Life has a funny little way of throwing obstacles your way…just to keep things interesting. Whether personally, professionally, or otherwise, there will be days that are harder than the rest. Instead of letting these events all pile up into a roadblock, take the following steps to neutralize the problem and overcome.
1. Acknowledge that things aren’t the best
Take a look at the situation and admit that it bums you out. There’s no use in wasting energy in trying to slap on a smile when presented with a big ol’ pile of suck. Talk to a friend, write a 3 page long rant, get it up and off your chest. It’s the first step to lifting the weight of stress off of you.
2. Make a plan
No matter what tornado of terrible is swirling around you, take a solace in the fact that you can change it. So your Plan A didn’t work out? Start brainstorming for Plan B, C, all the way down to Z. There is rarely one correct way to do something. Put that creative cap on and face the problem with an open mind.
3. Choose the High Road
If the situation has made you feel lost, angry, disconnected, take a step back and remember that our perception of life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. You want it to get better? Good! Use that emotion to set the path upwards ablaze.
4. Hone in on the One Thing Causing You the Most Trouble
Pick the one thing stressing you out the most, and fix it. Put everything else to the side for a moment and resolve to focus your energy on the one problem that is glaring you in the face. If you let every other minor stressor fall away for a moment, you will be able to see why you’ve been afraid to address this problem, and realize that it isn’t so scary after all.
5. Reclaim What You Love
Rediscover the things that make your heart beat faster. Guilty-pleasure music? Play it. Getting back into a hobby you haven’t touched for years? No better time than now. Nurture the unique fascinations that are all your own. Love the things that you love, and do it shamelessly.
6. Take Yourself a Little Less Seriously
None of us are perfect human beings. If you messed up? It’s okay, you’re not your mistake. Learn from it and find a way to laugh at yourself. And at life. And if you need a smile, turn to YouTube and type in “puppies.” Amid all the bad, there will always be adorable videos only seconds away.
It’s amazing how we forget to something so essential to our well-being. Slow your thoughts, close your eyes, take a breath. And another. And another. And if you feel yourself start to tense up again, start over. You’ve been doing this since day 1, and it’s something you’re dang good at by now. So show off a little.
8. Say Thanks
To a friend, to yourself, to a complete stranger. Look around and take stock of what you have. It can be the tiniest thing: “I found a lucky penny.” Flaunt an attitude of gratitude for an instantly rewarding way to live life.