7 Ways to Confront and Solve Major Life Issues
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes we may feel burdened with day-to-day problems, but when a big issue hits we may feel overwhelmed. Illness, financial upsets, relocation or loss of a loved one can make everything look a lot bleaker.
If you have been there, you know what that feeling in the pit of your stomach feels like, and how tough it can be to get back to normal, but it’s crucial to know you can do it.
Letting a major issue simply take over can easily push you into the role of a victim with no power. Whenever you feel seriously challenged by a major issue, there are some key things that may help turn everything around.
Pause to regroup - Get away for an hour, an afternoon or a weekend to just absorb what has happened, and what you are facing. When major issues hit, it’s easy to feel sad, bitter, or disoriented. Just let all of those emotions sift through to begin to think more clearly.
Reach out to family and friends - It’s tempting to hide out when the news is just too unthinkable, but your friends and family can handle it, and will help if you let them. Get together to talk, reflect and listen to people that you trust. You will still have to make your own decisions, but the people that you value have probably been through a few issues, too, and may have relevant advice to offer.
Put together a plan - Start with a yellow pad of paper or a blank screen and create an outline of the issue with notes on what needs to be done. Keep developing that outline as you gather needed information to draw conclusions. Finally, put together the best plan of attack with dates and goals and start moving.
Keep going until it’s solved - Once you have a plan and start to act, you will feel better. As you move through the problem you will feel even better as the pieces begin to fall into place. It may not be perfect, but you will be on your way to a solution.
Hang on to your sense of humor - As you work on the problem, take breaks to watch a funny movie or talk to a friend who always makes you laugh. Those chuckles can be great self-correcting cues.
Breathe deep and rest - Set aside time every day to relax. When tension builds, close the door or step outside and do a 1 through 5 breath exercise. Breathe deeply, letting worries go as you exhale. Use a walking meditation or yoga and tai chi to siphon off more stress.
Celebrate the victory - Amazingly, solutions are reached. Sometimes life does not turn out perfectly, but most of us have many blessings to be grateful for. Salute success with friends and family and be glad you are there.
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