What To Do When Things Suck

Life is generally unpredictable.  It can be great, but it can also suck.  So what do you do when things suck?

  1. Remember this will pass

Life is always changing with each new day.  Although some things might last a long time (or at least seem like it) things change all the time.  Take this opportunity to think back over your life and remember how many things you’ve already come through and take heart, this too will pass.

2. Change your perspective

Let’s face it, when you’re in the middle of a battle or difficult time, it’s hard to see anything else. When you can’t see beyond the current problem, it’s very hard to get out of it, so do whatever you need to do to get a new view, a new outlook, a new perspective.  My wife and I love to go for drives on roads we’ve never been on before.  The prospect of seeing something new and exciting really helps to bring some clarity and hope during the hard times

3.  Find ways to laugh

Did you know that laughter is good for you?  It really works to relieve stress and it also releases endorphins, which are the brain chemicals responsible for feelings of euphoria.  So figure who and what makes you laugh and go for it.

4. Give

One of the best ways to change your perspective and get outside yourself, so to speak, is to give. Give to a charity or non-profit that you respect, volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.  I wholeheartedly believe that when we give, it not only changes us but sets things into motion for our benefit.

5. Don’t yield to pressure

When stress is hitting at us from every angle, deadlines are looming, and life is generally dealing a bad hand, it is very easy to make bad decisions due to our yielding to pressure.  I heard one of my mentors relate a story one time about a very stressful situation involving family members and a sick loved one.  He was being pressured by the family to make rash decisions because they were all afraid of possible outcomes. It was during this time that he had an epiphany that changed the way he dealt with pressure from that point on.  He realized that God had everything under control and really didn’t need his help – He only needed faith.  From that point on, he handled stress with a “low and slow” mindset that freed him from giving into pressure.

Hope this helps your day.  Pass it along to others who may benefit.

Mike

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