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Strength in Challenging Times

January 21, 2010

As I said in my first post, bad news is all over the place and it’s difficult to keep a positive and optimistic attitude. Without wanting to deny reality, we may not forget that it’s only courage and internal fortitude that will help us to overcome adversity.

The pain perception induced by harsh times is different for each one of us. Everybody has a threshold of pain, physically and morally.  I’m convinced that it evolves over time though. Experience strengthens us. Our environment changes. Our reactions become different. So do our actions.

I’d like to share with you some tips, that I find useful to keep a cool mind and a warm heart in challenging moments.

♦ Stay creative

The world never stops. Even during your darkest moments, people are living, creating, moving, selling, partnering, etc. Don’t close your mind, mulling on your own problems. Of course, you have to find a solution to solve them. But more than often, solutions can be right there, just under your nose. They might not seem appealing at first, but give them a chance. Think of what you learn, what you see and give it a twist. Keep your mind and heart open to new ideas and concepts.

♦ Find an inspirational model

Unfortunately, you are  not the only one ending up in a bad situation. But the good news is… you are  not the only one ending up in a bad situation. Lots of people have had to face adversity and have overcome it. Many of them have learned so much that they actually became healthier, wealthier or better people.They have left great testimonies about it. There are numerous books, movies that you can check out. Allow them to inspire you. Find a model and follow his/her example. Apply the principles those heroes teach you.

♦ Be true to yourself

It’s important to stay who you are. I’m not saying that you should get stuck in your old habits (after all, they are for a great part responsible for the situation you are in now). What I’m saying is, try to become a better you by knowing yourself. No matter what, pursue your dreams. Find your qualities and strengths. Cultivate them.

♦ Develop new relationships

Social awareness is essential to balance and happiness. When you are socially active and are part of a group, any group, you get a better grasp of your personal worthiness. So, join any group that is appealing to you. It can range from charities to fitness groups, from personal development meetings to dance lessons. Whatever, but don’t get isolated. Be part of life. Mingle with other people and get to know them.

♦ Laugh and have fun

Too often when life hits us, we go into “mourning mode”. It’s like a switch turning the light off. Yes, the situation can be daunting, but is there a written law saying that laugh and fun should be banned? Of course not. If necessary force yourself. Seek funny cartoons on the web, laugh with your children, look out for ridiculous. You’ll be surprised how it will relax you and make you see the world in a different way. If you are not good at it, ask a friend to help you.

And, please, don’t forget: share your happy moment of the day on this blog.

All the best to you.

Nadia

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 4:07 PM

    Great suggestions!

    My happy moment of the day came at lunch time when I got to spend my break with my wife and youngest daughter! 🙂

  2. January 21, 2010 4:48 PM

    Inspiration is key when you are facing a tough time. That is why I love spending time with people who have a similar mindset as I do.

  3. January 21, 2010 9:05 PM

    Hi Nadia
    Definately Laugh and Have fun are very important. In challenging times and times when you are stressed just letting go for a little while and having fun and laughing can be the best medicine 🙂

  4. January 23, 2010 9:42 AM

    Apply the principles your heroes teach you – I should listen to that. You’re absolutely right. And generally lots of good points in this post to keep you on track during a difficult phase. Thanks!

  5. January 25, 2010 8:09 AM

    Thanks for your comments, guys. We really appreciate your support. Inspiration and humor are also my best ways to cope with less happy moments.
    Please drop by once in a while. I think I’m going to create a guest page where we’ll gather all the happy moments of people who will care to share.
    Nadia

  6. February 1, 2010 2:58 AM

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  7. February 1, 2010 6:30 PM

    Just wondering if you have blogs on any other niche as i really like this blog?

    • February 4, 2010 3:35 PM

      this blog is quite generalist. We want people to be comfortable on this one to share everything that makes them feel at home. Feel free to email us, follow us on twitter, FB or comment. I appreciate it. Really.

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