Dealing with tough situations

We all face obstacles in life. Sometimes they can be really hard, and you may not know how to fix them. The trick is not to try and avoid them, but learn how to deal with problems the best way you can.

Here are a few tips you can apply to just about any problem:

Take a break and assess the situation 

Sometimes when we feel sad, nervous, scared or angry we don’t always make the best immediate choices. Go to a place where you feel relaxed and think again about the situation. Imagine someone you really care about going through the same thing as you, and think of the advice you would give them to find the best result. 

Go with your gut

The right thing to do is not always the easiest. There may be several ways to deal with an issue you are facing, so choose the one that feels the most comfortable and ‘right’ and go with it. 

Honesty is key 

This can be really hard sometimes, but being honest with yourself and other people always feels good, in the end. First, think about the things you have done. If they feel wrong, forgive yourself for making the mistake. If it has hurt someone else, go to them and make it right. You’ll feel better and they might too. Reflect on what you can learn from it and change things in the future to keep on track. 

Build resilience 

Everyone falls down and has hard times. All of the most successful people in the world have faced obstacles in their lives at one time or another. The road to success is not always an easy journey. But when you’ve picked yourself up more than once along the way, your best achievements will be even more valuable to you.

So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again more intelligently.

Photo: From our 'loving life' photo contest, by Paula Neumanas.

 


Published: 30 June 2017