As we go down the long difficult journey to greatness, setbacks are inevitable. We can either let setbacks weaken us or strengthen us.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.- Edmund Burke
It's easy to feel like you're the only one struggling with life's challenges. But the truth is, you're not.
We all face adversity in our lives. But it doesn't have to define us or keep us down for long. Learning how to overcome adversity and developing resilience can help you live a more fulfilling life.
The best way to get through tough times is dealing with them head-on. You don't have to avoid them or let them overwhelm you. Here are a few tips to help you get through adversity.
8 tips to deal with adversity
1. Be prepared by making yourself stronger and wiser
There are a lot of things you can do to develop before adversity strikes. One example is cognitive behavioral therapy. It teaches you to re-frame the way you view your circumstances to cope better.
Another example is having a growth mindset. When you have a growth mindset, you see your abilities as something that can be developed over time. You believe in yourself and in how you are capable of improvement.
People with a growth mindset don't give up when they have problems. They work on themselves and get better. They see their mistakes as an event that will teach them how to improve themselves.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all."
You could also have some positive affirmations you can remind yourself of in tough times. Additionally, having a list of things to remind yourself to be grateful for can make you less worn down by adversity.
There are a number of other things you can do to be prepared when setbacks happen. From having a support system ready to having a list of coping mechanisms, you can be ready to get back on your feet and move forward.
2. Stay positive
Negativity only makes getting through adversity harder. Don't stay stuck on the mistakes or the bad things that happened in your day. You can spend a little time being upset about something, but you have to try to shift your focus to the things you can still control.
Learn about positive self-talk to help yourself know how to maintain a positive mental attitude. Through staying upbeat and optimistic, you'll be more able to stay energized and push through adversity.
3. Take Risks
Be courageous in your pursuit of new opportunities. They can potentially lead to fresh, more fulfilling possibilities!
Step out of your comfort zone. Stay flexible and open to new circumstances. Taking chances is important because it creates opportunities for personal growth.
4. Spend Time in Nature
One of the best ways to cope with adversity is to spend time in nature. Doing so is a great way to take a break, destress, and clear your mind.
Nature helps us to have more perspective in life. It reminds us how beautiful life is and how lucky we are to be alive.
When you spend time in nature, you're connecting with yourself. Nature can also give you a sense of how interconnected everything is, with how much we all depend on each other.
When something bad happens, it is important to remember that there are many people who have our backs. Among the people who have our backs include:
- community groups
- social networks
5. Create wellness habits
It is important to build up wellness habits when you're dealing with difficulties. To overcome any obstacles, focus on optimizing your well-being.
That means eating well and exercising regularly. Even if you don't have a lot of extra time on your hands, it is possible to create new habits.
Simple and small changes can have a big impact over time. Eating whole foods and taking walks on your breaks can help you handle stressful situations with ease.
6. Avoid Making Excuses
Taking personal responsibility will help you overcome adversity. We're not always responsible for how life treats us.
But we can control how we choose to respond to it. Complaining or blaming others is the easiest way out, but will lead nowhere.
There's always some excuse we can make to avoid facing our challenges head-on. How do you make the choice to be better and live an empowered life?
Take full responsibility for your actions, accept the things you cannot change, and change how you respond to life's challenges. That approach is a better way to move through the adversity you face.
7. Find Your Why
One of the most effective ways to get through adversity is to know your "why." A few questions that might help you find it include:
- What is your purpose?
- Why are you here?
- What really matters to you?
Answering these questions can help you know yourself better. It will give you clarity about how to proceed and how you want your life to look.
Finding your why helps you stay motivated in the face of challenges. Have an image in your head of how great your life will be after you get through a tough time. It'll help you keep going forward.
8. Spend Time With Supportive People
Spending time with people who support you is one of the best ways to get through hard times. When you spend time with positive, inspirational people who understand your struggles, it can give you the strength to endure almost anything.
You also get to know how other people handle their difficulties and how they deal with them in a productive way. People who are supportive are often happy people.
One of the reasons why they're so happy is because they know how to find joy in each day. They can do this, even when facing challenges.
They know that everyone has difficulties from time to time. In addition, they realize how great it is when you can find ways through hardships.
Surround yourself with people who will support you. You'll have the encouragement you need to overcome adversity.
Get through adversity one small habit at a time
These strategies can be used to live a more empowered life. Choose to take responsibility for yourself, become more persistent, and make better choices about how you want to live. Do your best to make these tips a part of your habits.
Remember that adversity can be a stepping stone on the path towards success. A lot of life is about how you choose to see things. Choose to see the best, and you'll potentially find yourself having the best.