hate?

Yes, you can love the person you hate, because there is an old adage that alludes to the fact that without strong feelings of love, hatred is simply not possible.

The opposite of love is not hate, surprisingly, it is indifference, which means that sometimes when you hate a person, you may still be harboring feelings of love towards them as well.







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