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Seven Ways to Thrive Through Difficult Times in Life

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Seven Ways to Thrive Through Difficult Times in Life
You may wonder, is it even possible to thrive during difficult patches in our lives? Difficult can mean various things for people - it could mean a depressive episode, an issue with your health, an injury, a loss, a transition in your life, relocating, a breakup, a rejection of any kind - the list is endless.

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Dealing with difficult times

We may wonder if it is even possible to thrive during difficult patches in our lives. 

The word difficult could mean something different for every person, but the constant is our commitment to deal with it and hopefully gain strength and wisdom from it.

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Keep the big picture in mind

Keep the big picture in mind

What you're going through is just a chapter of your life. The rest of the story is still unwritten. Once you emerge from a difficult period, a blank page will await you to change the record.

At the moment, everything feels confusing, but hindsight will be 20/20 vision. 

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Define your success

Define your success. It is critical in order to know yourself. Success could be your health, career, friendships, being a good spouse or parent.

Difficult times in life require us to redefine our objective, to modify them to fit our new situations. What does betterment look like to you? Is it better health, better grades, healthy relationships? Write down your priorities and work towards them daily.

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Recall your priorities

It is easy to forget our priorities when we are faced with daily information overload.

To help keep your priorities in mind, engage in an activity or habit that makes you remember them. If it is to get healthy, eat well, and exercise regularly.

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Aim for small victories

Write down the three tasks of the day that are most important to you and complete them. It could be as simple as doing your laundry or getting groceries.

During hard times, even simpler tasks may feel overwhelming, so be compassionate to yourself.

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Be responsible for yourself

Take care of yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. Take ownership of your life to ensure that you are not adding more chaos to your life.

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Talk to someone

Talk to someone

Relationships are critical. By confiding in someone, you engage in open communication. They might have a helpful perspective that enables you to thrive through this difficult time.

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Practice compassion

When a friend is going through a difficult patch, you would likely tell them that they are doing the best they can, that they should give themselves a break, that they can get up again.

Now tell that to yourself if you feel overwhelmed on your journey to healing. You may get exhausted sometimes. It's okay, take a deep breath, take some rest, but don't lose the momentum. Do small things that uplift you. You can move forward through difficult times.

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Assert your goals

When things seem to go bad, realize that there are always other options. And then assert exactly what you want for yourself.

Assert it to yourself, the people who support you, and the world. This is the first step in creating a life you’ll feel passionate about.

Focus on what’s working

Stop dwelling on everything you think your life lacks. Negativity is not constructive.

We don’t have to live in the shadow of what could have been if we shine a light on what’s working to allow it to grow.

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Think in Years, Not Days

Before jumping to a conclusion, think about the long-term consequences of your decision.

We may respect those able to fling themselves into a hard problem and make a quick choice with seemingly little thought, but making a meaningful decision needs to be done with care for the long-term effects.

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