Four steps to help you overcome life challenges are outlined in this contributed post.
Whether you’re suffering from illness or injury, you’ve lost your job, or lost a close friend or relative, bouncing back to normal after a difficult time can seem almost impossible. With so much to get in order, from legal issues and financial responsibilities, to your own mental health, it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. But it honestly isn’t. The key is to take it one day at a time and be realistic, but get organized, and be a little bit stubborn with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you’ve totally got this.
Set yourself goals
So, you probably know what you want to achieve, whether it’s getting back to work after an illness, or finding a new job, or just getting back out socializing. It might seem like a ridiculously unattainable goal, when you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, but when you break it down into smaller targets, you’ve got yourself a realistic and not so overwhelming stepladder to follow. So set yourself a date target, and be sure that you’re realistic, there’s no point falling at the first hurdle after all. Then set yourself little targets along the way, and make sure you decide what your celebrations will entail when you hit those targets. Remember, if all else fails, bribing yourself is a surefire route to success.
Get your official business in order
When you’re struggling with ill health or mental health problems, or mourning the loss of a loved one, financial and legal issues can seem particularly overwhelming. The thing is, once you’ve got them out of the way, you’re carrying a far lighter load. Get some info about an accident attorney if you’re planning on claiming compensation or a probate solicitor to help with wills - they’ll be able to carry out the majority of the work so that you don’t have to. Create yourself a budget and put a financial plan in place, because once all that’s done, you can focus on you.
Make time to laugh and ground yourself
When the world feels like the worst place ever, it’s essential that you still make time to laugh. Get out and see friends, if you can. If you’re not able to, throw a small house party - pizza and Netflix are all it takes - and have a good giggle. Laughing is great for your mental health, and it’ll fill you with positivity. Fill time with meditation and yoga to strengthen your soul. Remind yourself that you’re not alone, that your friends love you, and that every day that passes you’re getting one step closer to your goal.
When things start to get out of hand, they can really spiral. The problem is, when you’re recovering, exhaustion and overwhelmedness can get in the way of the best-laid plans. Staying organized is the key to success here. Know your deadlines, know what needs doing around your house, and keep it all written in list forms and diaries. That way, you won’t have it all playing on your mind, taking up valuable time and energy, but the spiral of problems never gets a chance to get going either.
Getting back on your feet can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Don’t expect too much from yourself, and don’t beat yourself up when you’re not improving quite as fast as you like. It’s a slow process, so make sure you look after yourself.