Self-Care and Coping Skills
Have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months or even years where you feel like nothing’s going right? It’s a helpless and overwhelming time. You might be going through that time right now, in fact. If you are, consider these six self-care tips. Not only will they help you cope when things are going wrong, they’ll also help you see the light at the end of this tumultuous tunnel.
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1. Get Some Rest
When things are going wrong, it’s difficult to envision a better time. In fact, everything tends to feel like a big deal that you have to deal with right away! If you’re exhausting yourself with worry, you need to rest. If you’re feeling hopeless and if you’re filled with worry and fear, take a break and take a nap. And if you feel like you can’t sleep, do other restful activities or activities that relieve stress. Give yourself permission to disengage, even if it’s just for a little while.
2. Avoid the Victim Mindset
It’s easy to feel like a victim when it feels like the world is against you. But once you take on the victim mindset, you tell yourself that there is nothing you can do to help yourself; you are no longer in control of your destiny. As a result, you’ll lose the opportunity to learn, grow and change from this experience. Instead of accepting your fate and complaining about it, take action. Seek the advice of a trusted friend, psychic or other confidante. And above all, keep trying because you are the only person who can get you through a difficult time when things are going wrong.
3. Prepare for Something Better to Come
Even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel right now, it doesn’t mean things won’t get better. When things are going wrong, you should look at it as an opportunity to improve your circumstances. You have the chance to make your life better and it will get better, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
4. Slow Down and Course Correct
If things are going wrong, perhaps you need a new plan. Working hard only gets you so far, and if you are working hard on the wrong things, you may have to change things up to get yourself on the right path. Take some time to slow down, look at your current situation, and do any course correcting needed so you can proceed full steam ahead.
5. Rediscover the Blessings in Your Life
When everything’s going wrong we tend to forget about the things that are going right. Yes, even when life isn’t working in your favor, there are still things to be thankful for. It’s time to rediscover what’s still good about your life. Grab a pen and some paper and make a list of what’s good. It could be anything from the comfortable pair of yoga pants you’re wearing while having the flu, or the awesome back rub you got from a loved one while going over your debt.
6. Avoid Negative People
Some people will build you up when everything’s going wrong; other people will bring you down. Whether they have negative, unhelpful opinions, or they just enjoy feeding off of your drama, these people know how to make a bad situation worse. It’s best to just avoid them, rather than let them feed your misery.