Life is a crazy journey of pit stops and road blocks, it is easy to feel like you are losing control of your life when turmoil comes into your life. There are money worries, the breakdown of relationships, family stresses and just the general day to day worries which can sometimes consume us and it’s OK to feel a little lost sometimes. The important thing is how do you come back from it? What steps can you put in place to ensure that the damage is minimal and that you will bounce back with the strength to put the pieces back together. Here are my top 5 tips to get back on track ad regain your inner peace and strength.
1. Make a list
I love a list, whether it’s a shopping, goals or to-do list I live by these pieces of paper. I find in high stress situations listing my issues down helps me to not only prioritise what I need to work through first but also helps me to brain storm ways to fix the problem at hand.
2. Lean on family and friends
I don’t think you know how truly important and loved you are by those around you until the world seems to be crashing down and your family and friends are there right behind you to help picking up the pieces. Putting up your hand and asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it takes a strong person to reach out and ask for help. The people around you love you the most in this world, in times of sadness or doubt don’t ever forget that.
3. Do something out of the norm
Get up, get dressed and go and do that thing you have been putting off. Getting out of your regular routine can do wonders for your brain space when you are in a rut. Take a cheap little break, visit that mountain you saw on Instagram and watch the sunset, give yourself time alone to gain clarity and perspective.
4. Watch a sad movie and have a good cry
Sometimes you just have to let it out, I can try to motivate, share my experiences and try to give you ideas to move forward but sometimes a good cry is just what you need but make sure you don’t wallow in self-pity. Have a good cry and an early night and go to sleep with the thought process that tomorrow is a new day and you can handle whatever life throws at you.
5. Watch a motivational video on YouTube or read a self-help/motivational book.
Sometimes a different perspective is all you need to get out of the problem you find yourself in. There are hundreds of thousands of videos online that talk about all sorts of issues from anxiety to getting the most out of your day. Take some time out of your day to listen to the words of others who have been through something similar to you and triumphed, it’s always great to know that you are not alone in the way you are feeling.
I have just finished a self-help book called “You Can Be Happy No Matter What” Five Principals for Keeping Life In Perspective by Richard Carlson it has opened my eyes to a new way of viewing the world by taking control of my thoughts, moods and behaved learnings. Taking time out alone to read is firstly a great way to re-connect with yourself and if you can learn something along the way about yourself or teach yourself better coping mechanisms with the help of a book then you really are winning at life.