Gloomy days – we all have them! Life has its ups and downs and there’s no escaping it. Recently there have been a few more challenging days than normal which got me thinking. It’s not the challenges that life throws at you that really matter it’s how you handle it. Occasionally it will rain on your parade, but it’s all about finding the silver lining. It can be tough to see it at the time, but there is always something to be grateful for. I want to share a few ways that have helped me though a difficult month, that I hope will help you as well.
I’ve had a really overwhelming month between the demands of my full-time job, the blog and all of the other duties that come along with adulting. We’ve had a few unexpected things come up this month, including a massive hail storm that will probably result in needing a new roof. Storm season in Texas is always interesting! So with a crazy month, I’ve been doing a few things that help me take it all in stride.
Take a Deep Breath – I can get frustrated or overwhelmed pretty quickly. I work hard but I don’t always realize that I put too much on my plate. This results in a lot of anxiety and frustration. When I notice that I’m really irritated I take a deep breath and change my focus. Maybe I need to pet my dog for a few minutes, or go make myself a cup of tea. Just giving yourself time to breathe is so important.
Ask for Help – Brian was away last month so it was hard not to feel like everything was falling on me. This made everything that much harder to handle because I felt like I was juggling so many different things. Having people around you that you can lean on is so important. Whether that’s family, friends or coworkers it’s okay to ask for help when you feel like you’ve had too much. Just having people you know support you makes everything feel much more manageable.
Walk Away – This is one step further from taking a breather. Sometimes you really just need to walk away from a project or a situation to let everything calm down. Go back to it a few days later and I promise things will look completely different. I’m always guilty of being stubborn and not wanting to give up. It ends up making me even more frustrated! I had a project that seemed like it would never end. Everything I did wasn’t working and I couldn’t think straight anymore. I went back to it a week later and finished it in under 15 minutes! It’s all about coming back with a fresh perspective.
Focus on the Positive – It can be so hard to see a silver lining when it feels like everything is hitting at the same time. Take our roof for example, that is a cost that we were not expecting but it only took a minute for me to be able to say I am so grateful to just have a roof over my head. It’s a blessing to own a home that I love and insurance that can help with the unexpected. Once you start focusing on the positives, the challenges seem so much smaller. It’s a goal of mine to live in gratitude rather than focus on the negative. It has such an impact on how you see life.
The saying “April showers bring May flowers” has been so appropriate lately. There might be gloomy days, but after the storm comes the sunshine. Using these tips has helped me handle everything life has been throwing at me lately. What do you do when life hands you challenges? Let me know in the comments below. I always love hearing what other people do! Have a great week! xo Bryn
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