Staying Tough During Tough Times
By Donna Stark
Do you think you are tough? Most of us will probably say "yes" when asked that question, but when stuck in a home with a gaggle of kids for days on end, that answer can change pretty quickly, can't it? If there is one thing we know, it's that life can certainly be stressful at times, and it is during those times that your mental toughness is put to the test. But don't worry. Just because you aren't a Navy SEAL doesn't mean you are going to fall apart. You got this! And that's all that matters.
Staying Mentally Tough During Tough Times
We often forget just how capable we are during times of adversity so it's important to stay calm, strong, and grounded. Try not to forget or lose sight of the values that guide you from day to day because when that happens, things can start to feel as if they are out of control. If you are feeling like that is happening in your life right now, take a look at these simple tips. They may be able to help you navigate your days a little bit better.
- Breathe - Scared, stressed, or anxious? Take a moment to breathe. Deep breathing techniques are a great way to calm a hyper-stressed mind and help you get through an especially challenging moment during your day. When you practice controlled breathing, things may actually slow down a bit, and may even slow down just enough to give you time to relax and focus.
- Stay positive - No matter how stark the situation may seem, there is always something to be positive about and you need to jump on that. We've all heard about the power of positivity and now may be the time when it is needed the most, so try to keep yourself in that frame of mind.
- Set goals - You know how they say that the most successful people always make their beds in the morning? Well, making the bed is the first goal that gets to be checked off their to-do lists and it's a great example of what I am going to say next. Set goals for yourself, even if they seem small or inconsequential. If you are stuck at home, make it a goal to create a healthy breakfast for everyone, commit to a new fitness routine, or set aside some time to teach your children cursive. Having goals creates purpose and that is what will get you through the day.
Look for the Light
That light at the end of the tunnel is there, you just have to be willing to look for it. But in the meantime, keep creating an environment for yourself and your loved ones that is as healthy, loving, and happy as can be. Remember, you are tougher than you think!
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