Following is the list of items to overcome adversity and tough times in a positive healthy manner.
1. Silence the inner critic
When we are under pressure or stressed, that negative inner voice rears its ugly head. Acknowledging when you do this, and learning to silence it, and even better, replacing it with words and thoughts of hope, love and forgiveness, you will cope with life’s difficulties much easier.
2. Be realistic
Our realities are based on our perception. Maintaining a realistic view on the situation is important, as when faced with a challenge it is easy to exaggerate and blow things out of proportion when we allow our emotions to take over our cognitive thought process.
3. Be patient
Any difficult time will push us to our limits sometimes physically, emotionally, mentally or financially, or a combination of any of these. Being patient and understanding that one quick, unexpected change in lifestyle can take weeks, months or even years to turn around.
4. Find a positive outlet
When you are challenged or facing adversity, you need to find a positive way to release your stress, anger, sadness, fears and frustrations. Some ideas include writing, volunteering, exercise, meditation, reading, dancing, drawing, gardening, working with animals or being in nature. Find something that works for you.
5. Talk to someone
Venting and sharing your feelings with someone you trust and respect can take such a burden off your shoulders. There is always somebody willing and able to listen or help you in times of need. Reach out to them and be honest with what you need to get through this rough patch.
Unless you live in a bubble, life will continuously throw you curve balls, but learning how to cope with the difficult times in life is an asset that will serve you well and provide you with an inner harmony and peace that will allow you to navigate your life’s path with ease and confidence.
After all, it’s not what happens to us, but how we choose to respond that makes all the difference in the world.