Your alarm rings. You get up in the morning, already frustrated that another shitty day is in front of you. You don’t see a reason to do anything, and life somehow lost its meaning. You are going through the crisis, and it seems like it has no end.
Things weren’t designed to always go the way we want. The truth is that we can have a few beers together and bitch about this bad, negative life we have been given or we can stop for a second and understand the privilege of actually becoming a human being. I know the first option sounds better, but it doesn’t lead anywhere.
One of the hardest things in life is to keep your head up while going through hardships and struggle How can you excel in anything or go 100% when even 50% seems impossible? How can you thrive in life while suffocating on own problems?
Here are 5 ways how to succeed in life while dealing with a crisis.
1. Your struggle is your best teacher
You can have two different people with the same exact problem but an entirely different outcome. Often it isn’t a matter of their intelligence or skills but the matter of perspective. I bet you’ve heard about having your glass half full or half empty. What option do you choose? Everything is a perspective.
Once you get into a difficult position in life, don’t feel sorry for yourself. It will only beat you down and make it even worse. Instead, look at the situation and ask yourself: “What’s in it for me? What can I learn from it?”
2. Focus on patience
When we experience pain, we tend to panic. The situation pushes us to the wall, and the pain feels intolerable. This state of mind forces you to act without considering consequences. You’ll end up acting based on your emotions instead of rational thinking which doesn’t give you always the outcome you want.
Once you are in a tough position and you can’t see the way out, try this simple exercise. Find an empty room where you can comfortably relax, take 3 to 5 deep breaths and remind yourself that patience is everything. Nothing bad lasts forever and now is the time to keep it in mind.
Consistently focus on patience and use this simple breathing exercise to stop any rush of negative feelings. It will help you concentrate better on a solution instead of a problem.
3. Go out and help others
One of the best ways how you can distract yourself from your problems and at the same time make yourself feel better is helping others. Did your friend ask you to help him move his stuff to a new apartment? Get out and get busy. Is your family member going through a crisis and needs a shoulder to cry on? Give him yours.
Some people say that when they are having a hard time in life, they have no energy to help those around them because their hands are full with their personal problems. I must disagree with this statement. From my personal experience, anytime I helped others with their struggle, it made me feel alive and important. Looking at other’s problems make you forget about your own, and it reminds you that you aren’t the only one going through it.
4. Understand that your strength is unlimited
Have you ever looked at a person’s life, their past and thought that you wouldn’t be able to handle what they have. Well, I think you would. We often underrate ourselves but give much more credit to others.
The truth is that we don’t choose exactly what we want. Sometimes life shows up and gives us a slap on the face. So what do you do then? You deal with it. It is the only thing you can actually do. And this is the place where your strength comes from. There isn’t any limit to what you can handle and endure in life. At the end of the day, it all comes down to this: Struggle is here to teach us something and make us grow.
5. Surround yourself with tons of love
When you are dealing with difficulties in life, you tend to be more vulnerable and emotional. Forget about handling it all on your own. Surround yourself only with the closest people who understand you and who are there for you. Let them know that you may need them a little bit more than usual, so they are aware of your troubles.
Feeling of love and compassion will help you get through your crisis quicker, and it makes you much stronger.
How do you deal with a crisis? Leave a comment below.