Overcoming Adversity

We all face adversity at some point in our lives. That’s just life. Sometimes it is something we can deal with verily quickly. Other times it knocks us for a loop.

Some people have shared I do a great job handling all the adversity I have faced the past 16 years. Believe me, it has not been easy. It has taken a lot of practice.

Here are several tools that have helped me deal with adversity in my life. Hopefully, they can help you. Remember, it will take a lot of practice.

1). Seek out support. We cannot deal with the storms alone. We need others. Having someone to talk to during the storms of life can help relieve some of the tension. They can also provide a different perspective. Just be sure the people in your inner circle are positive, caring, and have your best interest at heart.

2). Keep Positive. Yes, stay positive. It is easier said than done. Smile even when you do not feel like it. The benefits of being positive can improve your overall health and extend your lifespan. Also, people love hanging out with positive people.

3). Practice Healthy Habits. Follow a healthy diet, getting a good nights sleep (I am still working on that one), and exercise each day. Even a short walk can make a huge difference. Take time for yourself. A healthy you can make a wonderful difference.

4). Look outside yourself. Some of my sweetest moments have been praying for other people. Take time to listen to their stories. Simply being friendly to a stranger can make a huge difference. Making the choice to slow down to listen and help others can give you a different perspective on your own issues.

5). Write things down. I have never been much of a writer, but during this crazy/beautiful health journey God has given me a lot to say. Writing has helped me express myself and unclutter my thoughts. Writing things down can help you better understand the things going on in your life. Writing things down can also help you get past the storms you are facing.

These are just a few ways I overcome the adversity in my life. I encourage you to find the tools that will help you overcome the storms in your life. ~OC

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