Most of my clients go through tough times when it seems impossible to keep going through your normal routine.
Whether you’re facing a personal crisis in your home life, a work crisis, or a global crisis like the pandemic, it can be tough to cope. But if you don’t want to crumble, then you need to find healthy tactics to get you through.
Here are some healthy strategies that build resilience and help you overcome those tough times in life.
Accepting the situation you’re in is a good way to build resilience, and when you have resilience, it’s easier to get through just about everything.
Instead of denying the situation, numbing yourself, or railing against it, first accept that you are where you are. Only then can you effectively try to cope with or get out of the situation.
Focus on the things you can control in your life. You may not be able to do anything about being laid off or getting diagnosed with a serious illness, but that’s just one part of your life (albeit a big one), and there are millions of things you can do something about.
Taking back your control can diminish the negative effects of the few things that are beyond your control. Write a list of things you can control and things you can’t control. Then work on improving the things you can, even in just a small way.
Take a few moments every day to write a list of things you’re grateful for to develop a more positive mindset. This can be something as simple as sipping a cup of coffee as the sun rises or something more meaningful like your children, pets, or your business.
Try to add something new to your gratitude list each day and appreciate the little blessings all around you.
Support from good friends, family members, or a credible mental health interventionist can help you get through tough times because sometimes helping yourself means being strong enough to let other people help you.
Don’t keep your feelings and struggles to yourself when there are so many people who can give you support.
When times are tough, you may not have the physical or mental energy to take proper care of yourself.
Small self-care actions (or white space as us Life Editors say) like yoga, meditation, visiting the spa, or reading a good book will boost your energy, save time, and help you get through life more effectively. You deserve to feel as good, so don’t let your self-care fall by the wayside.
Tough times happen to everyone, but it’s how we respond that determines how well we can bounce back.
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