It’s natural to face tough times throughout the cycle of this thing called life.
We have to make hard choices, difficult decisions, and accept that things aren’t always in our control. That can be stressful and challenging, to say the least.
The truth is, life gets hard. Things don’t always go as planned.
How can we learn to cope and get through these hard times? What do we do when life gets tough? Here are 6 tips to follow:
6 Tips for When Life Gets Hard
1. Remember that it will change
The number one thing to keep in mind is that life is forever changing, and the state that you are in at this moment is not permanent.
Feel settled knowing that. Remind yourself of it when you are having a hard time. Really take this in and embrace it.
2. Take it as a learning experience
You’d be surprised that during tough times and through suffering, we often come out on the other side with lessons learned. No matter what life brings you.
Think deeply about what could come from your current situation and any lessons you can learn from it.
For example, when I am going through tough times I find that I reflect a lot more and tend to evaluate my reaction to outside factors.
I question where I could have gone wrong and if I reacted without thinking.
How could I improve this? This could be a lesson learned for the future.
3. Take it day by day
Remember that there’s always tomorrow.
You may be feeling super low today, but tomorrow may be different. It’s easy for us to dwell in the moment.
But the truth is, you don’t know what tomorrow may hold and find peace in knowing that.
It could help spark a bit of hope deep inside you and you could find a bit of happiness when life is hard.
4. Practice Gratitude
It may be difficult to try and find gratitude when you are going through a lot at the moment.
But this simple practice has the power to transform your mindset.
Start by writing down the three things you are most grateful for in life.
This could be a family member, a friend, your pet, your career, etc.
Then write down WHY you are grateful for this force in your life.
Are you grateful for your children because they bring you joy and unconditional love?
Are you grateful for your health because it allows you to be active and present for others?
Try applying this practice to your everyday life, and write down things you are grateful for in the mornings when you wake up or right before you go to bed.
These could be small things such as catching up with an old friend or the appreciation you received at work.
This practice can help reveal all the positives that remain in your life and get you through those tough times.
5. Practice self-care
Self-care is so important to put into practice when you are going through a rough patch.
It can improve your physical and mental state, as well as your overall well-being.
Self-care falls into several different categories such as spiritual, emotional, personal, financial, etc.
But for now, lets simply focus on physical and mental.
How can you improve your physical well-being during hard times? Here are a few self-care tips to follow:
• Sleep Well
Getting a good night’s sleep improves clarity, mood, and prepares you to face the day.
Make sure to get a full 7-8 hours of sleep, as recommended by experts.
• Stay Hydrated
Take good care of your body by keeping hydrated at all times.
Keep a glass of water by your bed and bring a bottle with you on the go.
• Physical Activity & Yoga
Exercise is one of the best natural medicines we could give ourselves.
To really uplift yourself in a positive way and get those endorphins flowing, try to get a daily dose of physical activity, whether that is going for a 30-minute run, joining the gym, or practicing yoga.
Yoga is especially beneficial in hard times, as it is proven to boost your self-esteem, improve mental clarity, and creates mindfulness.
Now let’s move onto mental self-care.
While you are not in the best mental state when you are going through difficult times, you can try to improve this- little by little. Here’s how:
• Practice Self-discovery
Self-discovery is essential for growth and could really help you get to know yourself better in hard times.
Try writing down on a piece of paper the answers to these three questions:
-What is my purpose in life?
– Where do I see my life going?
– What is my definition of success?
Of course, you can come up with several different questions of your own, but taking some time to clarify your purpose in life can really guide you towards improving it.
• Read More
Reading has the power to take you out of the current moment and provides a mini-escape of discovery.
Reading help you to learn and is proven to decrease stress.
Try stopping my your local library or searching on your kindle for a book that can inspire you and lift you up during these hard times.
• Set Goals
Setting goals can lead you on a path to continuous self-development and make you hopeful for the future.
Try planning out some daily, monthly, and yearly goals.
This activity will distract you from your present situation and guide you towards a future that looks brighter and more fulfilling.
6. Learn acceptance
No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot go back and change the past. Nor can you change things that are beyond your control.
Acceptance is not easy and takes time to come to terms with.
But when you are going through a rough patch, it could be the very thing that sets you free.
To help you along the process of acceptance, try writing down some daily statements such as:
– “I can’t change the past.”
– “Some things are beyond my control.”
– “Focus on the future, and let go of the past.”
Setting daily acceptance reminders will help you to cope with your current situation and lean into a state of acceptance.
And there you have it, 6 valuable tips for when life gets hard. No matter what life brings you, you have the internal power and strength to see it through. How do you get through hard times? Share in the comments below.