When we feel like we're on top of life, everything gets its own momentum. Positivity breeds and good fortune seems to attract better fortune. But as positive as you might be, you cannot prevent some things from happening. The bad news is often nobody's fault, but still, it's something that we all have to endure from time-to-time and you have to pick yourself up and carry on.
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When the worst happens, people might tell us to keep our chins up, or as the poster says, keep calm and carry on. But it's not that easy. The other side to this is, that when some negative, life-changing event happens, brushing it under the carpet is not the best option. Often, significant life issues can come back and bite us later on down the line if we do not deal with them, and process our emotions surrounding them.
Dealing with our problems is never easy. Even the best of us go through the same emotional stages when anything particularly stressful or upsetting happens. The cycle of anger, denial, blame and acceptance is typical in us all. Life-shattering incidents can challenge even the calmest or most positive of people.
So, how do we deal with our problems, and stop the issues spreading into other areas of our lives and affecting our long-term mental health?
Talk About It
Find an empathetic ear to listen to you. If a friend or loved one is a good listener, or gives excellent advice, go and speak with them. Having a whole bunch of problems rattling around in our heads can make matters worse. We can think ourselves into all kinds of extra worries and upset. Very often we will blame ourselves for the situation that we are in, or overthink things that we could have done. There is nothing you can do about things that you could have done differently, and all of the overthinking about these things in the world is not going to fix your problem. Allow yourself the right to talk about your feelings with someone that cares about you. A true friend will listen to you and will give you the affirmation that your situation needs. You might not solve your problems just by talking to a loved one, but you might take away a great deal of your emotional burden surrounding it.
Get The Advice You Need
Your life is important. There may be seven billion people on the planet, but there is only one of you. You are unique, and you deserve help and respect. There are plenty of organizations who exist to help others in their times of need. For some, this may be their way of making money. For others, it is purely altruistic. Professionals are often trained to the highest level to help deal with the situation you are in. If you need financial help, seek out a financial advisor. If you're having issues surrounding your home, speak with an eminent domain attorney. If the matter is health-related, see your doctor. Problems seldom go away on their own, and getting the best advice possible should be the first stage in your plan for overcoming your challenges.
Have A Plan
Make an agreement with yourself about how you plan to get through this. Sit down and work out what exactly the problem is, and all of the possible ways that you could deal with it. Think about how the situation may knock-on to other areas of your life and create a plan for protecting these. When it comes to your partner if you have one, how are you going to handle the stress together? Work out a way of letting them know when you are struggling and let them know your plan for moving forward.
Practice Self Care
Going through rough times will leave us feeling run down. Stress and anxiety often lead to a lack of sleep and poor diet. These, in turn, hit our immune systems and make us susceptible to viruses. Realize that if you are to get through this, you will need to take care of yourself better. Be strict and create a life plan. Work out all of your meals so that you are getting a good balance of vitamins and nutrients, and are regularly eating. Plan your days well and make sure that you can allow yourself a bit of time to yourself so that you can process your emotions and unwind. Make sure that you are getting to bed at a reasonable time to allow yourself plenty of time to sleep. If your worries are keeping you awake at night, try a guided meditation to help you drop off.
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