Emotions run high when our lives are in crisis. Developing new coping skills is a priority. Challenges often bring a hidden opportunity to create a new life filled with more possibilities and value then we ever experienced before. It is only outside of our comfort zone that a new perspective exists.
Here are seven strategies to help you work toward re-establishing potential for joy, security and the realization of your dreams, regardless of your current struggles.
Surround Yourself with Inspiring People
There are people around us everyday who, in spite of their circumstances, forge ahead and find ways to approach each day with optimism and excitement. Find new ways to interact in your community and you will connect with people you may not have noticed before. You may have fewer friends, but the ones you do have will lift you up and inspire you daily.
Do Something You Love Each Day
Everyone has something that they love so much it can help them get through tough times. Personally, music helps me cope. Listening to music fills my soul, reminds me what I care about and gives me the motivation I need to pursue my life with focus, enthusiasm and humility. Choose something that does not require effort or motivation, and simply makes you happy. It will lift your mood, energize you and motivate you to take on the struggles of your day.
Regardless of how dark things might be in your life, give your time, attention and resources in any way you can to others. Working with children, the elderly, or others in need can provide relief from your own struggles. It can make you feel useful and part of a bigger community. Isolating yourself is paralyzing. So connect and give, even if it only briefly. Service diminishes depression, helplessness and provides hope to you and to those you help in a deeply meaningful way.
When things get difficult it is very easy to lose track of everything. Time, paperwork, schedules, appointments and even people all seem to fall into a black hole, simply adding to our frustration. Don’t let chaos become your new best friend. Stay clear and keep your life, professionally and personally, well organized. Nothing is more draining than spending hours trying to find something essential that has been misplaced, or reestablish connections that have been damaged due to living our lives in havoc.
Move Your Body to Move your Life
While exercise is ideal and essential at all times, during periods of emotional stress it is more important than ever to move our bodies. Research is clear that moving our body releases chemicals that make it easier to cope with stress and loss. A simple walk or light exercise can work wonders to keep your mood elevated and your focus clear.
Let yourself off the hook if things are not going as you had planned in life. Your finances and circumstances may have changed drastically, but if you can find new opportunities in the darkness, you will discover a new life you will cherish even more. Most challenges bring wonderful new potential we could not have foreseen. If you allow yourself to let go of what has happened and give yourself permission to look for a new and different life, you may find that everything is happening for a reason and you can then embrace a new path.
Open Yourself to the Possibility of a New Reality
Recent times have been marked by losses on many levels –jobs, finances, homes, relationships, stability, people and places we love. As tragic as things may seem at the outset, loss could lead to a magical opportunity to change your life in ways you never thought possible. Give yourself permission to create a completely new vision of how your life might look. Whether it is your career, your lifestyle and or any other fundamental part of your life, it can be exciting and invigorating to embrace a new reality that you would not have considered before. We can’t control the journey but we can always control how we experience the journey. So focus on how you feel and on the people you value in your life and not on what is happening to you. As a result, you will feel empowered and inspired each day to remain the architect of your own destiny.
Anne Leedom is the publisher of www.teenpalz.com and www.parentingbookmark.com. Anne is also the Founder of www.netconnectpublicity.com, a premier online placement agency for experts and authors. She lives in Northern California.