The times we are living in remind us that life isn’t always easy. When times are challenging it can be tough to see the bright side. Life becomes harder to enjoy and your ability to appreciate the little things is tough when everything feels like it’s going wrong. But you’ve weathered hard times before and this too shall pass.
While nothing can make a hard situation easy, we want to share some things you can do to make it easier:
- Focus on what you can control. Do not dwell on what you can’t. There are some things you just can’t control. Other people’s actions, this virus, the job market, etc. Fortunately, there are things you can control. It makes sense to put your attention here.
- Remember all the previous challenging times you’ve overcome. This isn’t the first challenge you’ve faced. You’ve overcome lots of things. You just haven’t thought about them lately. Remind yourself of how capable and resilient you can be. The current challenge is also manageable.
- Just breathe. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, bring yourself back to reality by focusing on your breath. Feel the air moving in and out of your body. Make a concerted effort to do this each day and you’ll slowly feel better. Your breath is always with you and focusing on it will bring your mind back to the present.
- Take care of yourself. When times are hard, our tendency is to neglect ourselves. It’s easy to think that your grooming, eating, and sleeping habits are inconsequential, but that’s not true. It is more important than ever that you increase your love of self.
- Exercise. Exercise is good at burning up excess emotional energy. It’s also healthy for you. When you’re feeling stressed, a good workout can do you good. Now more than ever, it is important that we build our immune systems.
- Be willing to say, “No”. When times are tough, avoid taking on additional responsibilities. The best way to do this is to use the word “no” judiciously. Don’t worry about upsetting anyone. They will ultimately figure it out. Give your attention to yourself.
- Laugh. There’s nothing like laughter. It feels good, and it gives hope. What makes you laugh? Your family, funny movies, comedians? Think about what makes you laugh and spend some time laughing each day.
- Practice gratitude. Hard times cast a light on all things negative. Your mood will lighten if you focus on something positive. What are you grateful for? Make a long list of everything that’s good in your life and focus on those things.
Use your time and focus to turn things around, rather than to make yourself even more miserable. Remember that you’re not alone. Brighter days are ahead.
We’re rooting for you!
Avery and Brian