How To Overcome Life’s Challenges

by Carter Toni

If there is one thing that’s certain for everyone, one thing that everyone can have in common, it’s that there will be challenges to face in life. You’ll be presented with some form of challenge every day, in fact, but a lot of the time you’ll just breeze past them, hardly acknowledging them at all. Of course, at other times, there will be much bigger obstacles to overcome, and these are the ones you’ll remember when you think back on your life, especially if you found you couldn’t get past them and you had to find another route to your goals in life. Perhaps that route is still hidden.

This is why life’s challenges can seem overwhelming at times. However, although these issues might be unpleasant, it is possible to get past them and continue your journey in whatever direction it is you need to go in. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to overcome even the biggest problems in life, ensuring you are able to do whatever it is you want. Read on to find out more.

Make A Plan

No one is ever going to be able to be one hundred percent sure of what the future holds, but you can have some ideas, no matter how vague. The best thing to do is to take these ideas and make plans around them. Start by thinking of all the things that have challenged you in the past; how would you do things differently now? What needs to be in place to ensure those problems don’t come back?

As well as this, you can think ahead to your ultimate goals. How are you going to reach those goals? It can seem like an impossible task, but if you break your primary goal down into smaller elements that you know you can achieve one by one, it suddenly becomes a lot easier. 

Don’t Compare

Another way to help you overcome life’s challenges is to remember never to compare your situation with someone else’s. Although the two sets of circumstances might look similar, the reality is that they won’t be – everyone is different which means every situation is unique. If you try to compare what you’re trying to do with someone else’s life, you probably won’t find things get easier; they might even get harder.

Imagine if you looked at someone else and thought their situation – or their handling of it – was better than yours. In that case, you would be in a negative frame of mind when dealing with your own issues, and perhaps not look at the benefits and positive outcomes you would otherwise have seen. Likewise, what if you saw someone else struggling and thought you shouldn’t be worrying about your own problems because someone else’s life is ‘worse’ than yours. This is not the case; you’ll only be making your own problems worse by hiding them away or not sharing them because you think they’re not really such an issue. If they’re causing you problems, they are an issue.

The upshot is that you shouldn’t compare your life to anyone else’s. You’re the only one who has to live your life, and you’re therefore the only one who knows what the true situation is.

Talk To A Professional

It’s not a good idea to keep your problems and emotions all bottled up inside you. This is advice you will probably have heard dozens of times in the past, and that’s because it’s good advice and something you should certainly think about. Even if you feel the problem is something you should be able to deal with yourself, if you’re struggling or you find that you can’t think of a solution, then there is no harm and no shame in seeking professional advice. Search for a psychologist near me and find one that suits your needs and budget. Once you have visited them and talked about whatever it is that’s worrying you, you are sure to feel better. Not only will they be able to offer you advice, but simply by speaking your issues out loud and acknowledging the challenges in your life, you will feel a weight has been lifted from you.

Of course, professional therapists are the best people to go to when you need to talk to someone who can give you proper guidance, but if you need to work up to that step – and it can be a big step for some people to manage – then you should speak to someone nonetheless. They won’t be qualified to give advice, so bear that in mind, but if you have a close friend or family member you know will listen to what you have to say, even if they can’t help directly, this can be a good start.

Feel Your Feelings

Linked to the point above, it’s important that you feel your feelings when you are trying to overcome an obstacle of any kind. These will usually be negative feelings to begin with, which is why we try to hide them away, but they are important. Not only should you always try to acknowledge your feelings as it’s healthier, but they will give you an indication of what you think about your situation, and that can help you work out how to deal with it.

Ask yourself why it is you are feeling the way you’re feeling. Why are you angry? Why are you sad? Why are you frustrated? Understanding more about why you feel the way you do will enable you to deal with your emotions much more easily. You can take the action you need to take to deal with that specific emotion, and then you can move forward and deal with the challenge that set the emotion off in the first place. 

Get Healthy

Not everyone is aware that their mental health is directly linked to their physical health, and that by ensuring you exercise regularly, you can improve how you feel overall. This in turn means that challenges are easier (although not always easy) to overcome because your mind if clearer and you are able to find solutions to issues a lot more quickly.

The best thing to do is to add more exercise into your daily life. This could be something like attending a gym or exercise class, but equally, it could be walking to the store rather than driving, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Start small and gradually build up into something bigger if you’re not used to exercising; this will help prevent sore muscles and it will ensure you can feel the benefits and be motivated to continue.

As well as exercising in whatever way you feel is best for you, it’s wise to look at your general diet. It’s easy to opt for quick, processed meals, but they are very bad for you, and can even be carcinogens in some cases. At the very least, they will cause you to put on weight and you won’t get all the essential nutrients you need to function properly. Think about what you eat and switch out the bad food for fresh fruit and vegetables, lentils, lean meat, and other healthy food. Do it bit by bit, exchanging one ‘bad’ food type for a ‘good’ one. If you do it slowly like this, you won’t miss the food you’re reducing from your diet so much, meaning you’re much more likely to stick with this new way of eating healthily.

Don’t Overreact

When you overreact to something happening, you will start to work on instinct alone. Although instinct is hugely important and something that we all need to pay a lot more attention to – that gut feeling really does mean something in many cases, and links back to when we were living in caves and needed all our senses to survive day to day life – in some cases it’s a negative thing, and that’s the case when a challenge or obstacle presents itself.

If you overreact to a situation, it means you haven’t given yourself a chance to think things through and come up with a sensible, workable solution. Instead, you’ve panicked and assumed that nothing can be done. Or you’ve taken action, but it will be something you come to regret later when the real solution presents itself after you’ve have time to think carefully about what’s happening.

Next time you have a challenge to deal with, step back and away from it. In most cases, you will have some time to think about what you need to do, and there will be no cause to react immediately. In this way, you can consider all the pros and cons of each different situation and know you are making the right decision, as far as it is ever possible to know, at least. Of course, you’ll also need to ensure you don’t take too long to make that decision, or the opportunity could be lost to do anything at all. There is a balance to be created between action and inaction, and once you know how to do this – which will take practice – you can deal with challenges much more easily.

It’s also important not to overanalyze the situation. If you start to dig too deeply into what you did or didn’t do – or what someone else did or didn’t do – you’ll get caught up in the what ifs, and you will stray far away from the important things like working out what you need to do to put things right and continue on your life’s path towards your goals.

Don’t Blame Others

A lot of people will look around for someone else to blame when there is a challenge that presents problems in their lives. It’s the easiest option; if it’s someone else’s fault that we’re in the situation we’re in, then we shouldn’t and couldn’t be expected to do anything about it.

Of course, this is not the right way to go about things. A lot of the time, it won’t be someone else’s fault, and acknowledging that you make mistakes and that those mistakes can sometimes put you in challenging situations is crucial. When you know this, you’ll have a much more positive mindset about getting yourself out of the situation, and you’ll be motivated to show that although you made a mistake, you are perfectly capable of dealing with it and taking responsibility.

When you blame someone else for what happened, you’ll never take that all-important responsibility, and you’ll spend time waiting for something or someone to fix the problem you have rather than being proactive and doing something about it.

Even if it is someone else’s fault, that doesn’t mean you’re not able to fix the issue. In fact, taking this control of the situation that someone else caused for you is extremely important; you’ll show yourself you’re even more powerful and able to cope than you ever thought possible.

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