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Easy Strategies to Help You Get Through Difficult Times

Life isn’t always easy. We’ve all faced some tough times. However, the way you handle difficult situations can make a big difference.

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Many of us make life even more difficult by handling our challenges poorly. This creates additional issues that require time and energy to rectify. How you handle trying times says a lot about you. Others notice. Will you let these times bring out the worst in you or the best in you?

We know how difficult life challenges can be. We’ve all had them. The way you manage your mindset will make all the difference in the world for you. When you do this you’ll find that you no longer think the world is working against you to start seeing opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Read on and find out some specific strategies you can use to help move the needle in a more positive direction.

Make it easier on yourself and get through difficult times wisely with these easy strategies:

  1. Remember that you have more options than you realize.

    Part of what makes challenging times challenging is the belief that you have no options. Feeling powerless isn’t pleasant. Remind yourself that you still have choices. How you choose to handle the trying situation is one of those choices.
  2. Pay attention to all of the things that are still good in your life

    You may have lost your job, but you still have your health and your family. Maybe you’re getting divorced, but you still have your friends, job, health, and your children.

    • What was the best thing that happened to you last year? Who is most important to you? Make a list of at least 20 positive things in your life and then notice how much better you feel. This will help you to relax and cope.
    • If you focus on the one thing that isn’t working, you’ll only succeed in making yourself more miserable.
  3. Look for solutions

    Focusing on your difficulty is natural, but ineffective. In fact, it only saps your resources. Decide that you’re going to find a viable solution. It doesn’t have to be the perfect solution. Just a decent solution. Give yourself the time you need to brainstorm, but avoid taking longer than necessary.
  4. Begin implementing your solution

    For example, if you’ve lost your job, your solution might include several steps:
    • Update resume.
    • Create accounts and profiles on five job boards, such as LinkedIn and Monster.com.
    • Contact at least five headhunters in my field of employment.
    • Contact everyone I know and let them know that I’m looking for a job.
    • Update my social media accounts to show that I’m looking for work.
  5. Keep a smile on your face

    You don’t feel like smiling, but do it anyway. It will make you feel better and let others know that you’re okay. If you want to handle a challenging time gracefully, smiling is mandatory.
  6. Continue to take care of others in your life

    Your family and friends still need you. You may have to reduce your care and attention a little, but don’t crawl into yourself and ignore everyone else in the world. You’ll feel better about yourself if you’re still taking care of the important people in your life.
  7. Release your anxiety

    You can feel your anxiety in your body. It’s located in a specific location, most often your stomach or chest. Imagine opening up a door in that location and letting it all out. Continue releasing it until it’s all gone.
  8. Thank everyone when the crisis is solved

    Let everyone know that you appreciate their love and support. You’ll be even more likely to get the same support the next time something goes wrong.

It’s not a matter of whether or not you’ll face difficult times. It’s only a matter of when. Since challenging times are inevitable, why not deal with them effectively and gracefully? It will say a lot about your character, others will respect you, and you’ll come out on the other side quicker and less bruised.

We have specialized training in helping people just like you manage the transitions in your life. Why don’t you set a time to talk with us about where you are and where you would like to be. We call this our Alignment Conversation. And, if you’re not ready to talk with us now, get our free infographic that describes what the alignment conversation is all about.

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