Hello there friends!
Is it just me or does it seem like all the s#!t just hits the fan at once? Since 2016 started it seems like everyone around me has gone through at least one major life transition and/or struggle. Life is hard sometimes for sure.
But, today’s post isn’t about complaining about how hard things are. Today’s post is a reminder that you can and will get through whatever struggle you are presented with. Here’s a few tips that kept me sane through the recent struggles:
- Stay mindful. Sure, there is going to be an emotional component to your reaction to most situations, especially stressful ones. Let yourself feel that without judgement or the pressure to act while feeling it.
- Know that you’ll make it through. As they say, “This too shall pass.” Remember that other time all that other crap happened? Remember how much that sucked? Remember how you made it through all that stuff? You’ve been through some serious s#!t before, and you can and will do it again. You got this.
- Before making any huge decisions, talk it through with some trusted friends/family. You’re going through some stuff and the last thing you want to do is make rash decisions when you’re stressed and emotionally vulnerable. They’ve done studies on how bad we as humans are at making logical decisions when we’re under pressure (google it). So take your time. Talk it out. Ask for help. Everything will be OK.
- Stay positive. Sure, things are hard right now, but I guarantee you that there are still good things happening to you too – don’t overlook these! That hot shower was amazing today wasn’t it? You had a great conversation with a coworker. That cookie was AWESOME. These little treats happen all the time, but it’s especially important to notice them during hard times. It’s not all bad.
And one day you’ll look up and you’ll be through the worst of it. You can start working towards where you want to be and you can add this to just another obstacle you conquered. After three weeks of stress (including the aforementioned stolen phone, bomb threat on my first day in my apartment, and a nasty roommate situation), I’m writing this now from my new place that is bright and airy and all mine for the time being, the sun is shining, and I’m enjoying my favorite iced coffee from my favorite shop I can walk to. Life can be a struggle, but it can be really awesome sometimes too. Let’s not forget these moments amidst all the other things.