‘Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.’ ~ Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird
Daily life will always come with challenges.
It won’t ever go away. There may be some easy days, but there will always be bad days.
I’m not saying these to burst your optimistic bubble.
I’m saying these to preface my tips for you today.
Without further ado, here are 6 tips to rise above challenges:
1. Embrace the Challenges
Obstacles? Don’t be Stopped by them be Strengthen by them”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive
There’s no way out. Life will be challenging. Instead of hiding and running from them. Welcome them. Embrace.
Adopting this mindset is easier said than done.
But having this mindset will make your life so much easier.
You can begin by accepting that’s the way life is.
It’s going to challenge you to the core…
Life is going to change you. And resisting that change will only stress you out even more.
Why is it changing you in the first place? You might ask.
It’s because life wants you to grow. And deep down, that’s what you want too.
So embrace them and grow through every challenge.
2. Systematize Your Days
Some days can be better than others.
And for these not-so-easy days…
You might need an extra dose of motivation and happiness to get through them with grace.
It’s easy to lose your temper and lose sight of what’s important when you’re under pressure.
So the ability to deal with the challenges with grace will be so rewarding.
One way is to systematize your days. Create a routine in the morning and you can also do it at night too.
This routine should be healthy, like meditation, exercise, drinking water, etc.
Checking these activities off the list every single day…
Will give you that extra boost to get through a challenging day with grace.
Your challenges might not become easier, but you’ll become more equipped to tackle them.
3. Focus on One Thing at a Time
Challenges may present themselves all at once.
And if you can’t handle them well. It can be a disaster.
What you can do is to focus on one thing at a time.
Tackle immediate problems first, problems that if not solved immediately…
Can cause unwanted consequences.
Those that can be put off until later, do so.
If it will help you, create a mental list with 3 columns…
The first column will be those that need a solution immediately…
The last column will be those that can be put off until later.
And those that didn’t belong in the first and last will go to the second column.
This way, your thoughts can be more organized, thus helping you to solve your problems.
4. Take Baby Steps
As you go through your challenges, it can be overwhelming and more stressful…
If you’ll go full speed ahead.
It might be better to take baby steps when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Tackle one thing at a time, and do it as relaxed as possible…
You can do that to control your stress.
You don’t have to solve everything on the first day.
5. Focus on the Present
Aside from everything above. It is also important for your mind to focus on the present.
You can practice this by adding meditation to your routine.
But it can also be achieved in other means.
Simply tuning in to your senses will make your mind focus on what’s currently here, now.
Notice 5 things in your room, look at them and observe.
Next, hear 5 things you can hear. Listen. Where do you think those came from?
Next, feel 5 things on your body. Your clothes, your arms on the computer, your hands on the phone, etc.
As you do this, your senses will tune into the present. Erasing the unwanted thoughts about the past and the future that can greatly stress you out.
6. Enjoy Fun Moments
Finally, enjoy fun moments. Not every day of your life will be challenging. Some of them will be a breeze. Some will be fun and happy. While you’re here. Enjoy and celebrate. As you did while you’re in a challenging time…
Also, take your happy times moment by moment. Focus on the feeling of joy and happiness.
This will recharge you so when another challenging time comes, you’ll be prepared.
There you have it! I hope I help you prepare for your next challenging episode.
Or help you go through your present one.
Just keep at it. You can do it. You can rise above challenges. I believe in you.