There’s no avoiding the fact that we’ll have to deal with stressful, worrying situations at some point in our lives. How can you keep things from bothering you in these situations? We all respond to problems in various ways, and what makes one person feel strong and empowered may irritate another even more than they were before. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints for learning to cope with difficult situations, in the hopes that everyone will find something useful! Continue reading to discover more about letting things slide off your shoulders and to explore which ideas resonate with you.
What’s the first step to ensuring that difficult situations don’t upset you? Recognizing that some things are simply beyond your control. It’s natural to want to “fix” everything that goes wrong, or to feel terrible if you can’t – but that’s not how you should feel! You set yourself free from feeling like a failure if you don’t make those unattainable changes when you accept what you can’t alter.
Remember when you used to keep a diary and it felt so good to get your feelings down on paper? It’s still a good approach for when things are starting to get to you, and it can be used for both positive and negative emotions. While writing about your problems can help you get through them, writing about them can also help you work through them.
If your mind won’t let go of a fixation, turn your focus to your body by engaging in your favourite form of concentrated, mindful exercise. Working up a sweat with your favourite sport or video is a healthy thing, so get your body moving and your mind focused!
When you’re on your own, it’s generally more difficult to deal with problems. Reach out to your team when life’s unpleasant or uncertain events begin to upset you. Friends can make almost any situation feel less insurmountable, whether it’s a venting session to get it all off your chest, some sound advise, or simply some diversion time.
If anything is upsetting you, do everything you can to solve the problem! That may appear to be straightforward advice, but it’s often more difficult than it appears – feeling that you can’t even begin to solve a problem can put your work on hold before it even begins. Make a game plan, be realistic, and work on it little by little. You may not be able to completely eliminate it, but knowing that you’ve taken action may alleviate your fears.