4 Ways to Enhance Your Coping Skills
How often have you thought “I just can’t cope” or “I just don’t have the strength to deal with this” or “This is just too much” or similar versions of a self-doubting declaration?
It’s quite natural to give in to the stress and frustrations of life – especially when it seems that all is against you – and those challenges can make you start believing you just can’t jump over life’s inevitable hurdles. However, it’s important to give yourself the benefit of the doubt!
A crucial aspect of helping you achieve peace of mind is for you to have the self-confidence that says, “I can deal with it. I just need to enhance my coping skills.”
If you’re not sure whether you have those skills (trust me, you DO) or where to find them, these techniques will help you to enhance them or if needed, pull them out of hiding:
Weigh the possible outcomes. Stop and consider what the possible outcomes of a rough situation are. What’s the worst that could happen? How have you handled the worst in the past?
Obviously, you made it through to see another day, so is this new situation really as bad as you’re envisioning?
Sure, the tension and discomfort that come with a tough situation are enough to drive you up a wall. But if you really examine the possible outcomes, you’ll likely find that your fear is doing more of a number on you that the outcome ever could!
When you realize that the outcome is more manageable that you thought, allow yourself time to relax before tackling the challenge. You can do this!
Maintain spirituality. Maintaining a connection to your spiritual side is a great way to help you achieve peace of mind and cope with a rough patch in your life. Whether your spirituality is tied in with religion or self-help, you’ll likely be able to achieve inner peace and subsequently weigh situations with the utmost clarity.
If you’re so inclined, pray constantly for strength to deal with tough situations and the peace to accept the outcome.
Practice meditation. It will help reduce the stress, give you increased mental clarity about your challenges, and help bring you close to your spiritual side.
Maintain a positive outlook. Success in life is based less on the situations you face and more on how you think about them and deal with them. Your outlook can go a long way in helping you to deal effectively with challenges. In fact, a positive attitude can even reduce your insurmountable hurdle to a minor distraction!
Believe in self-actualization. Who are you? Take a few moments to really be honest with yourself. What makes you tick? What gives you a true sense of achievement? If you’re able to accurately define yourself, then you can achieve anything you honestly think you’re capable of.
Believe that you’re made with the skills needed to get through trials.
It’s easier than you think to cope with unfavorable situations. You have so much untapped potential and promise, and it’s time to rely on it now for help in your time of need.
As you start to practice these coping techniques, you’ll realize that you’re innately more powerful than you ever acknowledged before. After a while, you’ll discover that absolutely nothing is dire enough to force you to break.