Times of Adversity – You’ve Got This!
Start Where You Are
We all encounter dark times at some point in life, and undoubtedly when you experience hardship there are external factors at play. However, while you are aware that those factors have played a part in your current reality, it can be hard to accept that you can’t change any of them now. What you can do is accept and acknowledge the part that you played and take responsibility for creating the solution.
First, understand that these things happen to everyone. A divorce, job loss, relationship break-up, financial crisis or health challenge are instances when we have the choice to dwell in the problem, experiencing a deep, dark, lengthy period of suffering, or we can accept where we are and focus on shifting to where we want to be.
When life throws a curve ball and forces change upon us we can respond by falling further or confronting our difficulties. Resisting and lamenting the reality of your present moment situation delays the process of recovery. To get things moving in the upward direction try feeling appreciation for the blessings in your life right now. You can start by noticing the basic goodness of being alive – sunshine, water, nature, food, air and any other general supportive elements in life. Engage in self-reflection and find ways to nurture yourself with exercise, journaling, and enjoyable music. Whatever your challenge you have the resources within you to take the first step by making a decision, being willing to feel better. Embrace your wish to be happy and define what that means for you.
You may prefer to seek out and accept help. Investigate quality blogs or forums online; explore charities or support agencies; invest in a mentor or personal coach. Investing in the support of a coach is one of the quickest ways to get results and one of the best value propositions. Someone who has been through the same challenges as you is likely to understand the best means of shifting your situation quickly. The price tag may well pay the biggest return on your investment in the long run and bottom line, you are worth it.
Pay Attention To Your Emotions
Finding emotional balance is a priority for feeling better and being able to plan for the future. Even at your most desolate, seeking solace and support is a sign that you are not ready to give up on yourself. I have faced dark challenges and refused to believe that a light exists to lead me out. When I stopped blaming others for my circumstances and faced my painful emotions I was able to see that my life was calling me forward to heal, grow and live more authentically. Life is full of changes and trying to resist the ebbs and flows of life is futile.
Not every step you take to support yourself on the road to recovery will be a game-changer but it will bring you closer to knowing what you want as you explore different answers and solutions to your challenges. You possess the power to choose to take positive steps forward and align your thinking, feelings and energy to support yourself and that is a beautiful thing! Follow your inner-most desire to be your best self, to live a fulfilled life. When you are forced to make a change, rest assured that you have what it takes to deal with it. In the unending balance and rebalancing of life things change for the better.
Self-Soothing in Times of Adversity
To move-on, here are some ways you can support yourself:
- Seek out the positive people in your life and spend time doing uplifting activities. Laugh, go to a upbeat show, cook a good meal together.
- Try something new. Maybe there’s an adventure you’ve been thinking about – a rafting trip or hiking expedition.
- Take some down time for you – to be alone and commit to self-reflection, meditation or yoga to feed your soul. Get a massage.
- Wake up and plan a random act of kindness for someone at work or a neighbor. Giving without the intention of a return lifts the spirits and releases a sense of appreciation that floods the brain with serotonin.
- Join a support group and find some like-minded people to share your experience with, and receive encouragement.
- Do not compare yourself to anyone else. You just try to be the best you can be, and that’s enough!