Difficult times are an unavoidable part of life. When you can’t see the silver lining or the light at the end of the tunnel, you might feel like giving up is the only option. Well, it’s not. You can persevere through the hardships.
Everyone has different strategies, but here are a few tips if you’re having a tough time right now.
- Stay Optimistic
It’s easier said than done, but a positive attitude can be key in overcoming obstacles. Don’t let yourself slip down the rabbit hole of pessimism. Research shows that you’ll stay more optimistic if you mentally take control of the situation. Instead of being helpless, find small things you can control. The bad times won’t last forever, so why torture yourself mentally when everything will be fine in the end? Train your brain to stay optimistic.
- Surround Yourself with Good Company
If the people around you aren’t making the situation better, you should find a support system who cares. Having open conversations about your stressful times can allow advice to flow freely. Going back to my first point about optimism, if you surround yourself with optimistic people, they can help you to see the negatives from a different perspective. And just knowing you have a loving support system can make all the difference.
- Take Time for Yourself
Stress of hardships can take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. Even in chaotic times, you should take some time every day for yourself. Drink enough water, practice healthy eating habits, exercise if you have time. Maybe even have a spa day if that’s what relaxes you. As well as helping you physically, a little self-love could also put your worries on the backburner for a bit.
- Celebrate the Small Things
Even if there is still a cloud of doom hanging over you, it’s ok to celebrate the little victories in life. Just writing them down or telling a stranger in passing could put you in a better mood for the rest of the day.
- Make it a Game
In “Touching the Void,” a book by Joe Simpson, he details how he shattered his leg while 19,000 feet up a mountain and survived. How did he do it? He made survival a game. Even if your hardship isn’t so life-threatening, you can make anything into a game with stakes, challenges and little rewards. Our brains are hardwired to enjoy games, so why not turn everyday problems into a somewhat enjoyable activity that can help our own survival.
What’s your best advice for persevering through the tough times?