Adversity can come in various forms. Overcoming adversity can take on many forms, but it’s still possible.
For military personnel, it could be suffering an injury that left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
For a mother, it could be getting the heartbreaking news that one of her children is terminally ill.
Or it could be falling victim to a natural disaster and losing everything you’ve had.
However it shows up in your life, two things are for sure. The first is that your life will never be the same again. Second, it’s a challenging event that can lead you into a downward spiral of depression, stress, and anxiety.
While there’s no way that you can turn back the hands of time, there are some things that you can do to make the most of what you have to continue enjoying the journey.
Here are five ways how you can overcome adversity and still enjoy living.
1) See things in a new perspective
When you are hit with adversity, the tendency for most people is to feel anger and how life is just so unfair. That’s normal, but don’t stay focused on that.
Instead, shift your attention towards the things that you have that you can be thankful for. For example, if you lost your home and all your possessions to a recent flood, be grateful for how you and your entire family are all still alive and together. Reminding yourself of these things will make the adversity lose a little bit of its power and hold on you.
2) Help others
Take the time to help someone by becoming a coach, guide, mentor, or just a friend. This will help keep you from mourning over what happened to you and open your eyes on just how fortunate you still are.
Helping others will also help you realize that you are still valuable and able to make a difference despite the adversity you currently face. This will, in turn, help you regain some of the self-confidence and self-worth you may have initially when the trouble struck.
3) Join a support group
No matter how supportive your friends and relatives can be in your situation, there are instances when speaking with others who are going through the same thing you are facing is the most helpful.
There are several different support groups that you can find online that will introduce you to a community of other people that understand the challenges you now face.
4) Take care of yourself
When adversity hits, it can take a toll on you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Taking good care of yourself like eating a well-balanced diet, exercising daily or starting a new hobby can help you better manage the stress that arises from the adverse situation.
5) Learn something new
Learning new skills help keep your mind off from the adversity. These can also open new doors of opportunity that you may never have even considered.
Sites like Lynda.com offer several courses that you can take at your own pace in the comfort of your home.
While adversity is never pleasant, you are the only one who can determine whether this will make you bitter or better.
If you’re ready to overcome adversity and reclaim your life back, schedule a free Discovery session with Coach Margaret.