Four Keys to Overcome Difficult Times

Everyone goes through hard times that they think they can’t overcome. Some clear keys can give you the necessary tools to get past it when everything looks bleak.
Four Keys to Overcome Difficult Times

Last update: 06 February, 2020

A breakup or divorce, the death of a family member, getting fired from work…All of these are complicated circumstances that can happen in surprising and unexpected ways. For that reason, it can be very helpful to have a few keys to overcome difficult times when they strike.

Emotions are the most complicated things to manage during these times of crisis. You feel so sad, so scared, and so hopeless that you might think the entire world is against you. However, you’ll have to try to see some light at the end of the tunnel even when everything else seems wrong.

In this article, we’ll tell you some tips to help you overcome difficult times.

Keys to Overcome Difficult Times

1-Accept what has happened

This is a very important step if you want to overcome difficult times. It’s clear that you’re sad and you feel bad or think you didn’t deserve what has happened to you – all of the above may be true. However, you have to accept what has happened.

Being in denial, getting angry, and railing against what’s already happened won’t help you. Only when you accept what has occurred can you start taking the steps forward to continue on with your life.

Let’s look at a simple example.

Your partner has broken up with you, but you’re in denial of the reality. It’s possible that you’re sad and want to try to recover your relationship, but it doesn’t work. Now, you’re spending your time trying to find some explanation for why the breakup happened in the first place, and you wallow in self-pity feeling like you weren’t good enough for the other person.

In this situation, what happens is you’ll get stuck. It’s normal for you to spend a day or two in these circumstances with negative thoughts. However, over time you need to continue on with your life and overcome this hard moment.

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2-Keep busy

Many people, when confronted with a difficult time, shut themselves away and stop doing the things that once excited and fulfilled them. It’s as if a part of them is on pause.

As we said above, it’s natural and normal to spend a few bad days and take refuge in your sadness. If this goes on for weeks, months, or even years, however, you need to seek help.

Don’t shut yourself away from the world at home. Don’t stop moving or going to the gym. If those things once made you happy, keep doing them. You might feel terrible, sure, but life does go on.

As soon as you start doing the things you like you’ll realize something that you might not have been able to see until now: there’s hope.

3-Don’t completely isolate yourself from others

Another very important step is to keep from avoiding other people, staying away from your friends, avoiding your family, and trying to leave the house as little as possible to keep from interacting with others. This will have the opposite effect by hurting you even more.

Contact with others – in whatever form you feel comfortable with depending on your levels of introversion or extroversion – will remind you that you’re not alone in the world. If you’re with a friend or someone you trust, you can express your emotions, say what you think, and vent.

This will also give people the opportunity to provide words of encouragement, give you their support, and help you see things with a little more perspective. It will help you move on with your life.

4-Everything will be in the past

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While you might only see darkness now, if you remember how you overcome bad things that have happened in the past it will help you overcome the current difficulties. That might be a prior breakup, a lost job, or the death of a loved one.

Remember how at the time it was the end of the world but then life continued on and things got better? Didn’t time help you heal? In the moment when everything seems wrong you might think there is no way out. However, later, you find that there is.

For that reason, don’t cling to the pain that is trapping you now. To get through a difficult time, try to remember the keys we outlined above and you’ll see that you’re able to move forward, although now you might feel like there’s no hope left.

Hard times can also force you to check to see if you’re still following the right path in life. They can make you stronger, remind you of what’s truly important to you, help you to accept your shortcomings, and increase your assertiveness and self-esteem.

These are opportunities to get to know yourself better and remind you that life goes on – no matter what.

How do you get overcome difficult times? Have you ever been so low that you felt certain you’d never pick yourself up again? What helped and what didn’t?

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