If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen when we’re least expecting it.
Unless you’re extremely lucky, there will be times in your life when the unexpected happens and knocks you off your feet. It’s how we deal with these events that ultimately govern how we’ll be affected by them in the long term.
Whether it’s an illness, death, natural disaster, or something else, we all react differently. When the unexpected does happen, how do you respond?
Acceptance of the situation
It’s easy to get caught up in the shock and perceived unfairness of what has happened to you. While this is a natural reaction, it also serves no real purpose. Learning to accept what has happened will speed up the process of learning to deal with it and recover.
Try and maintain a positive attitude
Trying to make the best of a bad situation isn’t easy. Especially when you’re in the eye of the storm so to speak. Positivity doesn’t mean trying to be happy in the face of overwhelming odds but trying to maintain some forward momentum when rebuilding your life. For example, if you’re home has been affected by a natural disaster, of course, you are going to be devastated, and no one expects you to be super positive in this situation. The advantages of positivity come from moving forward to engage a disaster cleanup service and take steps towards rebuilding.
Plan to get back on track
Creating a plan to rebuild your life can give you something to focus on. This focus can help center you and make you feel more in control. Sometimes we feel entirely helpless, so taking back control, even of just minor things can start to build up those feelings of confidence again.
Try to keep your emotions centred
Feeling emotionally overwhelmed can lead to extreme anger and depression, which of course can be very destructive. Of course, there is the other end of the spectrum too, where you might feel numb or unresponsive. Trying not to get overwhelmed will ultimately help you push forward constructively.
Accept and seek out support
Friends and family will come to your aid when you need it. For some people, accepting help can be difficult, whether it’s emotional, physical, or financial. A support system like this is invaluable to you and you shouldn’t be reticent to accept people’s help when they offer it. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a good support network around them, so if you do, take advantage of it.
If you feel like you’re struggling mentally, reach out to a professional counselor, who can help you deal with your emotions and put everything you’re going through into context for you.
Learn self care techniques
Taking the time to practice self-care is very important. Self-care will mean different things to different people. To some, it will be some free time to look after themselves and indulge in relaxation. Others may choose to practice meditation or take up a hobby. Find out what self-care meant to you and permit yourself to spend time on yourself.
Thank yo for reading! I hope this has helped you find ways of coping positively. Remember you are strong.