5 Tips to Get Through a Rough Season of Life
This Friday I’m sharing with you my top five tips I’ve personally used to weather rough seasons both in the past and current situations. However, if you’re anything like me your first response to stress or difficult situations looks something like this (honestly):
This week has been a bit of a doozy. Lot’s of crazy things going on in some of my friend’s and family’s lives. So, I thought a bit of encouragement and life tips were in order today!
*I am not a licensed therapist, psychiatrist or mental well-being guru. But, I do know what’s worked for me personally. There will be situations in which seeking professional help is needed. NEVER be ashamed to reach out.
On a lighter stressor note, my son experienced some pretty rough soccer game losses. It was brutal. While he played well some of those teams were just aggressive. So we had some learning and growing to do with the kid. Lots of opportunities to grow in character…I am proud of him for taking the time with me to talk about the week, what went down and how we can better attack the upcoming weeks. Raising a child isn’t only about food, shelter and soccer games. It’s raising a human to thrive throughout life with mature skills to navigate this sometimes beautiful and sometimes cruel world.
Other life stressor seasons for some:
Pregnancy physical and emotionally taxing (albeit #blessed)
Job loss and new careers.
Death of a loved one.
Moving and relocating.
Or maybe it’s something not as “serious” but, still frustrating like an injury and not being able to run? Or an argument at work or with a family member? Or an unresolved conflict of some sort. You name it. LIFE has a way of kicking us when we are down.
You don’t have to stay down…
5 tips to thrive during struggles
1.) Pray. Meditate. Take a moment to get centered with your soul. Before freaking out practice quieting your spirit. Close your eyes, breathe and offer up a prayer of thanks for something. And on those days that you can’t pray or don’t know how simply reach out by saying that. Did you know it’s okay to pray: “Lord, I have NO clue how to talk to you right now…”? Or grab The Power of a Praying Woman book. This book has been invaluable to me.
2.) Then, cry, scream, have a fit. Whatever it takes to feel the emotion. One thing I’ve learned over the years is this: if you continue to stuff your emotions and pretend they don’t exist (we all know they do) we only damage our emotional status in the long-run. I don’t care if someone else thinks you shouldn’t feel a certain way or if society tells you to ‘suck it up buttercup’. You are more than allowed to feel pain, anger, hurt, confusion. By owning your own emotions you do two things:
- Honor your inner person
- Freedom to release the negativity
3.) Accept. Sometimes there are situations we have absolutely zero control over. The sooner we accept this and simply follow our path in love, doing our part to do good, then that’s all we can do and that is enough. Or maybe there is something you can do to change the situation? Accept responsibility (on a lighter note David sees a few goals he could have blocked. See next point.) for either your actions, situation and/or moment. Own it. Resist the urge to play the ‘blame game’. I promise you this will be you nowhere except backward in dignity.
4.) Assess and re-evaluate. If there is something you can change assess where you went wrong and then re-evaluate your current action plan(s). Take pen and paper and scribble it all out. But, I promise you if you try to jump to this step before following steps 1-3 you’ll find yourself in a messy head space and unable to think clearly.
5.) Press forward whatever that looks like for you. Sometimes that’s simply waking up early for a cup of coffee and prayer…sometimes it’s choosing to read a chapter in a book instead of watching an hour of TV…sometimes it’s jogging for 10 minutes around the block…Maybe it’s ten push-ups…This is the reason why I love running. The marathon. No matter whatever is going on in my life when I’m running I’m moving forward…I must continue moving forward. Maybe saying some positive affirmations is just what you need right now…I shared five of my favorites here.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:24
How do you deal with difficult situations? Do you tend to freak out first? Or are you super-cool and level-headed? Do you use running to release steam?
If this post blesses your heart would you mind sharing? Someone else may need these words today. <3
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22 Sep 2017 / runpinkjess / 6
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