12 Things To Do When Times Are Tough

Life isn’t always a bed of roses. Sometimes it can be like a roller coaster. Here are some ideas for getting through a tough situation:
1. Surround yourself with positive people. It’s easy to get down when you have negative people around you.
2. Keep a journal. Write about your feelings, goals, situation, etc. If you are upset about someone, write them a letter and don’t mail it. Each day write 5 things you are grateful for. Life is much easier when you have an attitude of gratitude.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is hard for many people. If someone offers to help you, accept it. Remember that you are helping them feel good. We all feel better when we contribute.
4. When dealing with difficult situations it can become routine. It’s a good idea to step back and check your view point. I always say that we can learn a lot when we struggle. What is the lesson you can learn from this situation?
5. Look for different ways to respond to situations. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Learn a new skill or go back to school or take a class.
6. Exercise. Life looks much better after I do that. Take a walk in nature. Slow down and smell the roses. If you feel stressed, take some deep breaths. We tend to breathe in our chest instead of our diaphragm when we are stressed.
7. Set goals for yourself. Try to determine what your purpose is? What gets you excited?
8. For 5 minutes each day visualize what you want to be doing. Sit with your eyes closed and see yourself doing what you want. What are you sensing in all your senses? What are people saying about you?
9. Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Focus only on what you have control over. You might have to shift your mindset.
10. Focus on what you want and not on what you don’t want. Your mind can only focus on one thing at a time and make sure your are thinking about what you want.
11. Be open and aware of new opportunities around you. So many people have opportunities come up and they don’t “see” them. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and take a risk.
12. Meditate or get in touch with your higher power. For me it is God. Know that someone else is looking out for you so the burden is not totally on your shoulders.

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