None of us really know how we’re going to react to unusually stressful situations.
If there’s a death in the family or within a close friendship group, grief tends to surface in the most unexpected ways.
Even people who think of themselves as well balanced or able to deal with stressful situations well, find themselves baffled by their own behaviour.
So, what are the best ways of dealing with the day-to-day when life throws you a terrible card?
1. Don’t Bottle it Up:
A lot of us tend to keep our deepest, darkest feelings hidden inside of us. That’s usually because we feel we can’t share them with anyone or we should be strong for the other people in our lives. When something bad happens, we tend to relive it over and over again – it’s only natural. However, if we don’t talk about it, this cycle can go on for a long time, damaging us the longer we don’t address it. If you feel you can’t talk about it, writing it down can also be a way of healing and moving forward.
2. Face Your Fears:
Have you ever had that dream where you walk into work and everyone is pointing and laughing, and you look down and you’re naked? We’ve got an irrational fear within us. Don’t let your fear rule you. By overcoming one of your biggest fears, you may recognise that it influences your everyday confidence. You’ll be taking the world by storm in no time!
3. Why Me?:
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Sometimes, when something bad happens in life, it’s easy to think that you’re being punished or attacked. It feels like you’re the only one going through this. But, you’re not alone. Compassion goes a long way when you use it for yourself and others. When you start to see things from a different perspective your stress levels will lower, you’re less likely to experience depression and anxiety and you’ll become more motivated to reach your personal goals.
Life is full of little troubles and the more we experience, the more we expect them to show up. Meditation and mindfulness can allow us to calm ourselves, reaching a place of relaxation. It’s a great way of reminding ourselves to deal with stressful situations as they come, instead of constantly expecting to wake up to them every day.
5. Letting Go:
Arguments can cause major stress on our minds and bodies. If you’ve had a falling out with someone important and the argument is still playing on your mind, you need to let it go. Forgiveness is a powerful tool when it comes to our well-being, and if you’re able to go one step further and mend bridges too, it will do you the world of good.
Life will always come up with ways of testing us, but if we can find ways of dealing with stressful situations properly, we’ll never be beaten.
By Valerie S.
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