when life throws you lemons…
Five Ways to Deal Effectively with Adversity by Angie Miller
One thing we can always count on is that life is unpredictable. Our circumstances often change unexpectedly, and our coping skills are put to the test. Resilience, the ability to recover from adversity, trauma, or hardship, is a trait that gives us the ability to “bounce back.” For many of us, being resilient doesn’t come naturally. We resist change and situations that have potential to disrupt our lives. But reality is that we all face adversity. Divorce, job loss, moving, illness, and other hardships require strong coping skills and effective strategies to move forward in a positive direction. Whether you’re naturally resilient or you strive for predictability, the following five strategies were designed to help you cope effectively with life’s challenges.
1. Establish or maintain a healthy support system. Having a supportive community that includes family and friends is pivotal, especially when times are uncertain. Maintaining connections with people you trust gives you a safe place to be heard and express your fears and concerns. Their willingness to help will foster the sense of security you need to get through difficult times.
2. Allow opportunity for growth. No matter how difficult or tragic a situation, time has the power to heal. With time we gain clarity and perspective and soon discover that even the most devastating situations lead to self discovery. Hardships help us grow in unexpected ways, and through them we’re able to appreciate what is good and true in our lives.
3. Accept change as a natural part of life. Despite our best intentions and best laid plans, life is unpredictable. The more we accept this the healthier our attitude and ability to adjust. Ultimately, the more capable we are of growing and evolving to meet life’s demands.
4. Respond with action. As tempting as it is to crawl under the covers when adversity strikes, taking action and facing the situation will empower you. Once you take that first step, every step gets a little easier. Pretending that problems will go away or detaching yourself emotionally will only prolong the inevitable… at some point you will have to deal with the situation.
5. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit through exercise. Exercise acts as a natural drug and increases serotonin levels in much the same way that Prozac does. Increased serotonin levels elevate your mood and give you a natural mental boost. Exercise reduces anxiety, stabilizes your emotions, and helps free you from disabling thoughts. There is no better time to exercise then when stress is at its peak and emotions are heightened.
In the end, remember that we’re all affected by challenges of varying degrees throughout our lives. What matters is that we have the tools to cope effectively. Practice these strategies and you’ll be able to turn adversity into an opportunity for growth and self discovery.
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