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What To Do When Life Gets Hard

images (1)Most of us will experience hard choices, stressful events, and difficult situations that will impact us in one way or another for the rest of our lives. Hard times happen. They teach us lessons, make us stronger, and give us a deeper sense of self. After all, would sitting in the sun mean as much if you hadn’t of experienced the storm first?

If there’s one constant in this world, it’s change. Your job  is to make it through until change for the better happens. How? Here are three tricks to power through in a time of crisis:

Get Out of Your Head

images (2)The bad things that happen in life can make or break us—it all depends on how we react to them. When something bad happens to you, do you react with anxiety and despair? Are you fearful for what else might happen? The truth is, you can’t possibly predict the future. Even a psychic can only see outcomes based on current energies. So rather than sitting around, mulling over all the horrible things that have happened and might happen, you need to take a breath, center yourself and think about what you can do now. You’re not looking just to remedy any one of the problems you’re currently facing. Rather, you’re looking to keep yourself sane and centered as you power through all of them.

Put One Foot in Front of the Other

You’re only human, and in the face of difficult circumstances, it’s easy to find yourself thinking six steps ahead. The key to managing your state of mind (and being) during tough times, however, is to remain grounded in the now. Approach each day uniquely. Say to yourself, “Today I will do x, y and z.” That means no worrying about a, b, c or even n. You have to trust that it will all work out. That doesn’t mean you can sit idly by and be a victim—quite the contrary. Active engagement is required to facilitate change. However, by spreading yourself too thin and focusing on too many things at once, all you do is dilute the effects of your efforts.

It sounds so simple, but the result of truly approaching every day as the only one that matters has powerful results.

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Release Your Expectations

Finally, we all have ideas about what our perfect life should look like. But in order to make it through the tougher times, it’s important not to get so caught up in what your life “should” be that you miss out on alternatives that could make you just as happy, if not even happier. By remaining open and receptive to positive change in general (even if it’s in a form you could never have anticipated or thought you’d want), the world will open up to you in a whole new set of ways.

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