Many times in our lives we are faced with difficult situations at home, work, and in our relationships. Some of the challenges that we encounter are part of life’s tests to make us better and prepare us for the next phase. Roy Bennett said, “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end”
Here are a few tips to help you get past tough times:
Admit That The Difficult Situation Is Temporary: The popular phrase, “No condition is permanent” holds true as every unpleasant situation has an expiry date. This consciousness will help you to stop drooling over the challenge and work towards the solution. No matter how dark the night is, it will surely break forth into a bright day!
Be Calm: Tough situations are capable of creating fear in our hearts and making us very miserable. Fear cripples the mind, heightens the problem, and makes you see the negativity alone. Do not give in to fear! Whenever the state of panic comes, confess boldly that you are not afraid. Let the Word of God empower you. Starve your fears and feed your mind with positive confessions. Try some breathing exercises. And when the negative thoughts creep into your mind, dismiss it immediately. Staying calm helps to address the situation maturely with boldness and a sound mind.
Speak Up: You do not have to face the situation alone. Look around, there are good people willing to listen to you, provide you with words of encouragement, and serve as your support system. Do not stay silent. You don’t have to manage all those raging issues boiling inside of you on your own. It could lead to depression, forcing you to take hasty and wrong decisions. Talking to someone can be soothing as it gives you an opportunity to relieve your heart of the burden, listen to suggested solutions, and reduce the risk of depression.
Do Not Lose Hope: Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart weary”, and giving up seems easy when the problem looks like it’s never going to be over. But never lose hope. Hope gives you a sense of security and increases your faith. Hope keeps you going when the chips are down and helps you see the future in bright light. We may not have control over situations that arises in our daily lives but staying hopeful will make the burden less easy to bear. Don’t stop believing, praying about the situation, and keeping hope alive. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Like Christopher Reeve said, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible”.