No matter how much we avoid it, our lives will imminently hit the hard rock of tough times. Those who know how to paddle and claw, they will survive. Those who can’t, they’ll end with sufferings and unhappiness.
Losing your parents, breakups, failing in your business, getting hurt by your friend… these are unavoidable and you will eventually have to face them.
So, it’s essential that you know how to survive the toughest times in life. Here are five things you need for that:
1. Faith in time
Recall the last time when you had to go through something extremely difficult. You thought the worst has happened and that you can’t survive this. Now compare that time with today. You have survived. You have grown. And you have beaten that “worst” which you thought was the end.
Time fixed that, didn’t it?
This is why you must trust time with all your heart and soul. It fixes everything, every time.
So, the next time you’re face-to-face with a tough situation, have faith in time. Know that it will help you through whatever you’re experiencing. And you will be fine; better, in the coming weeks and months.
2. A purpose in life
It’s difficult to survive a tough time if you don’t want to survive in the first place.
This is where having a purpose in life comes to play a major role. You need a reason why you want to move forward in life.
You need a reason why you should survive this difficult time.
The ‘reason’ could be anything: your children, your mother, your company, your passion for traveling.
So, find a purpose or goal of your life that you want to commit all your remaining days to.
Half the battle is happening in your head. If you can control your mind, a large part of your “toughest time” will be solved.
But the only problem is that you cannot control your mind. It’s extremely difficult.
This is why you must take up mindfulness exercises that make you conscious of what you’re thinking and how, strategically, you can weed out the negative voices.
Meditation is one of the best things you can do for this.
The more attentive you are of your thoughts and are present in the moment, the easier will you find to stay in reality and less in exaggerations. This will significantly help you handle the real problems of your tough situations.
4. Good health
This is fundamental. The better health you are in, the easier will it get to deal with your tough problems.
So, exercise every day no matter how tedious you find it. Eat healthy. Drink enough water and stay hydrated. Go and see a doctor regularly for normal checkups.
5. Love for yourself
The concept of self-love still stands complex and full of questions.
In reality, the idea is very simple: you prioritize yourself, your health and your happiness above everything else.
Imagine, you’re in a bad mood and it’s making you feel miserable. If you love yourself above all, you will proactively take measures to make yourself feel good.
If you love yourself, instead of dwelling on all the bad things, you will desperately try to find out how to improve your situation, feel good and do what you always wanted to do.
So, start loving yourself more. Start by NOT settling for anything less than what you truly deserve; friends, relationship, success.
The more you love yourself, the less you would let anything else destroy your happiness and purpose.
Tough times in life are not a choice. They are a hard reality that hits every one of us. And they keep hitting us time and again.
It’s essential that you know how to effectively deal with them. That’s an elemental key if you want to live a happy and fulfilling life.