Everyone has challenges. It might be with a significant other, at work, health, money, etc. It will help you to see these challenges as something positive. I know, in the moment it is difficult to see. However, afterwards life can seem so wonderful and sweeter if you have faced “the storm.” You appreciate what you have that much more.
Here are some strategies to help you through the tough times.
Take care of yourself first. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to how you are feeling, both emotionally and physically. It is a sign of strength to ask for help. Refrain from using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. If you need to, seek professional help.
Find a support system. This could be family, friends or your church for example. If someone is your life is toxic, get away from them.
Believing that these challenges will not last forever can keep your spirits high. Try to look beyond it.
Laugh! Find a funny movie or spend time with someone who makes you laugh.
Listen to music or meditate. These are both powerful tools to help you deal with stress.
Ask yourself, ‘Big Deal, Little Deal’? Often you may just be having a bad day. We are all entitled to one every now and then. Often something may be a case of us blowing it out of proportion; making a big deal out of a little deal.
Take control! If it is something you can change, then do it. It may mean taking baby steps. If not, be like the willow tree in the wind and bend. Go with the flow.
Positive Attitude. If you don’t have one, get one. Our own self-talk can be the greatest barrier to having a good attitude. People with a good attitude tend to be happier in general and healthier.
Smile! Just the act of smiling can make you feel better. It’s true!