How to bounce back in difficult times

 

We’ve all been there 

Learning how to bounce back & overcome a difficult situation can be tough.   There you are strolling thru your daily routine sipping your morning latte, joking with your co-workers at work, visiting friends, or spending time at the cottage with family, loving life.  You are experiencing a normal, well planned daily routine looking forward to exciting new future adventures.  Life is good!

And then like a bolt of lightning you are struck down

A negative impact that is so powerful decides to land on your lap, no one else’s.  It’s like a sudden wake up call occurs without any warning that changes your emotional equilibrium and mental state.  It has the potential to devastate your emotional well being and affect many areas of your life .... if you allow it to.     

Our lives can change in an instant.  A sudden traumatic car accident, loss of a job, break up of a relationship, serious health issue, or a death of a love one.   We all experience these stressful events because it is part of life.  It is never easy to overcome these challenges.  Trying to adjust to these events for many people is extremely stressful because our lives have an element of being completely planned out.   In fact 80% of our lives are patterned as such to create more balance. So,  it is easy to understand that when a negative situation occurs our very first reaction is automatic, it is negative.  

We do not respond, we react

We become fearful not knowing what is going to happen, the loss that could inevitably occur and the changes that may very well take place.   Statistically when we become fearful we automatically switch over to the ‘other side’.  We become negative.  We focus entirely on our negative thoughts completely forgetting there is another side to the story.  Fear, doubt and worry become our ‘norm’ until we decide to take control of the situation.  We have all learned thru personal experiences that we know we must  adapt to the changes and continue moving forward.   This is easier said than done as it is entirely our choice.  We are fully responsible.

“I can't control when or if something bad happens.  It is out of my hands and no amount of worrying will prevent it.  But,  I can control how I respond to the world around  me and how I take care of myself”

Focus on what you can control and that is your own thinking.   No one can control your thinking but you.  The thoughts you originate create your emotions and it is those emotions that change your mental state which will affect your actions and inevitably your life's results.  A big part of how you cope with negative situations is this powerful trait: being resilient. Having resilience makes the uncertain things that happen to us in life more certain. Being resilient enables us to live a life that is based on choice, on our thoughts & actions rather than at the mercy of chance or habit. Charles Swindoll quotes:

“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change.  They neither complain of their lot in life nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in.    Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters, they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under “

For all those that are undergoing a dramatic change in your life take control of your thoughts, become resilient and overcome adversity.  Learn to grow, adapt and prosper.   No matter what happens, you can always bounce back. We are resilient and made to thrive. 

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