Everyone faces challenges in life, but some can be exceptionally difficult to handle–a lengthy course of medical treatment, for example, or a transition to a demanding work situation. The good news is you don’t have to face an upcoming challenge with fear. By being prepared, you can alleviate the worry associated with an impending difficulty and be better equipped to tackle it. Here are six tips to help you get ready for a tough time ahead so you can manage it with strength and tenacity:
Get a jump on everyday tasks.
When you’re under stress, daily duties can go by the wayside. But everyday tasks still need your attention. Fortunately, some things can be done in advance. Use the time before the difficulty kicks in to make meals and freeze them, arrange for help with the kids, get routine appointments out of the way, and do any necessary cleaning.
Learning as much as you can about the situation you’re facing before you get immersed in it will help you avoid complications. Read, talk to others who have been through a similar ordeal or seek counselling or other professional guidance. A little foreknowledge will give you important tips and coping skills to better handle your challenge.
Have a go-to person.
Is there someone–or several people–you trust to be your confidant and support base? Ask them to be “on call” should you need a shoulder to lean on or general help. Family members, friends, coworkers, or even a spiritual guide can fill the role. Just make sure the person is available and willing to help you during the time period you’ll need them.
Nothing can make a difficult situation more difficult than money problems. If your finances are out of whack, make a point to get them in order as soon as possible. Prepare a budget if you don’t already have one, and clear up all unpaid bills. You may even want to pay bills in advance so you won’t have to worry about it or risk forgetting to pay.
Get in the habit of taking care of yourself now so that you won’t risk having unexpected health problems in the weeks ahead. Get rest, exercise, and eat right. You may even want to learn meditation to help alleviate stress down the road. Staying well and practising good health habits now that will help carry you through the tough time.
Focus on the light.
The best way to handle difficulty is with optimism, focus, and the knowledge that it’s temporary. Remember, at the end of every tunnel, there is light. Keep your mind on that thought as you prepare for your journey, and let the light guide you and keep your spirits lifted. Before long, you’ll be over the hump and on the downhill slope.
Facing a life challenge can be scary, but being prepared for the difficulty will make it a lot easier to handle. Follow the above tips and amaze yourself at how strong and capable you are when times get tough.