Struggling? 3 Immediate Strategies You Can Use

Sometimes in life, we have problems that take over everything we do.

We go to work, but find it difficult to focus. The serene home we dreamed of may be a battlefield, dealing with attitudes or illnesses or debt.

Sometimes, we battle ourselves, coming face to face with the weaknesses we can’t seem to contain.

Coping with life’s ups and downs.

We will never be able to create a life without stress. (I think I’ve tried that.)

There will always be a new conflict that comes your way, and it will be your job to find a solution.

So what can you do when life feels overwhelming?

In searching for this answer for myself, I discovered the answer was remarkably simple.

Unfortunately, problems don’t disappear overnight, but the way I feel, and my own self-care, contributes greatly to a better outcome.

Here’s what I’ve found. When s*&t hits the fan, there are three immediate strategies that keep from spiraling into despair and anxiety. They are simple, and always an option, which is important to remember as you read the following exercise.

Identify: 3 coping strategies you can use.

It isn’t healthy to let your work, self and home-life suffer during every bump in the road. If you’re struggling today, or even if you’re not, take a minute to think about three things you can do to take your mind off your problems.

This helps you gain perspective, and also, allows you to focus on other things that are also important to you.

Choose three from the list below.

Positive ways to restore emotional balance

  • Listen to music
  • Exercise
  • Stretch or practice yoga
  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Laugh
  • Watch a favorite TV show
  • Read
  • Play games or do a crossword
  • Go for a stroll
  • Relax in the bath
  • Spend time in solitude
  • Work outside
  • Call a friend
  • Engage in a hobby
  • Journal
  • Crush negative thinking
  • Get your thoughts out of the past and into the present
  • Avoid the blame game
  • Take your dog for a walk (or cat? … maybe)
  • Take a nap
  • Eat a healthy snack
  • Create something beautiful

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Photo by sciain

Check out Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, coming January 2016 from Delacorte Press/Random House. Visit her author site here.

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