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Deal Better With Difficult Times: What to do When it Gets Tough

Life can be incredible but it’s not always easy, none of us can expect things to go completely smoothly 100% of the time and unfortunately there will always be some bumps in the road. Whether it’s a lost job, a divorce, financial worries or health issues, every now and again life has a way of pulling a fast one on us. But it doesn’t have to be the end, when bad situations crop up there are ways we can get through it and come out a better person on the other side. Here are some ideas. 


Talk it through

A problem shared really is a problem halved, when you’re going through a tough time sometimes just the act of saying it out loud to someone you trust can make all the difference. It could be a friend, an online support group, a therapist, whoever you’re comfortable with. When it comes to our own problems we tend to get tunnel vision, seeing things in one way only and struggling to resolve the issue. Other people can offer another perspective, a new way of looking at things. Sometimes that’s all we need to start working through problems which we’d be otherwise stuck on. 


Look after your health

When you’re going through a rough time emotionally, it’s easy for your physical health to suffer. You might start eating the wrong things due to stress, you might turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope or stay up late at night stressing. Anything that negatively impacts your physical body will affect your mental health too, and do nothing but make your situation worse. Consider using exercise and/ or meditation as a way to de-stress. Eat healthy foods, even if you don’t have much of an appetite- things like homemade smoothies and vegetable soups are good for getting nutrients into small portions. 


Figure out your finances

Whether finances are the sole cause of your stress or just aren’t helping matters, getting your money under control is no bad thing. Have a think about your plan of action, for example if you’re a truck driver who’s been put out of work due to an accident, a truck accident lawyer could claim you the money you’re entitled to. If you’re in debt and can’t make repayments, speaking to a charity and entering an IVA or debt management plan is the way to go. Whatever your financial position is, if you’re struggling with money there’s often a way to make things a little easier. It could be by budgeting better and spending less, or finding ways to earn more. 


Make new goals

When things go badly in life it can feel like the end, but often, it’s just the beginning. Find a way to turn your misery into something good, use your emotions as a foundation to building yourself back up. Decide what your next move will be, and set goals which will allow you to continue moving forward rather than staying stuck and wallowing where you are. Give yourself chance to feel upset and whatever emotions flood over you after a bad situation, then pick yourself up and try again or direct your course to a new path, 

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