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So, you’ve found yourself in a difficult situation and life isn’t going quite as well as you had hoped. Time to have a panic attack accompanied by a complete mental breakdown!
What if I told you that you don’t have to endure that hardship anymore?
What if I told you that there are steps you can take to stay afloat, even in the midst of utter chaos?
Now, I can’t promise any spectacular results because everybody is different in how they handle things. But what I can do is provide you the steps that I have found useful in keeping myself afloat even when it looks like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Maybe you’re having financial problems, a quarrel with a close friend, just recently lost your job, or even just feel like no matter what you do you can’t seem to catch a break.
I know your struggle; I have dealt with all of these lately, at the same time. But guess what; I haven’t lost control, I’m still fighting and I haven’t had a panic attack in I don’t know how long.
Isn’t that amazing? I sure think it is! Usually I would wallow in self-pity while sabotaging any chance I had at picking myself back up. Not only that, but I would have panic attack after panic attack which would ultimately lead to a complete mental breakdown. And we all know those are not any fun.
So, how exactly do you stay afloat in the midst of chaos?
Well, there’s a few things you can do.
Take It Slow
One of the things that has really helped me during this chaotic time in my life is to take each day as it comes. That means taking it one day at a time, one hour at a time, or even one minute at a time. By taking it slow, you can prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed by all the chaos around you.
If you’re having financial problems, try to spend as little as possible today and save as much as you can.
If you’ve just lost your job or are having a difficult time finding one, set a goal to edit your resume or apply for X amount of jobs today.
I know, I know, it’s much easier said than done. But this part is absolutely crucial if you want to keep your head above water. Take a minute or two, or even more if you need to, and just look for the good that is going to come from this struggle. Appreciate what you do have.
If you’re quarreling with a friend, maybe this will teach you to have better communication with others or bring you two closer together in the end.
If you just can’t seem to catch a break, take a moment to look at those who aren’t as fortunate as you. That will surely put things into a better perspective for you.
Relax, breathe, take a bubble bath, just do something. You’re struggling right now, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still show yourself love. Loving yourself and treating yourself are two of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Having financial struggles and can’t afford to go out and buy something? Do some yoga, go for a walk in the park, write down a list of affirmations. There are many things you can do to treat yourself without spending money.
Don’t Overdo It
Whatever you do, do not bite off more than you can chew. If you do, you’ll surely end up in a state of extreme panic and mental struggle. Try not to get overwhelmed by everything going on around you. This kind of coincides with the first step, taking it slow. “Slow and easy” as one of my friends always says.
Searching for a job? Break it down into small tasks, set one or two for today and cross it off as you go.
Still not getting along with your friend? Give her time to think it over, maybe you’re at fault but maybe you’re not. You don’t want to worsen the situation by attempting to talk to her when she’s still caught up in her emotions.
In a financial crisis? I’ve recently gotten out of one so I have a lot of tips on how to survive it! (I’ll make a separate post for that,though.) Have a little fun and make it a “No Spend Weekend.” There’s plenty of things you can do for free that are really enjoyable!
Just down on your luck and can’t seem to catch a break? Don’t overwhelm yourself with everything going on around you. Tackle life one task at a time and roll with the punches. You might have been knocked down on your booty, but you will stand up taller than before when it’s all done and over with.
These are just a few of the steps that I have taken recently to keep my head above water during absolute craziness. And guess what, I made it through to the light at the other end of the tunnel. It wasn’t easy and sometimes I wanted to give up, but I kept on persevering and told myself that the chaos was only temporary and my struggle would be well worth it.
What steps do you take to stay calm in the midst of chaos? Comment below and let me know!!