Peace of Mind When Times Are Tough
There are going to be periods in your life when times are tough. Loved ones die, facing outcomes of bad decisions, and loss of a job can really put you into a tailspin. Thinking clearly is difficult – peace of mind seems unattainable. But there are steps you can take to help you move through this tough time in your life.
Learn to trust yourself: “As you heal and grow, it will all work out. Relax and trust yourself”. Say this quote every morning because it all works out in the end.
Focus on what you are learning: Mistakes and setbacks are simply a form of practice. Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right. To never struggle is to never grow.
Ease your expectations: Don’t miss the silver lining because you were expecting gold. You must see and accept things as they are instead of as you hoped, wished, or expected them to be.
Open up to someone you trust: Remember – you are not alone.
Use hope to drive positive action: Only in the dark can you see the stars. The stars are hope. Look for them.
Move TOWARDS something instead of AWAY: By persistently trying to move away from what you don’t want, you are forced to think about it so much that you end up carrying its weight along with you. Focus your energy on moving forward.
Take a few steps back: Everything seems simpler from a distance. Sometimes you simply need to distance yourself to see things more clearly.
Give yourself time: Emotional healing is a process – don’t rush yourself through it. Never let trouble from the past make you feel like you have a bad life now.
Look for the beginning in every ending: Today is a new beginning – treat it that way. Stop thinking about what might have been and start looking at what can be.
Adapted from: 9 Ways to Find Peace of Mind in Tough Times by Angel Chernoff
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