The human experience is a combination of triumphs combined with challenges. Setbacks are a part of life, and like it or not they are something we must accept. And while we may not be able to eliminate adversity in our life, we can control the way that we react to it. The strongest and most successful people are the ones that not only learn how to overcome adversity but actually use it to their advantage.
Regardless of whether you’re facing adversity at work or you’re going through personal challenges in your personal life, it’s possible to rise above and overcome these seemingly hopeless moments in your life. Here are some of the best strategies for navigating life’s difficult moments and coming out on top stronger than ever before.
Know What You Want
The first step to overcoming adversity is envisioning what it is that you hope to overcome. What would the situation at hand look like if you were to solve it? Identify where the problem areas are, and this will help you form a strategy.
Perhaps you’d like to find more customers for your business. Maybe you feel like you don’t have enough time with your children. The more you can write a specific list of where the problem areas lie, the more you can propel yourself toward a solution.
A positive mindset is critical even in the darkest of times. There’s no way you can hope to dig yourself out of a rut if you’re only focusing on the negative. Even though it can be difficult to look on the bright side when everything seems to be falling apart, it’s a critical part of pushing through.
When you’re faced with two ways of seeing things, why not opt for the more positive one? There’s no use in constantly assuming that the worst will happen. Practice positive affirmations and try to focus on the things that are going right— things can’t possibly be all that bad. There’s always a silver lining somewhere if you look hard enough for it.
Let it Out
Emotional resilience comes when we learn how to accept and release our feelings. Instead of trying to push down the stress and anxiety you’re feeling, let it out. Sit with your feelings and allow them to show themselves. Identify exactly what it is that you’re feeling and why. The more you can pinpoint and express your emotions, the more you can move on towards healing. Bottling it up won’t do you any favors in the long run.
One of the worst things you can do when you’re going through a hard time is assume that no one wants to help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and seek support when you need it. Whether it’s help from your therapist, or a friend or family member, you’d be surprised to find how many people are willing to listen and help you get through hard times.