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How to cope with adversity

How to cope with adversity

It is a natural human response to focus on the negative during challenging times, but there are a number of strategies that can help overcome hardship. Here are four steps to get you started.

How to cope with adversity

1. Flip your thinking

Think of a difficult situation or frustration that you’re facing right now. Next, imagine one positive that could arise from this situation. Flip your thinking and look for a bright side. How does it change your perspective? Does it improve your mood?

2. Nurture relationships

Surround yourself with people who persevere, and nurture your important relationships. Make a list of the people you can rely upon when things get tough. Remember, you only need one.

3. Keep moving forward

Make dealing with your adversity a project. Set yourself a goal, or goals, and take decisive action on a regular basis. Don’t dwell on the past but focus on the future and allow that to pull you through.

4. Look after yourself

Set yourself goals to get to bed earlier or practice relaxation techniques to improve your sleep. Move more often. Get outdoors. Eat nutritious food. Look after yourself physically and you will find that your emotional state improves too.

Learning to handle adversity is a life skill that protects us physically and emotionally. Conquer it and you set yourself up for a happier, healthier life. Become resilient and you show your loved ones the path to resilience too. Don’t forget, if you are struggling emotionally and not improving with time please see your GP.

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