If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the fact that you’ll face challenges in life. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or a financially difficult season, everyone faces their fair share of challenges. The key is that you’ll want to learn how to manage and balance life in a healthy manner. Consider these ways you can do that and move through difficult times with grace and peace.
- Set aside meditative time in the morning. The way you spend your morning can directly impact the rest of your day. If you start your day off on the right foot, you’ll be able to be prepared for whatever comes. This is why it’s best to avoid phone usage within the first hour of the day. Take time to pray, do a morning devotion or read something motivational and positive. Stretch your body. Express gratitude and set your intentions for the day. When you’re able to experience the stillness and peace of the morning, this can mentally set your mind in a peaceful place. No matter what kind of chaos you experience throughout the day, you’re at least centered enough to deal with it.
- Schedule something to look forward to. When you’re going through a very challenging season in your life, it’s important to remember that it won’t last forever. However, you have to become proactive about making sure you enjoy life. Time is going to pass. Time doesn’t care whether or not you have an unfortunate situation in front of you. This is why it’s important to make the most of every moment. Even when money is tight, make sure that you schedule something every day that you can look forward to. You might not be able to afford a trip to the spa. However, you can put on quiet music and do your own nails. You can pop some popcorn and enjoy a show on Netflix. If you love to read, spend an hour with a really good book and a hot cup of tea. When you’re intentional about enjoying the quiet moments, it can help you get through a challenging experience.
- Always make sure a friend is a phone call away. Everyone needs a safe place to land. Whether it’s a close family member or a best friend, it’s so helpful to have someone you can turn to when things get tough. Don’t be afraid to call a friend and be honest about how you’re really doing. This is what friends are for. You’ll find out who your true friends are when you go through difficulties.
- Exercise. Many people look at exercise as a habit that can help you when you’d like to lose weight. Truthfully, there are many people who exercise in order to maintain their sense of sanity. Even if it’s just a jog around the neighborhood, there’s something restorative about going outside, getting some fresh air and allowing it to fill the lungs. If you’re not someone who enjoys exercise, find ways to enjoy it. If you love to dance, go to a dance class. If you like to stretch, go to a Pilates class. Find ways to move your body because the act will help you balance life overall.
- Notice unhealthy patterns. If you find yourself binge eating lots of junk food on a daily basis, understand that this isn’t healthy or wise. If you’re in a position where you feel like you need to constantly drink the pain away, know that this is the start of an unhealthy addiction. If you’re in a position where you can’t cope without the use of prescription drugs, you might want to consider enrolling in a prescription drug rehab program. It’s better to become proactive about your health rather than reactive. You don’t want to want until you become a number in one of the prescription drug addiction statistics. Be intentional about noticing patterns and getting help.
- Advocate for yourself. When people go through challenging seasons where they have to serve as a caretaker or the patient, it’s so important to speak for yourself. It’s okay to need a moment. It’s okay to need a few moments. Don’t wait until you reach a breaking point before you advocate for yourself. Instead, be honest with everyone around you. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. It’s easy for people to take advantage of others. There are people who are inherently selfish. While this isn’t a malicious attack or something to take personal, it’s best to realize so that you don’t fall prey to it. Speak up when you need love, care and support. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to use the word ‘no’ when you need it.